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May 27, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at National Stadium, Warsaw
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
2-3
Sevilla
Kalinic (7'), Rotan (44')
FT(HT: 2-2)
Krychowiak (28'), Bacca (31', 73')

Half-Time Report: Dnipro, Sevilla share four goals in first half of Europa League final

Dnipro and Sevilla play out a topsy-turvy first half of their Europa League final, going into the break all square at 2-2.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Sevilla are level at the halfway stage of their Europa League final in Warsaw following a topsy-turvy opening 45 minutes.

Dnipro, appearing in their first ever European final, took and then squandered a lead before levelling up late in the half to go in at 2-2 against last season's champions.

A shot of the UEFA Europa League trophy before the final between Dnipro and Sevilla in Warsaw on May 27, 2015© Getty Images

The holders had the first sight of goal inside the opening minutes when the ball fell to Carlos Bacca in space on the edge of the penalty area, but he sliced his half-volley well off target.

Jose Antonio Reyes, playing what may be his final game for the club, was then denied a penalty claim by referee Martin Atkinson, and things went from bad to worse for the Spanish side as they soon found themselves behind.

Having soaked up the early pressure, Dnipro hit Sevilla on the break, with Nikola Kalinic flicking the ball on to Matheus Nascimento and immediately looking to get into the box for the return. Matheus duly found him with a cross hung up into the middle, and Kalinic made no mistake when nodding the ball past Sergio Rico.

Ruslan Rotan (C) of Dnipro celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mates during the UEFA Europa League Final match between FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Sevilla on May 27, 2015© Getty Images

Unai Emery's side found themselves with the task of breaking down a Dnipro team who have more clean sheets in this season's competition than anyone else, and they had a chance to do so when Benoit Tremoulinas set up an opening for Vitolo. However, the midfielder opted against taking the shot first time and eventually saw his effort blocked.

Sevilla continued to see most of the ball and came close again when Reyes cut inside before flashing a powerful low effort narrowly past the near post.

The team who have scored first in the final of this competition have not failed to win the trophy since 2004-05, but Dnipro needed goalkeeper Denis Boyko to be alert when he tipped Grzegorz Krychowiak's free header round the post following a corner.

A rare defensive lapse saw Dnipro switch off from a free kick to almost let Reyes in, but from the resulting corner they were punished. A loose ball dropped to Krychowiak in the box and he kept his composure before drilling a shot low past Boyko.

The turnaround was complete with a second goal in the space of three minutes as Reyes threaded a pinpoint through-ball forward to Bacca, who took it around a helpless Boyko before rolling it into an empty net to turn the final on its head.

Carlos Bacca of Sevilla celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Jose Antonio Reyes (L) of Sevilla during the UEFA Europa League Final match between FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Sevilla on May 27, 2015 © Getty Images

Suddenly it was Dnipro who needed to get onto the front foot, and Yevhen Konoplyanka attempted to restore parity with a vicious curling effort towards the top corner that Rico managed to flick over the bar with a flying stop.

At the other end, Boyko could only watch on as a thunderous Aleix Vidal strike sailed towards the top corner, only for the ball to rise inches over the bar.

It was Dnipro who would get the game's fourth goal, however, and it was another long-range effort that made the difference as Ruslan Rotan clipped a free kick over the wall and beyond the despairing dive of Rico with just a minute of the half remaining.

The last European final to see four first-half goals came in the UEFA Cup back in 2001, when Liverpool went on to beat Deportivo Alaves 5-4 after extra time.

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