Liverpool to meet reigning champs Sevilla in Europa League final

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This will also be the second cup final for both clubs this season. Liverpool lost to Manchester City in penalty kicks in the Capital One Cup back in February. Sevilla has still yet to play in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, set for May 22. Two finals for Sevilla between May 18-22. Thats a pretty quick turnaround, considering whats at stake.

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The 2015-16 Europa League final has been set. Liverpool dispatched Villarreal on Thursday, while Sevilla, who has won the last two editions of the competition, beat Shakhtar Donetsk, setting up a big-time battle on May 18 in Basel, Switzerland.

Liverpool came from behind after losing 1-0 in the first leg to continue its resurgence under Jurgen Klopp, while Sevillas cup form continued with a dominate display against Shakhtar.

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Liverpool to meet reigning champs Sevilla in Europa League final

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Liverpool to meet reigning champs Sevilla in Europa League final

The Reds will play the Spanish club for a spot in the Champions League next season.

This sets up a tasty final, and there is plenty on the line in this one, perhaps even more important than the trophy. This is the second year in which the winner of the tournament will automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage next year. Both Sevilla and Liverpool are too far away from UCL qualification in their domestic league to qualify directly, but one will make it to next years tournament as Europa League champions. In La Liga, Sevilla is 12 points back of fourth-place Villarreal and can no longer qualify for the competition through league play. In the Premier League, Liverpool is nine points back of fourth-place Manchester City and cant catch up.

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