Dortmund: Lucas Ocampos headed in a late goal to snatch a 1-0 win for Sevilla over Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) on Tuesday as it reached the Europa League semi-finals. The English side paid the price for missing an early penalty.
Raul Jimenez saw his hesitant spot-kick easily saved by goalkeeper Bono in the 13th minute of the single-leg tie. Wolves failed to muster a shot on target after that as Julen Lopetegui’s side took control. Five-time winner Sevilla, which will face Manchester United in the last four in Cologne on Sunday, enjoyed 73% of the possession in a one-sided game.
Wolves, playing in its first European quarter-final for 48 years, appeared to feel the effects of a marathon season, which saw it play 59 matches, including 17 in the Europa League. But, the Midlands team made a promising start with Adama Traore at the centre of things.
Having set up an early chance which Jimenez headed straight at Bono, the Spaniard powered into the area and was tripped from behind by Diego Carlos. Jimenez, who usually waits for the keeper to move, appeared caught in two minds and his effort was comfortably stopped by Bono with a dive to his left.
It was the Mexican’s first penalty miss for Wolves after converting his previous eight efforts. Sevilla dominated the match after that, passing the ball around in the centre of the pitch, but it was fairly unproductive possession. The second half was a similar story with Wolves apparently happy to allow Sevilla to knock the ball around in midfield.
But the Spanish team grew more dangerous towards the end and broke through with two minutes left. Its 13th corner was rolled to Ever Banega and he curled a cross into the area, which Ocampos flicked past keeper Rui Patricio. In the other quarter-final, Shakhtar Donetsk defeated FC Basel 4-1 and set up a last four clash with Inter Milan on Monday.