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Liverpool to Face Sevilla In Europa League Final

Liverpool and Sevilla both scored a place in the Europa League final, which will take place in Basel on Wednesday May 18th.

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Liverpool will be facing La Liga side Sevilla in the Europa League final after both teams progressed out of the semi-finals in Thursday's matches. Sevilla will be looking to bag their third straight Europa League trophy when they head to St. Jakob-Park in Basel to take on Liverpool.

Sevilla's road to the final came after they finished third in their Champion's League group. They went on to beat Molde in the Round of 32, Basel in the Round of 16 and Athletic Bilbao in the quarterfinals on penalties. Finally they finished off Shakthar Donetsk in the semi-finals on Thursday 5-3 on aggregate, after having scored two crucial away goals on the Ukrainian club in the first leg.

Liverpool's path was trickier in the knockout rounds. After dispatching with Augsburg in the Round of 32, they then had to face bitter rivals Manchester United in the Round of 16, a match up that Liverpool dominated over two legs. That was then followed by Borussia Dortmund, Reds' manager Jürgen Klopp's former club and the overwhelming favorites to lift the trophy. An away goal in Germany proved vital when Liverpool had to claw their way back from 2-0 and then 3-1 deficits at Anfield to dramatically win the game 4-3. The 3-0 semi-final second leg victory against Villarreal came at Anfield on Thursday after the Reds entered the game trailing the Spanish side 1-0.

This will be Liverpool's first European final since 2007 when they lost to AC Milan in the Champion's League. Liverpool last won the Europa League all the way back in 2001.

Set your clocks now. Kick-off at St. Jakob-Park is set for 7:45PM BST/2:45PM EST Wednesday 18 May. In the UK, BT Sport will be showing the match, with Fox Sports 1 carrying it in the US. As always, we'll be keeping you updated with all of the important team news leading up to the final. If you want to join in with the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say.

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