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    Europa League Semi Final Draw

    By Carl Halsall

    Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will face Spanish Side Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals, whilst holders Sevilla were drawn against Ukranian team Shakhtar Donetsk, in Friday's draw held in Nyon.

    The heroics at Anfield against Dortmund in the quarter-finals will make Liverpool players, and fans believe that anything is possible from here on in.

    Villareal are going strong in La Liga so far this season, currently 4th, 8 points clear of 5th place Celta Vigo, with a place in next seasons Champions League a strong possibility.

    Cedric Bakambu, Villareal's main striker, has 9 goals in this seasons Europa League, and has 12 goals in La Liga so far this season.

    They are certainly a force at home in their domestic league this season, as they have beaten both Athletico and Real Madrid, as well as holding Barcelona to a draw.

    El Madrigal - Villareal's home stadium

    However, Villarreal are winless in their last 10 games against English opposition, drawing 6, and losing 4 times. 

    Liverpool have won the competition three times, most recently in 2001 against Alaves, while Villarreal have twice lost at the semi-final stage.

    Sevilla have won the competition the last 2 seasons, winning it for a total of 4 times, whilst Shakhtar Donetsk have won the competition once back in 2009.

    Shakhtar will pose a stern test to Unai Emery's men, who, like Liverpool, and Sevilla, will feel they have a greater chance of reaching next season's Champions League via winning the Europa League, instead of going through the domestic league route.

    While Sevilla sit seventh in La Liga, Shakhtar are second in the Ukrainian Premier League and have lost only two top-flight games this season.

    The first legs of the Semi-Finals will take place on Thursday 28 April, with the return legs a week later on Thursday 5 May, with the winners of the two ties going through to play the final in Basel's St Jakob-Park, on Wednesday 18 May 2016.

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