Football: Liverpool to battle it out with Villarreal, Sevilla face Shakhtar

Marcos Senna of Villarreal CF (left) shakes hand with Daniel Stanway, Liverpool FC Club Secretary, after the draw of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals at in Nyon, Switzerland on April 15, 2016.
Marcos Senna of Villarreal CF (left) shakes hand with Daniel Stanway, Liverpool FC Club Secretary, after the draw of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals at in Nyon, Switzerland on April 15, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

NYON, SWITZERLAND (AFP) - Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will play Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals while defending champions Sevilla face Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk.

Liverpool, who hit back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to beat Klopp's former club Borussia Dortmund 4-3 and progress into the semis 5-4 on aggregate, have never played Villarreal before.

Sevilla ousted fellow Spaniards Athletic Bilbao on penalties in Thursday's quarter-final in their bid to win a third consecutive Europa League.

The final is set for Basel, Switzerland, on May 18.