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Holders Sevilla beat Zenit to reach semis

Fola Akintomide

Sevilla’s Kevin Gameiro scored a late equaliser to snatch a 2-2 draw at Zenit St Petersburg that sent the Europa League holders into the semi-finals with a 4-3 aggregate win on Thursday.

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

UEFA’s worst fears of a final between teams from Russia and Ukraine were avoided as Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk became the only team from those two countries to reach the last four by beating Club Bruges 1-0 after the first leg had ended goalless.

Sevilla’s clash with Zenit was in the balance heading into the second leg with the Spaniards holding a 2-1 lead which they increased after six minutes with Carlos Bacca’s penalty.