Preview: Athletic Bilbao v Sporting Lisbon
The Portuguese side will look to make the most of their one goal advantage.
Athletic Bilbao will look to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit against Sporting Lisbon to set up an all-Spanish UEFA Europa League final in Bucharest on 9 May.
Sporting trailed to a Jon Aurtenetxe (54) goal in Lisbon but turned things around in the space of four minutes with Emiliano Insúa's header (76) and a long-range finish from Diego Capel (80).
Diego Capel produced one of the goals of his career in the first leg, but the winger said it could feasibly have been Athletic Bilbao leaving Lisbon with the victory. Capel capped a thunderous home performance with a long-range strike which, following "This was a brilliant European game in every way – the fans, the stadium, the contest, and there was no controversy to talk about. The quality of football was brilliant. I feel fortunate that it was my goal that won the match but the whole team were spectacular – we gave a terrific display against a great rival."
These sides' only previous meetings came in the 1985/86 UEFA Cup third round, where Javier Clemente's Athletic beat Sporting 2-1 in Bilbao before succumbing 3-0 in Lisbon. Manuel José's team bowed out to FC Köln in the next round, the quarter-finals.
In 2010/11, the UEFA Europa League semi-finals featured three Portuguese teams and one Spanish one; the situation is reversed this time around, with three Spanish clubs and one from over the border in Portugal.