The quarter-final encounter brought an end to the fairy tale run of Wolverhampton Wanderers in this year’s Europa League. Sevilla, three-time Europa champions defeated them 1-0 on the night.
Sevilla midfielder Lucas Ocampos headed a late goal to snatch a narrow win over Wolves. They reached the Europa League semi-finals at the expense of the English side who paid the price for an early penalty miss.
Goalkeeper Bono easily saved Raul Jimenez tame effort in the 13th minute of the single-leg tie. As the match wore on,
Wolves failed to muster a shot on target and surrendered the initiative to the Spanish club.
Former Real Madrid and Spain coach Julen Lopetegui’s side took control and dealt the decisive blow on the 88th minute of the match.
Consequently, the five-times winners Sevilla will face Manchester United in the last four in Cologne on Sunday. Sevilla enjoyed 73% of possession and won 14 corners to none for Wolves in a one-sided game.
Adama Traore offred the only threat for Wolves going forward. True to his characteristics, a burst of pace in the first half led to the penalty Wolves won on the night,
Having set up an early chance which Raul 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 Bono comfortably stopped his effort with a dive to his left. It was the Mexican’s first penalty miss for Wolves after converting his previous eight efforts. This set the tone for Sevilla, as they dominated the match after that, passing the ball around in the center of the pitch. Still, it was reasonably unproductive possession, and they created few openings.
Sevilla grew stronger in confidence in the second half, pushing their opponents back their half. It continued for almost all of the second half as Sevilla continued to knock the ball around. The continuous probing of the Wolves rearguard paid off eventually, and in the 88th minute, it happened. Ocampo flicked on a short corner kick taken by Ever Banega into the net.