Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Europa League dream came to a heartbreaking end as Sevilla booked a semi-final against Manchester United on Sunday with a late winner in Duisburg.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side – whose pandemic-disrupted 2019-20 season lasted 383 days – had a glorious 13th-minute chance to take the lead but Raul Jimenez’s penalty was saved.
Wolves did not manage a single shot on target in 77 minutes following that and were hanging on for large portions with a solid defensive performance.
They struggled to create chances after that and failed to hold on for extra time as Lucas Ocampos’ header from Ever Banega’s cross settled the tie for Sevilla with two minutes to go.
Sevilla managed 18 shots to Wolves’ six and the breakthrough finally came late on. Following a short corner Banega’s perfect cross found Ocampos, whose glancing header left Rui Patricio with no chance.
Wolves will not be in European competition next season after finishing seventh in the Premier League.
Five-time winners Sevilla – who are unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions – will face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United in Dusseldorf on Sunday.
Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk await the winners in the final.