Apr 3, 2014 at 8.05pm UK at ​St. Jakob-Park
Delgado (35', 38'), Stocker (90')
Die (13'), Embolo (76')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Senderos (19')

Result: Basel cruise past Valencia

Basel take a huge step towards the Europa League semi-finals with a 3-0 win against Valencia at St Jakob Park.

Basel took a huge step towards the Europa League semi-finals with a 3-0 win against Valencia in the first leg of their tie at St Jakob Park.

Matias Delgado scored twice before Valentin Stocker added a third in stoppage time as the Swiss outfit rounded off a commanding win against their La Liga opponents.

FC Basel's Argentinian midfielder Matias Emilio Delgado reacts after scoring the team's A goal during the UEFA  2014,Europa League quarter-final first leg football match against Valencia on April 3, 2014© Getty Images

Basel opened the scoring on 34 minutes when Philipp Degen found Delgado, who rifled in a fierce effort from the edge of the box.

Delgado had his second of the evening four minutes later when he pounced to turn home Stocker's inviting delivery.

Los Che had two excellent chances to grab a goal back in quick succession in the second half, but neither Francisco Alcacer nor Eduardo Vargas could supply the finish after they had set each one another up.

Vargas then came even closer on 69 minutes when he headed just wide of the post after a good cross from Fede's cross.

Stocker then struck in stoppage time to give the home side a huge advantage ahead of the second leg at Mestalla.

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