Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid set up an all-Spanish Europa League final on Thursday as La Liga found some solace after the Champions League misery suffered by Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Athletic reached their first European final in 35 years when they grabbed a winner two minutes from time to beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1 in their semi-final second leg for a 4-3 aggregate.
Just like they had done in the first leg, Athletic went in front against Sporting with a goal after 17 minutes at their San Mames home which took them level on aggregate, but ahead on away goals.
Iker Muniain crossed from the right, the dangerous Llorente chested the ball back, and Markel Susaeta was on hand to volley the ball past Patricio.
But in time added-on at the end of the first half, Ibai Gomez made it 2-1 on the night to the Spanish side, and 3-3 on aggregate, when he was set up by the impressive Llorente before beating Patricio.
Midway through the second half, both sides hit the woodwork.
As the tie headed towards extra-time, Llorente found the target to put Athletic into a first European final since 1977.
In Valencia, the home side, who had played in the Champions League earlier in the season, mounted a series of attacks against Atletico Madrid in an effort to reduce their 4-2 first leg aggregate deficit.
Five minutes before the interval, Sergio Canales shot low and hard but Courtois smothered the danger.
Valencia continued to press after the interval, and they were finally caught on the break on the hour mark as Atletico, the champions in 2010, put the tie to bed.
His strike came just moments after Valencia's Canales had been stretchered off in tears at the Mestalla.
In the 80th minute, Atletico skipper Tiago was sent off for a foul on Soldado and will miss the final.
Source: AFP Global Edition