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What to watch for in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinal

The quarterfinals are almost finished, with four semifinal berths on the line. Who can make the last push needed to get those spots?

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The first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals brought us some entertaining football and fascinating results, continuing the trend of impressive matches in the knockout rounds this year. With all four road teams earning results that were either outright favorable or could be interpreted as such, these second legs all have a lot riding on them, almost guaranteeing us more scintillating play.

Napoli (4) vs. Wolfsburg (1)

3:05 p.m. ET, 9:05 p.m. local. TV and online streaming listings

Well, almost all of them. Napoli pretty near obliterated Wolfsburg in the first leg to the tune of a 4-1 win on Germany, a massive upset that left the Germans reeling. Now with the tie back in Italy and Wolfsburg lacking two of their biggest attacking stars, including Kevin De Bruyne, it doesn't look like the Germans have a lot of hope. This Napoli defense is always capable of game-long moments of their brains not working properly, though, so Wolfsburg have a chance -- it's just a very, very small one.

Zenit St Petersburg (1) vs. Sevilla (2)

3:05 p.m. ET, 10:05 p.m. local. TV and online streaming listings

Zenit lost the first leg when Sevilla mounted a late comeback, scoring two goals in the second half to win 2-1. That narrow a margin, coupled with Zenit holding an away goal and few foreign teams finding consistent success in Russia, means that this tie is still very much up in the air and might even favor Zenit someone, with it being likely that their high-powered attack can find a goal or two in this match. As long as their defense can hold a very opportunistic Sevilla side at bay, Zenit have to feel pretty good about their chance to knock out the defending Europa League champions.

Fiorentina (1) vs. Dynamo Kyiv (1)

3:05 p.m. ET, 9:05 p.m. local. TV and online streaming listings

A last minute equalizer for Fiorentina against Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine reflected the even nature of the match and gave the Italians a vital away goal. With the tie headed back to Florence, the Viola stand a pretty good chance of overcoming Dynamo, but they'll definitely have to be wary given how things went in the last round when Dynamo decided to cut loose against Everton and leave it all out on the pitch. They've got nothing to lose at this point, and we could see a thrilling back-and-forth slugging match as two high-octane attacks start trading blows.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (0) vs. Club Brugge (0)

3:05 p.m. ET, 10:05 p.m. local. TV and online streaming listings

To be blunt, the first leg of this tie wasn't the most thrilling affair. Both sides played cagey, trying more not to lose than attempting to force the issue. Brugge managed to put together a few good attacks in the second half, but Dnipro have an excellent defense at their disposal and were able to see them off. Both sides would be well served by winning this tie and advancing to the semifinals, however, with Brugge in excellent standing in the Belgian Pro League championship playoffs and Dynamo well out of the Ukrainian Premier League title race. There's a chance for glory at stake, and these are two teams desperate to gain it and capable of putting up on heck of a fight for it.