Europa League spot at stake for Sevilla, Dortmund

Published Dec. 14, 2010 11:44 a.m. EST

With both teams playing for a spot in the knockout phase of the Europa League, Sevilla will need to snap a five-match losing streak to advance ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

The Spanish club has lost three in a row at Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, where it will host the Bundesliga leaders on Wednesday.

A draw would be enough for Sevilla, while Dortmund must win in Spain for the first time since the 1996-97 season to advance. Paris Saint-Germain has already assured itself a place in the last 32 from Group J.

"I am glad we have to win this game," said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, whose team has won seven straight matches. "That way, everyone knows what's at stake."


Sevilla's 3-1 loss to second-last Almeria at the weekend leaves the team in 11th place in the standings and sparked talk of a crisis.

"This is a difficult situation and it's more or less a new one for all the players," defender Julien Escude said. "We need to find some serenity."

Sevilla coach Gregorio Manzano will be hoping Jesus Navas may be available for the first time since September. The Spain winger has been training with the team since Sunday, which was his first appearance on a pitch since undergoing ankle surgery last month.

Also, Brazil striker Luis Fabiano and defender Federico Fazio returned to training to give the Andalucian team an extra boost.

Dortmund, which is expected to have influential midfielder Nuri Sahin available after recovering from a groin problem, has been especially impressive on the road, winning all eight away games so far.

But Klopp's team lost 1-0 to Sevilla in the home leg.

"Still, we showed we are not a weaker team than Sevilla," Dortmund defender Mats Hummels said.