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Slick Sevilla leave Valencia trailing in their wake

Published: Thursday 24 April 2014, 23.05CET
Sevilla FC 2-0 Valencia CF
Not for the first time, Valencia have it all to do in the second leg after two goals in three first-half minutes from Stéphane Mbia and Carlos Bacca.
by Nick Aitken
from Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

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Published: Thursday 24 April 2014, 23.05CET

Slick Sevilla leave Valencia trailing in their wake

Sevilla FC 2-0 Valencia CF
Not for the first time, Valencia have it all to do in the second leg after two goals in three first-half minutes from Stéphane Mbia and Carlos Bacca.

Two goals in three first-half minutes from Stéphane Mbia and Carlos Bacca earned Sevilla FC a 2-0 victory at home to Valencia CF in the first leg of their all-Liga UEFA Europa League semi-final.

Unsettled early on by a fiery start from visitors Valencia, an Ivan Rakitić-inspired Sevilla suddenly awoke around the half-hour mark, grabbing quick-fire goals through Mbia and Bacca. Despite a valiant post-interval revival from the visitors, the two-time UEFA Cup winners clung on to secure a valuable lead to take to Mestalla next week.

Making light of the wall of noise that greeted them among the fans in the Bombonera de Nervión, Valencia started the stronger, showing greater composure, hunger for the ball and a counterattacking threat most clearly evidenced by a stinging shot from Paco Alcácer on 17 minutes. Yet Sevilla suddenly sprung to life with chances for Federico Fazio and Bacca in no time at all – both created by captain Rakitić.

With a sense of inevitability, it was that man Rakitić who created the opener on 33 minutes, Daniel Carriço flicking on the Croatia midfielder's free-kick for Mbia to improvise a back-heel into the roof of the net. The momentum was all with Los Sevillistas now, and three minutes later Bacca doubled their lead after clever interplay with Vitolo. Roars of '¡Sevilla campeón! ¡Vamos mi Sevilla!' rang out.

With Valencia unable to cope with Fazio's aerial threat, the Argentinian defender again tested Vicente Guaita with headers either side of the interval. Urged on by 2,400 visiting supporters, however, Juan Antonio Pizzi's team responded with admirable verve, though their adventure left spaces for Los Rojiblancos to exploit – Bacca was denied in a one-on-one by Guaita after another Rakitić pass.

That pattern continued throughout a lively second period, Valencia's persistence leading to chances for Alcácer, the waspish Eduardo Vargas and substitute Jonas. Right at the end, Vargas's header crashed off the bar with Beto beaten. So 2-0 it ended, leaving Sevilla clearly in the driving seat, though all is not lost for Valencia, with memories still fresh of their quarter-final comeback against FC Basel 1893, when they overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit.

Last updated: 07/10/14 2.27CET

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Lineups

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Sevilla

valencia

Valencia

13
BetoBeto (GK)
13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
2
FazioFederico Fazio
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution74
3
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
12
João PereiraJoão Pereira
5
FigueirasDiogo Figueiras
14
BernatJuan Bernat
Substitution46
6
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
15
FuegoJavier Fuego
9
BaccaCarlos Bacca
Goal36
Substitution73
16
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Yellow Card89
11
RakitićIvan Rakitić (C)
17
Vargas                        Eduardo Vargas
19
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
Substitution59
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
20
VitoloVitolo
Substitution90
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu (C)
Yellow Card90+2
21
ParejaNicolas Pareja
28
CartabiaFede Cartabia
Substitution57
40
MbiaStéphane Mbia
Goal33
42
KeitaSeydou Keita

Substitutes

1
VarasJavier Varas (GK)
26
JaumeJaume (GK)
7
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution59
Yellow Card71
2
PiattiPablo Piatti
Substitution57
12
IborraVicente Iborra
Substitution90
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
15
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
7
JonasJonas
Substitution74
17
SamperioJairo Samperio
19
BarragánAntonio Barragán
18
GameiroKevin Gameiro
Substitution73
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
42
CicinhoCicinho
31
GayaJosé Gaya
Substitution46

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Juan Antonio Pizzi (ARG)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Bojan Ul (SVN), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Jure Praprotnik (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Slavko Vinčić (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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