Holders Sevilla reach Europa semis, Italians too

Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:38pm EDT
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro grabbed a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday to send the Europa League holders into the semi-finals after woeful goalkeeping had threatened to ruin their night.

Sevilla went through 4-3 on aggregate, but only after a 1-0 lead in Russia turned into a 2-1 deficit following two terrible errors of judgment from Portuguese stopper Beto.

The re-emergence of Italy from the footballing doldrums continued as Fiorentina and Napoli reached the semi-finals of Europe's second tier competition after Juventus made the last four of the Champions League on Wednesday

Fiorentina beat 10-man Dynamo Kiev 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate win while Napoli completed a 6-3 victory over two legs against VfL Wolfsburg after a 2-2 draw in Italy.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk completed the semi-final lineup but UEFA's worst fears of a final between teams from Russia and Ukraine were avoided.

Dnipro became the only team from those two countries to reach the last four by beating Club Bruges 1-0 after the first leg ended goalless.