Bounou’s heroics send Sevilla to Europa League semis

Sevilla had Moroccans to thank after winning a risky encounter with Wolves in the Europa League quarter-finals.

The one-legged playoff was played at the neutral MSV-Arena in Germany to an empty crowd.

Moroccans Youssef En-Nesyri and Yassine Bounou started for Sevilla at striker and goalkeeper respectively. Highly touted Ivorian-French defender Jules Kounde, 21, also started at centreback.

Malian-Spanish forward Adama Traore started for Woves as did Moroccan Romain Saiss.

Sevilla controlled the tempo for most of the match, retaining 75% of the ball.

Wolves almost broke the deadlock after an excellent Adama Traore run from the midfield drew a penalty.

Mexican striker Raul Jimenez stepped up to take the penalty but it was brilliantly stopped by Yassine Bounou, who rose to tonight’s occasion.

Wolves had excellently defended Sevilla’s attacks until the end of the match, when Ever Banega caught a slow to react Wolverhampton defense off guard with a brilliant cross that Lucas Ocampos headed home on the 88th minute.

Moroccan striker Munir El Haddadi came on for the Seville side in the 88th minute after the goal was scored.

Sevilla will face Odion Ighalo and Manchester United in the semifinals.