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The Ukrainians' striker Yevhen Seleznyov headed the only goal of the night to end Rafael Benitez's side's 10-game unbeaten run in the competition and seal a 2-1 aggregate win.

Sevilla of La Liga completed the job against Fiorentina, winning 2-0 in Italy and 5-0 on aggregate with goals from Carlos Bacca and Daniel Carrico.

The final is in Warsaw on 27 May.

Sevilla

Sevilla have won the Europa League/Uefa Cup three times in the last 10 years

The winners of the final will qualify for next season's Champions League.

Sevilla are likely to start as favourites to defend their crown, having recorded the competition's record aggregate margin of victory in a semi-final.

Bacca netted his 26th goal of the season to end any faint hopes of a Viola comeback - the Colombia forward hammering the ball into the back of the net after the hosts failed to deal with Ever Banega's free-kick from the right.

Just five minutes later, the victory was sealed when Carrico tapped home. Fiorentina's Josip Ilicic missed a penalty to complete a miserable night.

It was no better for their Serie A rivals Napoli in Ukraine as goalkeeper Denys Boyko produced an inspired performance to keep the tournament's top scorers out.

Seleznyov headed home a cross from deep - his second of the tie - to earn Dnipro their first appearance in a major European final.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he does not want Luke Shaw to play for England at this summer's European Under-21 Championship.

Full-back Shaw, who joined United from Southampton last June, has missed much of this season because of injuries.

Van Gaal said: "When you are not playing for Man Utd you cannot play for other teams. He needs the rest.

"He is 19. We have to protect him. I hope that the coach of the Under-21s understands that."

Shaw has started just 18 games for United since joining them for £27m last summer, as ankle and hamstring injuries disrupted his maiden campaign with the club.

He will miss United's match with Arsenal on Sunday after receiving an elbow to the face in the win at Crystal Palace last weekend.

The left-back's fitness was also questioned by Van Gaal during pre-season.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane has scored 30 goals for Tottenham this season

Van Gaal's comments put further doubt on the prospect of England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate being able to select a full-strength squad for this summer's tournament, to be held in the Czech Republic between 17-30 June.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who scored on his senior England debut, could feature for the U21s but Spurs have arranged a friendly in Australia less than three weeks before England's first game against Portugal on 18 June.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said recently that midfielder Ross Barkley would need a "proper break" in the summer, while Southgate has previously said he is "not convinced another tournament in the summer would be right" for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, who played for England in the 2014 World Cup.

However, in March, Southgate, whose side qualified for the finals without losing a match, said he does not expect Premier League clubs to oppose the release of players, adding: "We've looked after the players physically, and that helps us in terms of their release."

England's last appearance at the tournament in 2013 ended with Stuart Pearce's side exiting from the group stage having lost all three of their matches.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/

Relegation-threatened Newcastle have cancelled an end-of-season awards night because of the position they are in.

The fundraiser event was scheduled for next Wednesday, but their top-flight status could still be in the balance if Saturday's results do not go their way.

"It would not be appropriate to be celebrating the season and collecting awards when our focus is securing Premier League status," the club said.

The club, in 17th place, do not plan to have a summer party either.

The Magpies are two points above the relegation zone and face QPR this weekend. If they win and 18th place Hull fail to beat Tottenham then their Premier League status will be secured with one fixture remaining.

"The club would like to extend its apologies for any inconvenience caused to those businesses who had purchased tables to support the event, but we hope that you can appreciate our decision has not been taken lightly," the club's statement added.

"We will work with the [charity] Newcastle United Foundation to find another opportunity to support them to raise funds for their outstanding work, which engages with over 50,000 people in our community."

Source: http://www.bbc.com/

Goalkeeper Petr Cech could be set to end his 11-year career at Chelsea after his agent said he has been given permission to talk to other clubs.

The 32-year-old has only made 16 appearances this season, with Belgian Thibaut Courtois now first choice.

"We have been permitted by Chelsea to negotiate with interested parties," said agent Viktor Kolar.

But Blues boss Jose Mourinho said on Friday: "I want my best players. Petr is one of my best players."

Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 and has one year left on his current contract.

Kolar added: "Petr has confirmed his interest to play regularly at a top club. That's the task that we are now working on, but other than that there has not been any other change in terms of Petr Cech's employment and the transfer period only begins on 1 July."

Mourinho said last week  he wanted the keeper to remain at Stamford Bridge and he reiterated that position on Friday.

"I don't know that it's absolutely true what the agent is saying. Maybe it is, but the player has a contract with Chelsea and Chelsea will have a very important say in the decision," said Mourinho

I expect [Cech to be at Chelsea next season] because I'm positive, I'm optimistic and I would like him to stay."

The Czech Republic international has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League title during his 11 years with the Blues.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/

Striker Sergio Aguero is not intending to leave Manchester City, says manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The Argentine, 26, has scored 31 goals in 40 appearances for City this season.

Asked if he was concerned about interest in Aguero, the Chilean said: "I don't think so because we are not a selling team and I think that Sergio is very happy here, so he doesn't have any intention to go."

City, second in the Premier League, are away to Swansea on Sunday (13:30 BST).

Aguero, a £38m signing from Atletico Madrid in 2011, scored a hat-trick in last Sunday's 6-0 thrashing of relegated QPR.