Match: Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk – Sevilla
Дата: 27 May, Wednesday, 2015
Start time: 19:45 GMT
Dnipro and Sevilla go against each other on Wednesday night in battle for the trophy in the Europa League. Spaniards will defend the trophy in Warsaw against Ukrainian sensation, almost nobody expected from Dnipro to reach the final.
Dnipro is the third in the Ukrainian championship by just one point from the second Shakhtar. The second position in the championship entitles the Champions League and if it does not win the trophy, will be very important to finish on this position.
This weekend Dnipro recording a very important success, beating Shakhtar (Donetsk) 3:2, which results in a direct battle for second place. Victory will give extra confidence to the team before the match of the season against Sevilla.
In the Europa League Ukrainian team record an incredible achievement this season – never lost a match at home. Dnipro eliminated in the semifinals succulent favorite after Napoli 1:1 in the first match in Naples. On the second leg Ukrainians won with 1:0 thanks to the goal of Seleznyov and incredible interventions of the goalkeeper Dennis Boyko. At quarter-finals side Dnipro Belgian Grand Bruges.
Again draw, this time 0: 0 in the first game as a guest, “blue” won the second leg at home with 1:0. With the same score and beat Ajax in the front stage and then lost the visit to Amsterdam with 1:2, but thanks to the rule of away goals went ahead.
Sevilla finished on 5th position in the final standings in the Primera Liga, which means that the only way to play in the Champions League is to defend the trophy in the Europa League. Sevilla are unbeaten in their last 9 games in the tournament, winning eight of them.
The semifinals they beat Fiorentina firmly with a total score of 5: 0, and the quarterfinals removed Zenith pretty hard in the first match Sevilla won 2: 1 at home and the second leg in St. Petersburg made it to later tie the score 2: 2 . The team of Unai Emerei was convincing and eighth-finals beating Villarreal twice – 3:1 and 2:1.
Sevilla have a good memory of their last clash against Ukrainian team. In the 2010/11 season they beat Karpaty Lviv twice in the group stage of the Europa League. For their part Dnipro game against the Spanish team in the now distant 2004, when the old format of the tournament for the UEFA Cup had only one match against Real Zaragoza and lost 1: 2.
For the final match is difficult to give a tip. Both teams have reached this stage, they deserve it and can win the trophy. However, for me Sevilla is better team and will duplicate its success from last year.