Football

Sevilla eye hat-trick

Sevilla remained on course for a third consecutive Europa League title as Kevin Gameiro struck twice to down Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 and progress to a final meeting with Liverpool 5-3 on aggregate yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The Andalusians have won the competition four times in the last 10 years and can secure their place in next season's Champions League with victory over Juergen Klopp's men in Basel on May 18.

Already holding the cushion of two away goals from the first leg last week, Gameiro gave Sevilla the perfect start when he fired into the far corner after just nine minutes.

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo briefly gave the Ukrainian side hope when he levelled on the night with a calm finish a minute before half-time.

However, Sevilla quickly reasserted their stranglehold on the tie with a fine team goal finished off by Gameiro two minutes into the second half for his 28th goal of the season.

Brazilian right back Mariano then handed Sevilla a two-goal advantage which they never looked like relinquishing. - AFP.

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