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Andrew Tibot 11th Apr 2016 - 16:28

Europa League Opta Facts - Quarter Final 2nd Leg


Sevilla v Athletic Bilbao

o   Sevilla (4) and Athletic (2) have progressed in each of the previous UEFA Cup / Europa League quarter final ties that they have been involved in.

o   Only once before have Sevilla been eliminated at the QF stage of a European competition- this was versus Real Madrid in 1958 (European Cup).

o   Athletic have won two of their previous three European ties against Spanish teams; in the UEFA Cup against Barcelona in 1977 (QF) and versus Valencia in the Europa League Last 16 in 2016 (they lost the 2012 Europa League final vs Atletico Madrid).

o   Athletic's Aritz Aduriz is the Europa League top scorer (9) so far this season.

o   Only Santi Mina (three goals, three assists) has had a hand in more goals than Kevin Gameiro (three goals, one assist) in the knockout phases of the Europa League 2015-16.

o   Sevilla have won 11 European games in a row at home, not losing there since March 2014 when they were beaten 0-2 by Betis.

o   Fernando Llorente is the top scoring Spanish player in Europa League history with 16 goals.

o   If Sevilla progress they will become the Spanish side to have beaten the most Spanish teams in knockout rounds and finals (7): Barcelona, Osasuna, Espanyol, Betis, Valencia, Villareal, Athletic.


Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund

o   Liverpool have progressed from 11 of their last 12 European ties in which they've drawn the first leg away from home, only failing to do so against Celtic in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup.

o   Dortmund have been eliminated on five of the six occasions they've drawn the first leg of a European tie at home.

o   The Reds have never lost at home to German opposition in European competition (W10 D3), conceding just one goal in those 13 games.

o   The German side have lost just one of their last four away games against English opposition (W2 D1), though they lost on their only previous visit to Anfield (0-2 in the 2001/02 Champions League).

o   Divock Origi was the ninth player to score for Liverpool in the Europa League this season in the reverse leg. Only Napoli and Lazio (10 each) have had more scorers in the competition this season.

o   Dortmund have had more shots (including blocked) than any other team in the Europa League this season (196).

o   Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose a European tie in charge of Liverpool, winning four and drawing five.

o   Only Aritz Aduriz (9) has scored more goals in the Europa League this season than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


Shakhtar Donetsk v Sporting Braga

o   This will be the fourth competitive meeting between these two clubs in Europe - Shakhtar have won the previous three (both in the 2010-11 Champions League group stages and the first leg of this tie).

o   This is the second time that Sporting Braga have reached the quarter final stage of the Europa League. In 2010-11 they eventually lost in the final to Porto.

o   This will be Shakhtar's first quarter final appearance in a European competition since the 2010-11 Champions League (when they were knocked out by Barcelona).

o   The Ukrainian side have won their last four European matches; their best run in Europe since March 2011 (five wins).

o   None of the last 10 European fixtures between Portuguese and Ukrainian clubs have been won by the team from Portugal (six Ukrainian wins, four draws).

o   Braga have failed to score in three of their last four Europa League away matches.

o   Shakhtar will be looking to win consecutive European home matches for the first time since October 2012.


Sparta Prague v Villarreal

o   Villarreal have reached the quarter final stage of a European competition for the first time since 2010-11, when they reached the semis of the Europa League.

o   This is Sparta Prague's first quarter final appearance in a European competition since 1992-93, when they were knocked out of the Cup Winners' Cup by Parma.

o   Sparta Prague last won a quarter-final tie in Europe back in 1972-73 (vs FC Schalke 04).

o   The last Czech team to qualify for a European quarter final was Slovan Liberec in 2001-02 (UEFA Cup), while no Czech side has progressed from a European QF tie since Slavia Prague in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup.

o   Only two of the last 24 European matches (incl. qualifiers) between Spanish and Czech teams have been won by the side from the Czech Republic (eight draws, 14 Spanish wins).

o   Sparta Prague have scored in every one of their 15 European matches (incl. qualifiers) in 2015-16.

o   Cédric Bakambu has scored seven goals in his last nine Europa League appearances for Villarreal.

o   Villarreal had 27 shots (inc. blocked) in the first leg of this tie - the most that they have attempted in a single Europa League match this season.


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