Inter Milan and Manchester United have bought their semi-final tickets in the Europa League. You will find out today who you are playing against. A three-time champion competes in Duisburg.
Duisburg (dpa) - Today, Tuesday, the two other semi-final participants for the Europa League tournament in North Rhine-Westphalia will be determined.
The Bundesliga just watches. Bayer Leverkusen failed the day before in the quarter-finals against Inter Milan. Previously, VfL Wolfsburg (against Schachtjor Donezk) and Eintracht Frankfurt (against FC Basel) had said goodbye in the last sixteen last week.
Inter, on the other hand, can look forward to the semi-finals against the winner of the Donetsk-Basel match. United is up against Wolverhampton Wanderers or Sevilla FC. The semifinals will be played on August 16 and 17 in Cologne and Düsseldorf.
SCHACHTJOR DONEZK - FC BASEL (9 p.m.) in Gelsenkirchen
The starting position: The champions of the Ukrainian Premier League are considered to be very strong and have numerous Brazilians. VfL Wolfsburg did not stand a chance in the 3-0 draw in the second round match in Kiev. The Baselers, trained by the former Bundesliga coach Marcel Koller, are a little surprise in the quarter-finals, are only seen as promising outsiders in the duel with Donetsk. At least the Eintracht Frankfurt team threw out the competition one lap earlier.
The stars: Former Schalke Yevgeny Konopljanka, striker Junior Moraes, who scored twice in the 3-0 win against Wolfsburg, and winger Maison are to be considered at Schachtjor. There are no big stars among the Swiss. Taulant Xhaka and Fabian Frei determine the rhythm in the defensive midfield.
What the trainers say:
Marcel Koller (FC Basel): "They are an excellent team with technically fast individual players. It will be a really big chunk. But we will get our opportunities in one game. A lot is possible with extra time and penalties."
Luís Castro (Shakhtar Donetsk): "We have enough quality to play in every stadium in the world against every team in the world. Of course we sometimes don't win, but we always do our best. I am happy when we meet our fans and the Making clubs happy. We will always stay true to our style. "
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS - FC SEVILLA (9 p.m.) in Duisburg
The starting position: Together with Atlético Madrid, Sevilla FC are record holders of the Europa League and also favorites against the English. The fourth placed last season in the Spanish Primera División won the competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Seville beat AS Roma in the round of 16, Wolverhampton reached the round of the best eight teams against Olympiacos Piraeus.
The stars: With 14 goals in the league, the Argentinian Lucas Ocampos made a major contribution to fourth place and qualification for the Champions League at Seville, and the 2010 Spanish World Champion, Jesús Navas, is an important pillar of the team. For the Wolves, the Mexican Raúl Jiménez was the most successful goalscorer in the Premier League with 17 goals. The two Portuguese European champions from 2016, Rui Patrício (goalkeeper) and João Moutinho (midfield), also have extensive international experience.
What the trainers say:
Nuno Espírito Santo (Wolverhampton Wanderers): "It's been a long journey for us that started three years ago in the championship (note: English second division). I'm really looking forward to tomorrow and to playing a good game."
"Sevilla are a very good team, tough opponents. It will be a big challenge for us."
Julen Lopetegui (Sevilla FC): "The Wolves have excellent footballers, they have been playing the same way for a long time, they are very stable."
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