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Andrew Tibot 2nd May 2016 - 12:04

Europa League Opta Facts - Semi Final 2nd Leg


Liverpool v Villarreal

o   59% of teams to win 1-0 at home in the first leg of Europa League knockout ties have gone on to progress to the next round (since 2009/10, 16 of 27).

o   The Reds have progressed from three of their previous five semi-finals in European competition after losing the first leg away from home.

o   The Reds have won their last seven home second leg ties in European semi-finals; conceding just one goal in that time.

o   Liverpool have won three of their last four home European matches during the knockout stages versus sides from Spain; conceding only twice in that time (L1).

o   Liverpool have lost four of their last five games against Spanish clubs whilst Villarreal have failed to win any of their last five visits to England in European competitions; scoring just one goal in that run (D2 L3).

o   This is Liverpool's fourth European semi-final against a Spanish side; they've progressed from two of those but were eliminated last time versus Atletico Madrid in the 2009/10 Europa League semi-finals.

o   Villarreal have faced English opposition in a major European semi-final before, they were knocked out of the 2005/06 Champions League by Arsenal at this stage.

o   The Yellow Submarine have only failed to score in one of their last 32 Europa League matches (including qualifiers) whilst Liverpool have only scored in one of their most recent five games played in European competition versus Spanish opposition.

o   If Villarreal progress from this round, it'll be the first time they have reached a major European competition final (three Intertoto Cup finals).

o   Villarreal have gone 12 European games unbeaten (nine wins, three draws); that's a new club record.

o   Klopp was the victorious manager in his only previous major semi-final in European competition as a coach, seeing off Real Madrid over two legs (W1 L1; 4-3 on aggregate) in the 2012/13 Champions League.

o   Daniel Sturridge has only scored one goal in 13 previous Europa League appearances.

o   Villarreal's Denis Suárez assisted Adrián's stoppage time winner during the first leg; he's recorded more assists than any other player this season in the Europa League (7).

o   Only Aduriz (10, Athletic Bilbao) has scored more Europa League goals than Villarreal's Cédric Bakambu this season (9).

o   Roberto Soldado (Villarreal) and Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) have registered 37 shots in the 2015/16 Europa League; a joint-high in the competition.



Sevilla v Shakhtar Donetsk

o   80% of teams to draw 2-2 away from home in the first leg of a Europa League knockout tie have gone onto progress to the next round (since 2009/10, 8 of 10).

o   The Ukrainian side have gone five matches without a win over Spanish opposition in European competition (D2 L3); failing to score at all in three of those games.

o   Sevilla have faced Ukrainian opposition six times previously in European competition; they have never lost (W4 D2).

o   Shakhtar come into this match having won their last three Europa League matches on the road in a row; conceding just one goal in that time.

o   Sevilla however, have managed to win 11 of their last 12 home games in this competition; losing the most recent Europa League match at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium though (1-2, v Athletic Bilbao).

o   Sevilla have reached the semi-final stage of the Europa League for the third successive season; they went on to lift the trophy in the previous two campaigns.

o   Sevilla could become the first team since Juventus in 1998, to reach a major European competition final three times in a row; Juventus managed it four times in a row between 1995 and 1998.

o   Both of these teams have never been eliminated in a European competition semi-final; both teams have always go on to win the trophy.

o   All three of the previous matches played out between these teams have seen Sevilla and Shakhtar both score at least twice.

o   The last seven goals scored by Shakhtar have come from seven different players (excluding own-goals).

o   Nine of Sevilla's last 10 home goals in the Europa League have come from open play whilst eight of Shakhtar's last 10 on the road in this competition have come from open play.

o   Unai Emery will record his 100th European game as manager; his counterpart Mircea Lucescu however has more experience (213 games) than the other three semi-final coaches combined (186).

o   Kevin Gameiro has been involved in six goals across his last four Europa League appearances (four scored and two assists) as well as getting on the scoresheet in each of his last four home appearances in this competition.

o   In fact, Gameiro has been involved in six of the last seven Europa League goals for Sevilla (two assists and four goals).

o   Marlos (Shakhtar Donetsk) has scored twice and assisted two goals in the Europa League this season in seven games, the same as he managed in 14 Europa League games for Metallist Kharkiv.



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