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Hamsik leads Napoli to 4-1 win over Wolfsburg and brink of Europa League semis

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Marek Hamsik scored twice as Napoli took a giant step toward the Europa League semifinals Thursday by beating Wolfsburg 4-1 away in the first leg of their quarterfinal.

Hamsik scored with two calm finishes in the 23rd and 64th minutes as Napoli left the German team needing a big win in the second leg in Naples on April 23.

PHOTO: Brugge's Lior Refaelov and Dnipro's Bruno Gama, right, vie for the ball during the first leg quarterfinal Europa League soccer match between Club Brugge and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges, Belgium, Thursday April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Brugge's Lior Refaelov and Dnipro's Bruno Gama, right, vie for the ball during the first leg quarterfinal Europa League soccer match between Club Brugge and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges, Belgium, Thursday April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

In the other quarterfinals, defending champion Sevilla came from a goal down to beat Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 at home, with substitute Denis Suarez scoring the winner with a volley from the edge of the area.

In Ukraine, Fiorentina rescued a 1-1 draw at Dynamo Kiev, with Khouma Babacar's stoppage-time leveler saving the Italian team from a third straight loss in all competitions.

Belgium's Club Brugge played out a 0-0 draw at home to Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

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