After being mocked by his weight midweek by Sampdoria’s president, Rafa Benítez did his talking on the pitch by guiding his Napoli players to the Europa League semi-finals. The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager oversaw a 2-2 home draw that gave his side a 6-3 aggregate win over Wolfsburg.
Fiorentina were the second Italian team to progress to the semi-finals. They led 2-1 on aggregate into the tense final stages of their game before Juan Manuel Vargas sealed their victory with a late goal.
The next of the football results from yesterday saw Europa League holders Sevilla progress to the semi-finals with a 4-3 aggregate win over Zenit St Petersburg. A 2-2 away draw proved to be enough for the Spaniards.
Dnipro represent the surprise package of the tournament after making it into their first-ever Europa League semi-final. They managed to sneak a 1-0 win over Club Bruges after a goalless first leg.