Europa League semi-finals: When are the games and who plays who

Arsenal and Chelsea both booked their spots in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night.

The Gunners avoided any slip-ups in their second leg in Naples, claiming a 1-0 win on the night to beat Napoli 3-0 on aggregate after Alexandre Lacazette’s stunning free-kick.

Chelsea made much harder work of their tie with Slavia Prague, but in reality their progression was never in doubt despite shipping in three goals in a 4-3 triumph at Stamford Bridge.

They will be joined in the last four by Valencia, who thrashed fellow Spanish side Villarreal 5-1 on aggregate.

Eintracht Frankfurt snatched a spot in the semi-finals on away goals after beating Benfica 2-0 at home and drawing 4-4 on aggregate.

Arsenal saw off Napoli to book their spot in the last four

The draw for the semi-finals was carried out at the same time as the quarter-final draw, meaning we already know both ties.

Arsenal will take on Valencia, with Chelsea facing a showdown with Bundesliga side Frankfurt as they all battle for a spot in the May 29 final in Baku with a chance to secure a Champions League place.

The semi-finals will take place on May 2 and May 9, with the competition now hotting up in the latter stages.

Chelsea progressed from a thriller against Slavia Prague

Chelsea and Arsenal are both battling to finish in the Premier League top four, but with one of them likely to miss out the Europa League represents a key opportunity to return to Europe’s top table and gain some silverware in the process.

There is a real possibility of an all-English Europa League final with both clubs likely to be favourites in their semi-final encounters.

Read More

Mirror Football’s Top Stories


Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.