Sevilla stun Fiorentina, Dnipro peg back Napoli

SEVILLE: Sevilla are firmly on course for a second consecutive Europa League crown when an Aleix Vidal double and a Kevin Gameiro strike secured a thumping 3-0 win at home to Fiorentina in their semi-final first leg last night.


Chasing a record fourth triumph in Europe’s second-tier club competition, Sevilla took the lead in the 17th minute at a festive Sanchez Pizjuan stadium when Vidal thrashed a low shot into the corner from a Carlos Bacca lay-off.

The Spanish midfielder made it 2-0 to the Andalusians seven minutes into the second half when Vitolo released him into space on the right of the penalty area and he finished clinically past Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto.

Substitute Gameiro put the tie virtually beyond the Italians 15 minutes from time when he scored with his first touch just 30 seconds after replacing Bacca following good work down the left from full-back Benoit Tremoulinos.

In the other semi-final, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk substitute Yevhen Seleznyov snatched a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at Napoli who spurned several chances.

David Lopez put Napoli ahead early in the second half on a frustrating night for home striker Gonzalo Higuain, who saw four second-half efforts saved before Seleznyov struck.

Argentina international Higuain was thwarted by goalkeeper Denys Boyko as the Serie A side pressed for a second goal.

Seleznyov then took advantage of slack Napoli defending to snatch an equaliser with nine minutes left to put the Ukrainians in pole position for a place in the final in Warsaw.