Wednesday Aug 12, 2020. 17:00
Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou has expressed his delight at helping Sevilla reach the semifinals of the UEFA Europa League.
The Spanish side has set up a meeting with Manchester United on Sunday 16 August, having defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 in their quarterfinal on Tuesday night.
The 29-year-old, who is on loan at Los Nervionenses from Girona, made a key contribution in the first half when he saved a penalty from Wolves striker Raul Jimenez.
This made him the second African goalkeeper, after Rais M’bolhi, to save a penalty in the Europa League.
The Algerian first achieved the feat in late 2010 when he saved a spot kick for CSKA Sofia against Porto.
“I’m very happy with the work of all the team. We faced a very well-organised team, hard-working at the back, waiting for the counter with quick players upfront. We kept going and got our reward,” Bounou told his club’s official website.
“Very exciting, both for us and for the Sevilla fans. The Europa League is an important competition for the club and we’ll go with that excitement, not thinking about anything else. We’ll think about the next match and nothing else.
“During the season the team was always growing, but now the aim is very clear and you can see that in the players’ performances.”
If Sevilla can overcome the Red Devils on Sunday, they will face either Internazionale or Shakhtar Donetsk in the final next Friday, 21 August.