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Alcácer inspires historic Valencia comeback

Published: Thursday 10 April 2014, 23.40CET
Valencia CF 5-0 FC Basel 1893 (aet, agg: 5-3 )
Paco Alcácer hit a sensational hat-trick as the hosts became the first side in UEFA Europa League history to wipe out a three-goal deficit.
by Delfín Ramírez
from Mestalla
Alcácer inspires historic Valencia comeback
Paco Alcácer (centre) celebrates after putting Valencia 3-0 up on the night ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 10 April 2014, 23.40CET

Alcácer inspires historic Valencia comeback

Valencia CF 5-0 FC Basel 1893 (aet, agg: 5-3 )
Paco Alcácer hit a sensational hat-trick as the hosts became the first side in UEFA Europa League history to wipe out a three-goal deficit.

Paco Alcácer hit a sensational hat-trick as Valencia CF became the first side in the UEFA Europa League era to wipe out a three-goal deficit at the expense of FC Basel 1893.

Needing to recover from a 3-0 first-leg defeat to advance to Friday's semi-final draw, Juan Antonio Pizzi's team took to the task with gusto, a Paco Alcácer brace and an Eduardo Vargas goal sending the tie into extra time. With Marcelo Díaz and Gastón Sauro having been sent off, Basel crumbled, Alcácer completing his treble before Juan Bernat added a fifth.

Valencia dominated possession from the off, but a boisterous Mestalla crowd had to wait until the 38th minute for their opener, Alcácer expertly chesting down João Pereira's lofted through pass before slamming home his fifth goal in the competiton. The 2004 UEFA Cup winners swiftly made it 2-0, Vargas making amends for directing a close-range effort straight at Yann Sommer by heading in from Fede Cartabia's resulting corner.

"We have to believe," coach Pizzi had insisted beforehand, and his charges followed those instructions after the restart, with the energetic Vargas denied by Sommer before finding the outside of the post from the rebound. Resigned to a first defeat in 18 games in all competitions, Murat Yakin's side defended in numbers, yet almost conceded again when Alcácer's shot from distance was tipped onto the crossbar by Basel's busy No1.

The seemingly inevitable third goal finally came on 70 minutes as Alcácer powered Vargas's clever cutback in off the crossbar. A combination of Sommer and the upright denied Alcácer and then Vargas from winning this quarter-final before the final whistle, while Daniel Parejo's low attempt was diverted wide by the Swiss international keeper as the onslaught continued into extra time.

The dismissals, either side of the 90-minute mark, of Díaz and Sauro tilted the odds further in Valencia's favour, though the nine men momentarily silenced the Mestalla when Serey Die's deflected strike went agonisingly close. The match's logical conclusion was finally reached when Alcácer rounded off his hat-trick, with Bernat registering at the death to turn a triumph into a rout.

Last updated: 12/04/14

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

basel

Basel

13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
Yellow Card116 ET
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK) (C)
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Yellow Card26
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
Substitution61
12
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Substitution110 ET
8
Serey DieSerey Die
14
BernatJuan Bernat
Yellow Card115 ET
Goal118 ET
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution53
15
FuegoJavier Fuego
16
SchärFabian Schär
Yellow Card65
16
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Goal38
Goal70
Goal114 ET
Yellow Card114 ET
19
SafariBehrang Safari
Yellow Card24
Substitution116 ET
17
Vargas                        Eduardo Vargas
Goal42
Yellow Card104 ET
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
21
DíazMarcelo Díaz
Yellow Card74
Red Card101 ET
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu (C)
Substitution82
26
SauroGastón Sauro
Yellow Card104 ET
Red Card105+1 ET
28
CartabiaFede Cartabia
Substitution76
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
Yellow Card62
42
KeitaSeydou Keita
Yellow Card98 ET
34
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
Yellow Card106 ET

Substitutes

26
JaumeJaume (GK)
18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
2
PiattiPablo Piatti
Substitution110 ET
27
AlijiNaser Aliji
Substitution61
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
30
SioGiovanni Sio
Substitution53
7
JonasJonas
Substitution76
32
SeferagićAdmir Seferagić
19
BarragánAntonio Barragán
36
EmboloBreel Embolo
Substitution116 ET
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
Substitution82
37
DünkiSimon Dünki
24
MíchelMíchel
38
Al. AjetiAlbian Ajeti

Coach

Juan Antonio Pizzi (ARG) Murat Yakin (SUI)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Fourth official

Robert Kispal (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Tamás Bognar (HUN), Sandor Szabo (HUN)

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