"It was destiny", said Di Francesco, whose side stunned Barcelona in the second leg of their quarter-final to secure their first semi-final in the competition since 1984, when Liverpool beat them in the final.
Riise spent seven seasons on Merseyside, before joining the Giallorossi in 2008 and playing in Serie A for three seasons.
"So happy and proud of the work done by both clubs!"
"Of course, I hope it's an advantage that we won and Lazio lost midweek, but the fact is everything around it will be wiped out, because that's what happens in a derby".
Franck Ribery wasted the best chance of the first half when he created space inside the area on 37 minutes only to fire straight at Soria, who punched away the Frenchman's powerful drive.
During an interview with La Repubblica, former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar has been looking ahead to The Reds' forthcoming UEFA Champions League semi-final showdown against Roma.
It was a crazy week in Europe for the sides from the capital.
Madrid, seeking a record-extending 13th European title, are in the semi-finals for the eighth straight year.
Sevilla, needing to score at least two goals, started pushing forward themselves as Pablo Sarabia fired wide on a rare forage behind the Bayern defence.
A Champions League final for Bayern would be a fitting end to coach Jupp Heynckes' career with the German champions, who announced on Friday it had hired Niko Kovac to take over next season.
Robben then cut back inside with a trademark run that resulted in James' shot being comfortably saved by Soria, as Bayern's frustration at their inability to put Sevilla to bed grew.
The draw was made at 12.15 pm British time or 1.15 pm Central European Time. Last year, the Spanish newspaper AS suggested that UEFA had used heated balls to keep Spanish sides apart.
Tempers flared late on when Correa was dismissed for clattering Martinez just before the final whistle.