Sevilla put one foot in the final
A 2-0 win over Liga rivals Valencia saw the Andalusian outfit move close to Turin
Seven years on from Glasgow, and a tremendous group of players that included Palop, Alves, Luis Fabiano and Kanouté, Sevilla are back on the European stage. Unai Emery's men are on the verge of their third Europa League final thanks to a 2-0 win, earned with first half goals from Mbia and Bacca. The first one was harsh on the visitors, was a goal made in the English Championship (second division). Ivan Rakitic's free kicked was flicked on by Daniel Carriço (on loan from Reading) to Stéphane Mbia (on loan from QPR). The Cameroon international was standing two yards offside, however the visitor's appeals fell on deaf ears, and the central midfielder reacted after getting the ball stuck between his legs to back heel in from close range.
If the first was fortunate, there was little luck involved in the second. Carlos Bacca drove at the heart of the Valencia, defence, playing a one two with Vitolo before smashing the ball low across Guaita. Juan Antonio Pizzi's men will take heart from the fact in the quarterfinal they managed to overturn a 3-0 deficit against FC Basel, and they had their chances to secure a priceless away goal, with Beto's reflexes, in addition to the bar keeping them at bay.