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UEFA Europa League

  • April 24, 2014
  • • 3:05 PM
  • • Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla
  • Referee: D. Skomina
  • • Attendance: 33496

Sevilla 2-0 Valencia: Mbia, Bacca give Andulians controversial advantange

Sevilla 2-0 Valencia: Mbia, Bacca give Andulians controversial advantange

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The hosts' opener appeared to be offside as Unai Emery's side took a huge stride toward the Europa League final against his old club.

Sevilla took a huge step toward the Europa League final after two quickfire first-half goals were enough to beat Valencia 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Stephane Mbia gave the hosts the lead with an improvised effort from short range, though the hosts were left to bemoan a controversial decision to rule the Cameroonian onside before Bacca scored a matter of minutes later to secure a two-goal first-leg advantage.

Valencia slowly came into the game, but lacked a focal point in attack that enabled its La Liga rival to record a valuable clean sheet, although only after Eduardo Vargas rattled the crossbar late.

The victory was Sevilla's first over Valencia this season, but Emery will not be getting too carried away with the result heading into next week's second leg as Valencia came from 3-0 down in its quarterfinal tie with Basel to progress.

A lively opening 15 minutes saw both teams enjoy periods of possession, with the hosts showing good pace in attack, but it was Valencia that had the better sight of goal as Paco Alcacer's long-range effort was pushed away by Beto.

It took until the 27th minute before Sevilla threatened the Valencia goal again as Federico Fazio and Bacca both fired just wide of Vicente Guaita's goal.

Sevilla made their pressure pay in the 33rd minute as Mbia opened the scoring amid controversial scenes. Ivan Rakitic's free kick was flicked on by Daniel Carrico to the Cameroon international at the back post, who, despite being in an offside position, initially miscontrolled the ball before back-heeling it into the net.

Three minutes later, Sevilla doubled its lead as Bacca converted. The Colombia striker exchanged passes with Vitolo on the edge of the penalty area before firing low past Guaita and into the bottom corner.

Fazio should have made it 3-0 just before the break as he met another Rakitic free kick, but the unmarked defender saw Guaita get down well to save. Rakitic continued to shine in midfield at the start of the second period and created further chances for Fazio and Bacca, only for Guaita to make two more saves to keep his side in the tie.

Valencia burst into life just after the hour with Sofiane Feghouli and Vargas at the forefront of the good play, and the latter went close to halving the deficit with a curling effort that flew just wide.

Juan Antonio Pizzi's men continued to search for an away goal and saw two fantastic chances go begging late. First, Beto saved from point-blank range to deny substitute Jonas and then Vargas hit the bar with a back-post header.

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