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UEFA Europa League
May 1, 2014
• 3:05 PM
• Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
Referee: M. Mažić
• Attendance: 45938
S. Feghouli 14'
Beto 26' (own goal)
J. Mathieu 70'
Aggregate 3 - 3 Sevilla win on away goals
S. M'Bia 90'+
An absolutely breathtaking finish sees Sevilla score their all-important goal on the night as the progress to the Europa League final on away goals. Unai Emery's men took a two-goal lead into the match tonight but were outplayed for 92 minutes by Valencia, who went three goals up through Feghouli, Jonas, and Mathieu, but Los Che failed to keep their concentration and allowed Mbia to pop up the 94th minute to win the tie. An astonishing end to to this all-Spanish clash! Sevilla go through to face Benfica in the final! I'm Martin Macdonald, and it has been a pleasure bringing you this terrific match! See you next time!
FULL TIME!! SEVILLA ARE THROUGH TO THE EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL!!
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Jairo
90' + 4'
Assist Federico Julián Fazio
90' + 4'
Goal Stéphane M'Bia
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! GOOOAAAALLLL!! GOOOAAALLLLL MBIA SCORES AN AWAY GOAL IN THE LAST MINUTE!!! A nothing throw in from the right wing is flicked on by Fazio and Stephane Mbia rises high to bullet a header past Diego Alves! ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!! 3-1 on the night!!
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Jérémy Mathieu
90' + 1'
A massive FIVE minutes of injury time here the the Mestalla! Hope for Sevilla!!!
Gameiro collects the ball on the left-hand side and skips past a couple of challenges before looking to whip a shot towards the top right corner. Diego Alves was scrambling across slightly, but eventually sees the strike behind for a goal kick!
A weird situation here as there are two balls on the pitch, but the referee chooses to play on! Sevilla counterattack at pace and a dangerous cross is whipped into the box, but Diego Alves catalyses a massive cheer from the stands as he comes off his line to catch the ball out of the air to stop the attack!
Yellow Card Daniel Carriço
Pizzi makes a defensive change as the second goalscorer, Jonas, is replaced by Antonio Barragan, who usually operates as a right-back or defensive winger. Valencia shutting up shop it seems!
A couple of the Valencia players are just aiming to waste a little time here as they go down clutching their calves complaining of cramp. They've definitely put a shift in tonight, but there motives are probably slightly more selfish as they run down the clock.
Yellow Card Diego Alves
Just under 10 minutes remaining here and Sevilla need to at least create one meaningful chance before the end of the match if they are to reach the Europa League final in Turin. If they can grab that one elusive goal, they become massive favourites to go through!
Both sides make a change for the last 10 minutes here as Javi Fuego replaced Parejo for Valencia and Marko Marin replaces Reyes for Sevilla. Emery's men have a very short time to save their season, but we haven't seen a storm going forward as of yet as they search for an equaliser. It's all been for too comfortable for Valencia!
Why did Rakitic not go down!? The Croatian gets beyond Ricardo Costa just outside the box and decides to keep going despite being caught by the Valencia captain. The referee decides against awarded the free kick and the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Sevilla captain is demanding a free kick now, but it's too late.
The Valencia keeper has just stayed down after catching that free kick and he may have just landed slightly awkwardly. He's certainly taking the sting out of the match-injury or not.
Sevilla commit plenty of men forward for a set-piece down the right-hand side but it's a poor delivery from Rakitic and Diego Alves comes off his line to claim out of the air and take the pressure off his side.
Yellow Card Sofiane Feghouli
Unai Emery makes an immediate change after that goal and introduces the more attacking left-back, Alberto Moreno, in place of Fernando Navarro. It is make or break for Sevilla now, so will they regret taking off Bacca? Perhaps!
Assist Ricardo Costa
Goal Jérémy Mathieu
GOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL FOR VALENCIA!! LOS CHE LEAD THE TIE!!! Cartabia swings in the corner kick to the front post and a poor clearance drops to the feet of Mathieu, who stretches out a foot to turn the ball past Beto!! Three-nil! The Mestalla EXPLODES!
Terrific defending from Coke!!! Feghouli gets to the byline and digs out a brilliant cross to the back post! Vargas looks destined to bullet a header into the empty net but he is foiled by the Sevilla right-back, who heads behind for a corner kick!
Yet another set-piece opportunity for Valencia here as Navarro makes a needless challenge on Joao Pereira down the right-hand side. Parejo takes and floats a cross to the back post, but it is bread and butter for the towering Fazio, who commandingly heads clear.
Unai Emery decides to take action and makes his first substitution of the match. Carlos Bacca, who has been disappointing tonight, is replaced by Kevin Gameiro, who's in a rich vein of goalscoring form at the moment. Let's see if the Frenchman can make a positive impact for the visitors.
Valencia are just popping the ball with accuracy at the moment with all members of the midfield coming in to see a bit of possession before moving it on. Meanwhile, Sevilla are looking horribly disjointed in the middle of the park as Mbia and Carrico are absent from their central positions in front of the defence. The visitors need to get their act together, or they are going to be out of this tie!
Federico Nicolás Cartabia
Juan Antonio Pizzi makes his first change of the match as Pablo Piatti is replaced by Fede Cartabia, who's certainly got some pace about him. Very positive change from the Valencia boss.
There is absolutely no sign of the Valencia faithful calming down at the moment though, as the Mestalla is absolutely jumping! You never fail to get a fantastic atmosphere at the home of Los Che, but we still need a goal to stop this from going to extra time! Do we have a hero in the ranks?
There's been a few fleeting moments of quality from Sevilla in the second half so far, but for the most part it has been a continuation of dominance from Valencia. One goal will just have so much impact on the game you feel. If Emery's men get it, then the Mestalla crowd will surely quieten.
Mbia collects possession on the left wing and attempts to shift the ball back inside through the oncoming Pereira, but the a deflection off the foot of the Valencia right-back sees it go harmlessly through to the arms of Alves.
Yellow Card Juan Bernat
Bernat looks to counterattack down the left-hand side but is unceremoniously hacked down by Vitolo and Valencia get the free kick. The left-back ushers the referee to give the Sevilla man a yellow card for the challenge, and ends up going into the book himself for unsporting conduct. The official laying down the law it seems!
The ball breaks kindly to Bacca on the edge of the box and the Colombian looks to shift the ball to Vitolo in the inside right channel, but there was just too much put on the pass and it goes out for a goal kick. That was a real opportunity for Sevilla, but Valencia are let off the hook!
Parejo gets opportunity moments later in a near identical position to the first set-piece. This time Sevilla poorly clear to the edge of the box and Piatti latches on to the loose ball to slice a strike towards the corner. It was always venturing wide though and ends up going behind for a goal kick.
Valencia get the free kick early on in the second half as Carrico handles the ball 25 yards from goal. Parejo steps up and looks to whip a strike up and over the ball into the corner but he set-piece goes a yard or so over the bar.
We are back under way in the Mestalla! A place in the Europa League final is up for grabs!
We discussed before the match who would be leading the line for Valencia in the absence of Alcacer. It appears that Edu Vargas is acting as the lone striker with Jonas and Feghouli supporting from deep, but Sevilla can't seem to deal with the constant swapping of positions from the Valencia duo. They aren't missing their 20-year-old hitman as of yet!
Half time in the Mestalla. It's just about been a perfect half for Valencia so far as they level the tie overall thanks to a two-goal lead in this Europa League semi-final second leg. Feghouli and Jonas have struck so far as Los Che look to complete another fantastic knockout stage comeback. Sevilla have not got going so far, and they'll need to quickly lift themselves if they are to curb the tempo and intensity of Juan Antonio Pizzi's men!
SAVE BY BETO! Valencia almost grab another vital goal on the stroke of half time as Bernat tries his luck with a strike from inside the area, but the Sevilla keeper once again stretches out a hand to deny the home side!
Jonas is fouled on the left flank after a collision with Coke and Valencia get the free kick. The set-piece is curled to the front post and then glanced into the danger, but a combination of Mbia and Navarro manage to get the ball out out of the box.
Sevilla's passing just has not been on the money at all yet so far. In the last two minutes alone they have surrendered possession so, so cheaply through stray balls to team-mates. Mbia and Carrico the guilty parties on this occasion.
Ricardo Costa innocently brushes past Bacca just close to the touchline and then goes down clutching his stomach. It's possible the Valencia captain just took a sore one to the ribs from the Colombia, but I'm sure he'll be okay.
Mbia gets the ball to feet 25 yards from goal after a pass from Rakitic and just looks to thread a pass through to the oncoming Coke, but the Sevilla right-back barges through Piatti to get to the ball and the referee blows for a foul.
What a save from Diego Alves!!! Bacca has his back to goal just inside the box and cleverly bacck heels the ball to Reyes at the back post, who slides a shot into what looks like an empty net, but the Valencia keeper somehow gets across to block the attempt! A great save, but a MASSIVE opportunity passed up by the Sevilla winger!
In his attempts to get on the end of Jonas' header for Valencia's second goal, Beto took a pretty nasty fall and hasn't really looked altogether comfortable since. The Sevilla goalkeeper has winced a couple of times taking goal kicks, so it's possible he may have picked up an injury. He remains on the park for the moment though.
Slightly better from Sevilla in the past couple of minutes as they actually manage a period of sustained possession in the final third through Vitolo and Rakitic. A cross ends up coming in to the back post but Ricardo Costa is fouled in his attempts to clear the ball for Valencia, and the hosts get the free kick inside the box.
For the first time in the match, Navarro breaks out of his position at left-back and bursts forward into an advanced position up the park. He stands a teasing cross to the back post but Alves commandingly comes off his line to come out and claim the ball out of the air. Really good goalkeeping there!
The tie is currently levelled now at two goals a-piece, but with over 60 minutes left on the clock and the tempo currently being played, it's pretty unlikely we'll be seeing extra time and penalties!
The worst possible start for Sevilla here! They now need to come out of their shells and get up the park to grab a goal. The way this game is going, Valencia are going to create more and more chances!
Own Goal Beto
GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL FOR VALENCIA!! THEY DOUBLE THEIR LEAD!! Bernat receives the ball on the left-hand side and swings a cross into the box for Jonas, who bullets a header off the underside of the bar and in! It may have came off Beto on the way over the lin!
That's a daft challenge from Reyes. The Spaniard initially does brilliantly to track the run of Joao Pereira down the right-hand side, but then goes in with a lazy tackle that the right-back turns into a foul. Valencia get the free kick deep in Sevilla territory. Let's see what they can make of this.
Vitolo just attempts to hasten the ascendancy of the home side as he goes down clutching his face after an aerial collision with Bernat. There didn't look to be too much in it, but the winger has took the pressure off his defence for a few moments.
There's only one side who even look like scoring at the moment, and that's Valencia. They've clearly set up to go right at Sevilla from the first whistle, which they have done. They couldn't repeat their quarter-final performance against Basel, could they?!
SAAAAAAAVE FROM BETO!!! Feghouli bulldozes his way through the Sevilla defence and stabs a shot towards the bottom corner that looks certain to go in, but the goalkeeper somehow gets down to palm the strike round the post!
That's certainly what the doctor ordered for the home side! They just need one more goal in order to level up this tie, but can you see Sevilla not scoring? An away goal would be vital for Emery's men!
Assist Edu Vargas
Goal Sofiane Feghouli
GOOOOAAAAALLL!! GOOOAAAALLL!! GOOOAAALLL!!! Los Che open the scoring! Feghouli exchanges a lovely one-two with Vargas before bursting into the box, cleverly cutting back inside, and sending a deflected strike past Beto! One-nil Valencia!
You do get the feeling though that the hosts do need to register a goal sooner rather than later!
Reyes is rather cynically brought down by Feghouli a few yards into the Valencia half and the visitors get the free kick. The former Arsenal man dusts himself of to pop the set-piece high to the back post but Los Che manage to scramble the ball away from danger out of the box.
It'll be interesting to see how Valencia's mentality develops as the match progresses here. They need to score at least two goals but as they press forward looking to score, they are susceptible to the speedy counters of Sevilla.
Rakitic!! Not too far away! The Croatian pops up in his favourite position just in front of the opposition defence and decides to have a crack at goal. The attempt whistles by the post and doesn't pose much of a threat, but he was awarded far too much room to turn and shoot!
It's been a feisty first few minutes at the Mestalla, but it is definitely Valencia who've settled the better here. Sevilla are sitting quite deep with one eye on bursting free on the counterattack. They've got plenty of pace up top, so Valencia pushing up will always leave space in behind to run into.
The match has been lightning quick in the opening few minutes here! Valencia definitely seem catalysed by the atmosphere, but how long can they keep up this high tempo?!
Jonaaaaaas! Unlucky! Some lovely play in and around the penalty area from Valencia as Eduardo Vargas and the Brazilian exchange a couple of neat passes before the latter squeezes out a shot towards the bottom corner, but Beto managed to get down and make the save.
We are under way in Spain!
We've typically got a sensational atmosphere inside the Mestalla tonight! Let's see if the Valencia faithful can inspire their side to a momentous comeback!
One thing is for certain in the Europa League this year; we will have Spanish representation!
Valencia have only lost one major semi final in a European competition before. In 2012 they were eliminated by another Spanish side, Atletico Madrid.
Sevilla are hoping to make history in the competition this year. Los Nervionenses are aiming to become only the third side to have won the UEFA Cup/Europa League three times. They were champions back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.
More alterations are required from Juan Antonio Pizzi compared with his counterpart. With Alcacer suspended, it looks like Eduardo Vargas has been taxed with leading the line for Valencia. However, it is possible the Chilean may feature further back, with Jonas as the lone striker. We shall see how Los Che line up shortly!
Sevilla field the same XI that started the first leg with the exception of Coke, who comes in at right-back in place of Diogo Figueiras. Unai Emery will be delighted that Daniel Carrico has managed to shake off an ankle injury in order to feature alongside Mbia in the middle of midfield. Bacca remains their most potent attacking threat, with Ivan Rakitic pulling the strings slightly deeper.
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Beto; Coke, Pareja, Fazio, Navarro; Mbia, Carrico; Vitolo, Rakitic, Reyes; Bacca.
Valencia (4-2-3-1): Alves; J. Pereira, R. Costa, Mathieu, Bernat; Parejo, Keita; Feghouli, Vargas, Piatti; Jonas.
The game a week ago was the first time Valencia and Sevilla have faced each other in a UEFA competition, but are more than acquainted with each other having battles many times in the Spanish Primera Division. They have faced each other twice in La Liga this season. The first match in September ended in a 3-1 win for Valencia at the Mestalla, and the second clash at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Neither of those results would be sufficient for Los Che to progress to the final this evening.
It makes it all the more damaging then, that the 20-year-old striker misses tonight's match due to suspension. Who will Juan Antonio Pizzi look to for inspiration this time round?
However, Los Che can take confidence from the fact they overturned a sizeable deficit in the quarter-final against Basel to progress to the last four. A 3-0 defeat in the first leg balanced the tie massively in favour of the Swiss side, but a Paco Alcacer hat-trick inspired Valencia into an impressive 5-0 win on the night, and subsequent progression to the semi-final.
Unai Emery's outfit take an extremely useful two-goal advantage into the match tonight, having won the first leg 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan thanks to goals from Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and it's my pleasure to take you through the action!
Good evening folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Europa League semi-final second leg clash between Valencia and Sevilla from the Mestalla!
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