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Wolves knocks out of the Europa League, Sevilla to face Manchester United in semis

In the Europa League courtesy of the late goal of Lucas Ocampos, Sevilla set a semi-final battle with Manchester United as Wolves were forced to rue a saved penalty for Raul Jimenez.

Wolves debuted in a quarter-final in Europe since 1972 and understood a victory would set up a last-four collision with Manchester United but they began the game as failures facing five-time winners Sevilla.

To take an unexpected advantage in the 12th minute Nuno Espirito Santo’s team was granted a glorious chance when Adama Traore received a penalty following another exciting midfield run but Yassine Bounou saved Jimenez’s tame and indecisive spot-kick. 

Although at least one player managed to reach the box before Jimenez kicked the ball, there is nevertheless a possibility that the goalkeeper of Sevilla had stepped off his line before the shot was made.

A Sevilla tactical tweak-unbeaten in a club record of 18 games-swung the game in their favor and they went on to control possession.

However, with the unchecked Jules Kounde heading over from Suso’s kick before halfway into the second half the Liga side failed to create a clear-cut chance.

Seville took Wolves’ heart right at the death though when the superb Ever Banega selected Ocampos with an outstanding cross at 88 minutes on the clock and finished with a clever glancing header setting up a semi-final with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in the last four, crushing the Molineux club’s hope of European glory in the way.

Wolverhampton – Sevilla 0-1

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Goal: Ocampos 88.

Yellow Cards: Saiss 49, Ruben Neves 90+1 – Diego Carlos 11.

Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio, Doherty, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho (Neto 71), Traore (Jota 79), Jimenez.

Sevilla: Bono, Navas, Kounde, Santos Silva, Reguilon, Banega, Reges, Jordan (Vazquez 85), Saez (El Haddadi 89), En-Nesyri (de Jong 85), Ocampos.

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