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Apr 24, 2014 at 8.05pm UK at ​Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Sevilla
2-0
Valencia
Mbia (33'), Bacca (36')
Marin (72')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Alcacer (88'), Mathieu (90')

Result: Sevilla put one foot in Europa League final

Sevilla beat Valencia 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie.

Sevilla will take a huge advantage to Mestalla after they beat Valencia 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final this evening.

The opening period of the all-La Liga clash was played largely at a frenetic pace, and it was the home side who took the lead on 32 minutes when Stephane Mbia turned home Daniel Carrico's cross.

Los Che were incensed that the goal stood after replays showed the midfielder was in an offside position when he scored.

Three minutes later, Sevilla doubled their lead and it was Carlos Bacca who extended the advantage for Unai Emery's team.

The Colombian ventured on a strong run before hammering an effort into the bottom corner.

Sevilla's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (C) vies with Valencia's French defender Jeremy Mathieu (L) and Valencia's midfielder Juan Bernat during the UEFA Europa League semifinal on April 24, 2014© Getty Images

There was a glut of chances early on in the second half, the first from Jeremy Mathieu's free kick, but the best of them was spurned by Federico Fazio.

The Sevilla defender found himself unmarked from Ivan Rakitic's free kick, but he could only head straight at Vicente Guaita in the Valencia goal.

Eduardo Vargas then went close for Los Che on 69 minutes, before Kevin Gameiro had a penalty shout turned away late on.

Valencia thought that they had salvaged what would have been an important away goal, but Vargas struck the crossbar with his header.

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Carlos Arturo Bacca of Sevilla celebrates after scoring during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Sevilla FC at El Madrigal on December 21, 2013
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