Europa League - Quarter-Final - 2nd Leg
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Zenit St Petersburg 2-2 Sevilla

Sevilla players celebrate scoring against Zenit St Petersburg
Sevilla won Europe's second tier club competition in 2006, 2007 and 2014
Champions League & Europa League semi-finals draw
Venue: Uefa headquarters, Nyon, Switzerland Date: 11:00 BST Friday, 24 April
Coverage: Live text commentary on Sportsday via the BBC Sport website, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV

Holders Sevilla survived a scare to book a place in the Europa League semi-finals after a 4-3 aggregate win over Russia's Zenit St Petersburg.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Carlos Bacca extended the Spanish club's cushion with a penalty before Zenit's Salomon Rondon and a sublime 40-yard finish from Hulk levelled things.

But substitute Kevin Gameiro's 86th-minute equaliser sent Sevilla through.

Italian clubs Fiorentina and Napoli, and Ukraine's Dnipro, are also through.

Uefa had announced that Russian and Ukrainian clubs would be prevented from meeting in the semi-finals if they advanced, in light of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

But Ukraine's Dynamo Kiev joined Zenit in exiting the tournament.

Hulk (left)
Brazilian forward Hulk (left) celebrates after scoring from 40-yards for Zenit St Petersburg

Sevilla, though, remain on course to win Europe's second tier competition for the fourth time in nine years.

It was far from comfortable for Unai Emery's team in Russia as Zenit, managed by former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, pushed them all the way.

All seemed to be going well when Bacca scored from the spot after Vitolo was brought down by Luis Neto.

Rondon equalised early in the second half before Brazilian Hulk scored a spectacular long-range goal after spotting keeper Beto off his line.

But with the tie heading for extra-time, Gameiro connected with Vitolo's cross to put the tie out of Zenit's reach.

Fiorentina, who overcame Tottenham earlier in the competition, secured a 3-1 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev.

The Ukrainian visitors had arrived in Italy with hopes of making it through after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

But goals by Mario Gomez and Juan Manuel Vargas put the game out of reach, Kiev finishing with 10 men after Jeremain Lens was sent off.

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez remains on course to win the competition for the second time in three seasons.

The Spaniard - who won the title with Chelsea in 2013 - saw his side held 2-2 by Wolfsburg, with Jose Maria Callejon and Dries Mertens scoring for the hosts before two goals in three minutes by Timm Klose and Ivan Perisic earned the Germans a creditable draw.

However, the Italians still advanced 6-3 on aggregate.

Dnipro, who have never won a major European trophy, advanced 1-0 on aggregate against Club Brugge after an 82nd-minute winner in Ukraine by Yevgen Shakhov.

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez
Napoli manager Rafael Benitez won the Europa League at Chelsea in 2013
Fiorentina v Dynamo Kiev
Fiorentina are sixth in Serie A
Dnipro v Club Brugge
Dnipro are third in the Ukrainian League

Line-ups

Zenit St Petersburg

  • 1LodyginBooked at 90mins
  • 19Smolnikov
  • 13NetoBooked at 5mins
  • 6Lombaerts
  • 4Criscito
  • 21Javi García
  • 28WitselBooked at 40mins
  • 7Hulk
  • 35Danny
  • 17Shatov
  • 23RondónSubstituted forKerzhakovat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Anyukov
  • 10Arshavin
  • 11Kerzhakov
  • 16Malafeev
  • 33Rodic
  • 44Tymoshchuk
  • 90Sheydaev

Sevilla

  • 13Beto
  • 23Andújar Moreno
  • 21Martín ParejaSubstituted forIborraat 22'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 6Carrico Martins
  • 2Trémoulinas
  • 4Krychowiak
  • 25Mbia
  • 22Vidal Parreu
  • 19BanegaBooked at 83mins
  • 20Machín PérezSubstituted forD Suárezat 90+2'minutes
  • 9BaccaSubstituted forGameiroat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Navarro Corbacho
  • 5Figueiras
  • 7Gameiro
  • 10Reyes
  • 12Iborra
  • 17D Suárez
  • 29Rico
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli
Attendance:
24,000

Match Stats

Home TeamZenit St PetersburgAway TeamSevilla
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home20
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Zenit St Petersburg 2, FC Sevilla 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Zenit St Petersburg 2, FC Sevilla 2.

Attempt saved. Stéphane Mbia (FC Sevilla) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Éver Banega with a cross.

Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Domenico Criscito.

Booking

Juri Lodygin (Zenit St Petersburg) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Danny (Zenit St Petersburg).

Denis Suárez (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Juri Lodygin.

Attempt missed. Éver Banega (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Offside, FC Sevilla. Grzegorz Krychowiak tries a through ball, but Kevin Gameiro is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. Denis Suárez replaces Vitolo.

Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Igor Smolnikov.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Beto (FC Sevilla) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Zenit St Petersburg 2, FC Sevilla 2. Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vitolo following a fast break.

Corner, Zenit St Petersburg. Conceded by Stéphane Mbia.

Corner, Zenit St Petersburg. Conceded by Beto.

Attempt blocked. Danny (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

Substitution

Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Alexander Kerzhakov replaces Salomón Rondón.

Booking

Éver Banega (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Éver Banega (FC Sevilla).

Corner, Zenit St Petersburg. Conceded by Beto.

Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (Zenit St Petersburg) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hulk with a cross.

Foul by Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg).

Vitolo (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Hulk with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Zenit St Petersburg. Conceded by Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Igor Smolnikov.

Corner, Zenit St Petersburg. Conceded by Stéphane Mbia.

Booking

Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Javi García (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla).

Attempt saved. Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juri Lodygin.

Corner, Zenit St Petersburg. Conceded by Beto.

Attempt saved. Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Domenico Criscito.

Attempt saved. Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Carriço.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. Kevin Gameiro replaces Carlos Bacca.

Goal!

Goal! Zenit St Petersburg 2, FC Sevilla 1. Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) left footed shot from long range on the right to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Igor Smolnikov.

Corner, Zenit St Petersburg. Conceded by Daniel Carriço.

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