Sevilla, Liverpool advance to Europa League final

Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Europa League semifinal second leg soccer match between Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Liverpool stands in the way of a third straight Europa League title for Sevilla after the clubs with a rich pedigree in Europe's second-tier competition reached the final on Thursday.

Sevilla beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 at home to advance 5-3 on aggregate and maintain its impressive recent history in the competition. The Spanish club is looking to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League for a record-extending fifth time in the past 11 years.

Liverpool, a three-time winner, overturned a first-leg deficit against Villarreal by winning 3-0 at Anfield to go through 3-1 on aggregate. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana scored second-half goals to add to a seventh-minute own goal by Bruno Soriano.

The final is in Basel, Switzerland, on May 18. The winner will qualify for the Champions League.