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The Colombian's goal and all-round tenacity ensured that Sevilla are sitting pretty ahead of the second leg against Valencia at Mestalla next week

Sevilla hold the upper hand over Spanish compatriots Valencia heading into the penultimate matches of the Europa League and Carlos Bacca's performance played a major role as they seized control of the semi-final.

BACCA'S KEY MATCH STATS
TOTAL SHOTS
GOALS
GOALS IN UEL IN 13-14
PASSES SUCCESSFUL
3
1
4
9/15
 PLAYER RATING
4.0 Spurned a great opportunity to put his side ahead midway through the first half but made up for it with a fantastic finish into the bottom right corner for the Sevilla second. Should have got two or three more but worked so hard.
The Rojiblancos, who won the tournament in 2006 and 2007, are gunning for glory once again after Thursday's 2-0 triumph at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The semi-final first leg opened with Bacca bursting through los Che's defence, although he was unable to scramble the ball out of his feet fast enough to score.

As the match wore on, the hosts went from strength to strength and the former Club Brugge forward was desperately unlucky to see his shot skid marginally wide of the right post after Ivan Rakitic's typically superb through-ball.

Bacca actually had no part to play in the controversial opening goal, as Stephane Mbia improvised a finish at the far post despite being clearly offside following Rakitic's cross.

Three minutes later, Bacca added insult to injury, exchanging passes on the edge of the area before smashing into the back of the net to double the scoreline and make Sevilla favouritest to reach the Turin final.

"We know what this competition means to this club - I knew it from the moment I arrived here," the Colombia international mused ahead of the game.

"Now that I am here I can really see the excitement that the competition brings to the fans and the club and the ambition to win it one more time.

"Given that it is a semi-final, I think it is going to be a different thing, a beautiful experience – something good for Spanish football."

And, for Bacca and his team-mates, a beautiful thing it was. They sit just 90 minutes of hard graft and toil away from a Europa League final against either Benfica or Juventus next month.

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