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Betis out to close the door on Sevilla

Real Betis Balompié are two goals to the good against Sevilla FC as the big city derby in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 comes to a conclusion at the Benito Villlamarín.

Salvador Sevilla celebrates scoring Betis' second goal at Sevilla
Salvador Sevilla celebrates scoring Betis' second goal at Sevilla ©AFP/Getty Images

Real Betis Balompié will look to complete a memorable European success against their local rivals Sevilla FC in the UEFA Europa League round of 16.

• Léo Baptistão put the visitors ahead 15 minutes into the 'Euroderbi' in the first leg at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán before substitute Salvador Sevilla wrapped up a 2-0 win – the heaviest home defeat in Sevilla's UEFA competition history – with a fine 77th-minute strike.

• Sevilla have yet to recover from a first-leg home defeat to win a UEFA competition tie.

Previous meetings
• The sides met for the first time in UEFA competition in the first leg but know each other well from domestic football. There have been 108 Seville derbies, the teams first meeting in the 1927/28 Copa del Rey; the overall record in those games is 48-34 to Sevilla with 26 draws.

• Of those games, 87 have been in the Spanish top division, Sevilla winning 39 to Betis's 28.

• The sides' last three encounters at the Benito Villlamarín ended in draws. Sevilla last won at Betis on 11 May 2008, Luís Fabiano and Federico Fazio on target in a 2-0 win.

• Betis have not won in six home games against their city rivals in all competitions (D4 L2) since a 2-1 Liga victory in April 2006.

Match background
• The first leg was Betis' first encounter with Spanish opponents in UEFA competition, while this game will be Sevilla's tenth, the previous nine having ended W2 D3 L4 (W0 D0 L3 away). Two of those games were held on neutral territory – the 2-2 draw against Espanyol in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup final at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Sevilla winning 3-1 on penalties, and a 3-0 victory against FC Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Super Cup at Monaco's Stade Louis II.

• Betis are unbeaten in five European home games (W2 D3) – during which they have conceded just one goal – since the start of this season, their last home defeat a 3-0 loss against FC Steaua Bucureşti in the second leg of the 2005/06 UEFA Cup round of 16.

• Sevilla were unbeaten in 13 UEFA competition games (W8 D5) ahead of the first leg against Betis, and remain undefeated in six European away outings (W4 D2).

• This is the third time that a major Spanish derby fixture has been played in European competition. Real Madrid CF got the better of Club Atlético de Madrid after a replay on neutral territory in the 1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finals, while FC Barcelona beat RCD Espanyol 1-0 home and away in the quarter-finals of the 1965/66 Inter-Cities' Fairs Cup – the non-UEFA affiliated precursor to the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League.

• Prior to this season, there have been 47 previous encounters between Spanish clubs in UEFA competition including three major finals; Real Madrid CF's 3-0 win against Valencia CF in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League, Sevilla's 2007 shoot-out success against Espanyol, and most recently, Club Atlético de Madrid's 3-0 win against Athletic Club in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League final.

Team facts
• Spain and Italy are the best represented nations in the round of 16 with three clubs apiece.

• Betis midfielder Salvador Sevilla was at Sevilla's reserve side, Sevilla Atlético, from 2005 to 2008.

• Betis have won the most corners in the competition (70) – 21 more than Sevilla, the nearest challengers who are still in the competition. They have also received more yellow cards (24) than any other side still involved.

• Sevilla (2006, 2007) are one of six previous UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League winners left in the competition along with Tottenham Hotspur FC (1972, 1984), Valencia CF (2004), SSC Napoli (1989), FC Porto (2003, 2011) and final hosts Juventus (1977, 1990, 1993).

• Betis have lost just once in 11 European fixtures this season. However, they were the lowest-scoring side to make it through the group stage, with just three goals in their six Group I outings.

• Betis's biggest achievements in Europe have been reaching two UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals, going out to Dinamo in 1977/78 and Chelsea FC in 1997/98.

Coach information
• Betis have changed coach twice since the start of December with former striker Pepe Mel and then his replacement Juan Carlos Garrido, who had just ten games in charge, both having spells in the dugout.

• Former Betis midfielder Gabriel Calderón took over on 19 January. An international team-mate of Diego Maradona, Calderón played for Betis in the mid-80s, then joined Paris Saint-Germain, finishing his career with spells at FC Lausanne-Sport and SM Caen, and going on to coach both sides. He then left for the Middle East, where he led club sides and the national teams of Saudi Arabia, Oman and – most recently – Bahrain.

• Sevilla coach since January 2013, Unai Emery started out as a midfielder at Real Sociedad de Fútbol, but spent the bulk of his career in Spain's second division, switching from playing to coaching at Lorca Deportiva CF after a serious knee injury. Having led UD Almería to the top tier he coached Valencia CF from 2008 to 2012, with his side regular European contenders during that spell. More recently he had a brief stint at FC Spartak Moskva.

Shoot-out record
• Betis lost their only previous UEFA shoot-out 5-3 at FC Universitatea Craiova in the 1984/85 UEFA Cup first round.

• Sevilla's record in three UEFA club competition penalty shoot-outs is W2 D1:
2-3 (home) v Fenerbahçe SK, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League round of 16
3-1 (neutral) v RCD Espanyol. 2006/07 UEFA Europa League final
4-3 (away) v PAOK FC, 1990/91 UEFA Cup first round

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