Villarreal seal fourth, Liverpool and Sevilla lose

Villarreal warmed up for their semi-final decider with Liverpool by securing fourth place in Spain and there was joy too for Shakhtar Donetsk, while defeat beckoned for the Reds and Sevilla.

The UEFA Europa League semi-final deciders loomed large for the last four clubs involved this weekend, but that did not stop Villarreal clinching fourth place in Spain with victory at Valencia. Shakhtar Donetsk enjoyed a morale-boosting win as well, though Liverpool and Sevilla both lost.

Liverpool v Villarreal
Sunday: Swansea 3-1 Liverpool (A. Ayew 20 67, Cork 33; Benteke 65)

  • Christian Benteke nodded in his 50th Premier League strike of his career as Swansea City dismantled a much-changed Liverpool side – with an average age of just 23 – in Wales. Brad Smith was sent off for the Reds, whose hopes of a UEFA Champions League berth now rest on winning the UEFA Europa League this season.

Sunday: Valencia 0-2 Villarreal (Samu 14, Adrián López 33)

  • The Yellow Submarine clinched fourth place in Spain and a spot in UEFA Champions League qualifying thanks to a pair of first-half strikes. Roberto Soldado provided both assists as Samu opened the scoring and Adrián López – who made the difference against Liverpool on Thursday – finished off a counterattacking move to leave Villarreal six points ahead of Athletic Club with a superior head-to-head record.

Sevilla v Shakhtar Donetsk
Sunday: Espanyol 1-0 Sevilla (Caicedo 52)

  • Sevilla – without an away league win in 18 outings – remain in seventh after suffering a ninth Liga reverse on the road this term. With an eye on Thursday's return against Shakhtar, Unai Emery made 11 changes to the side that earned a 2-2 draw in Ukraine and paid the price as Felipe Caicedo struck in the second half.

Sunday: Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 Dynamo Kyiv (Eduardo 33 78, Wellington Nem 73)

  • The Pitmen had Yaroslav Rakitskiy and Taras Stepanenko sent off, while the visitors lost Andriy Yarmolenko to a second bookable offence in a fiery affair between the top two in Ukraine. Eduardo notched two and Wellington Nem added another as Serhiy Rebrov's charges – crowned champions last week – suffered their second league defeat of the season.