Europa League semi-final draw: Liverpool handed Villarreal tie

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After a thrilling quarter-final round of the Europa League, the draw for the semi-finals of the competition has taken place in Switzerland.

Premier League outfit Liverpool will have to overcome Villarreal to secure their place in the final of the competition. The second-leg will be played at Anfield. 

Shakhtar Donetsk and Sevilla will meet in the other semi-final, with the games set to take place on April 28 and May 5.


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Thursday night proved a dramatic night, of course, as Liverpool produced a remarkable comeback to eliminate German outfit Borussia Dortmund. 

Trailing 4-2 on aggregate, Jurgen Klopp's side scored three goals in the final 24 minutes to secure the most unlikeliest of victories.

Unlike Liverpool, Shakhtar cruised through to the semi-finals after securing a 6-1 aggregate win over Braga. Spanish outfit Villarreal also impressed in the quarter-finals after overcoming Sparta Prague 6-3 on aggregate. 

The all-Spanish tie between Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao also proved to be a tasty clash, with the former coming out on top after a penalty shoot-out. 

Incredible night for Liverpool 

But the standout game of the night was most definitely at Anfield, where Klopp managed to get one over on his former club. Following the game, the revered coach admitted that it had been a memorable occasion. 

Speaking to BT Sport after the contest, as per the Guardian, the Liverpool boss stated: “It was a wonderful, wonderful night. That was football at its best, a great game to experience for everyone involved. We wanted to be brave but that becomes more difficult when you go behind so early, though in the end I think the result was deserved. We might have got a little bit lucky but we never stopped trying and we created a lot of chances.

"The counter-attack of Dortmund is well known, and they hit us twice. Very often in football the game would have been over, but not here, not with this Liverpool team. As was proved in 2005 when Liverpool came back from three goals down to win a Champions League final, anything is possible if you try.

“It did not really look likely at first, but when we started to come back everyone could see something changed inside the stadium. You could feel it and smell it. We had to show our character and that’s exactly what the lads did. It was pretty cool to watch, but the lads deserve all the credit.”

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