Europa League - Semi-Final - 1st Leg
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Sevilla 3-0 Fiorentina

Sevilla full-back Aleix Vidal
Sevilla full-back Aleix Vidal has now scored five goals this season

Sevilla full-back Aleix Vidal scored twice as the defending Europa League champions took control of their semi-final tie with Fiorentina.

The Serie A visitors had the better chances in the first half but Vidal gave Sevilla a half-time lead when he steered home from the edge of the box after being picked out by Carlos Bacca.

After the break, Vitolo played Vidal in to send Neto the wrong way.

Kevin Gameiro added a third 28 seconds after coming off the bench.

This season's tournament takes on extra significance with the winners qualifying for next season's Champions League group stages. Neither Sevilla nor Fiorentina are on course to qualify through the league.

However, Sevilla already take the tournament seriously, as they look to successfully defend the trophy for the second time in a decade, having won it in 2006 and 2007. No team have ever won the Uefa Cup or Europa League four times.

But the visitors started brighter with Mario Gomez firing over twice in the opening 15 minutes.

They were punished for their wastefulness when Vitolo found Bacca, who in turn played the ball to Vidal to fire in from 18 yards out.

Fiorentina should have been level moments later as Matias Fernandez somehow missed from six yards after being picked out by Joaquin. The Chilean was then denied by keeper Sergio Rico, who also kept out an effort from Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah.

There was a hugely controversial moment on half-time when Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak appeared to be fouled by Stefan Savic in the box - just as referee Felix Brych blew the whistle to end the half.

Fiorentina - who brought on English defender Micah Richards at half-time - were not able to take advantage of that good fortune and Vidal burst into the box to score his second.

The champions then put themselves in a great position to reach the Warsaw final when Gameiro converted Vidal's ball with his first touch after coming on as a substitute.

The second leg is in Florence next Thursday. The winners face Napoli or Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, who drew 1-1 in Italy, in the final.

Line-ups

Sevilla

  • 29Rico
  • 22Vidal Parreu
  • 6Carrico MartinsBooked at 46mins
  • 15Kolodziejczak
  • 2Trémoulinas
  • 25MbiaSubstituted forIborraat 73'minutes
  • 4KrychowiakBooked at 83mins
  • 10ReyesSubstituted forAndújar Morenoat 58'minutes
  • 19Banega
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 9BaccaSubstituted forGameiroat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Navarro Corbacho
  • 5Figueiras
  • 7Gameiro
  • 12Iborra
  • 17D Suárez
  • 23Andújar Moreno

Fiorentina

  • 1Murara Neto
  • 40TomovicSubstituted forRichardsat 45'minutes
  • 2RodríguezBooked at 90mins
  • 15Savic
  • 28AlonsoBooked at 70mins
  • 14Fernández
  • 5BadeljSubstituted forPizarroat 68'minutes
  • 20Valero IglesiasBooked at 78mins
  • 74Salah
  • 33GomezSubstituted forIlicicat 80'minutes
  • 17Joaquín

Substitutes

  • 4Richards
  • 6Vargas
  • 7Pizarro
  • 10Aquilani
  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 19Basanta
  • 72Ilicic
Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance:
35,840

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamFiorentina
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home20
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, FC Sevilla 3, Fiorentina 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Sevilla 3, Fiorentina 0.

Booking

Gonzalo Rodríguez (Fiorentina) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, FC Sevilla. Sergio Rico tries a through ball, but Vicente Iborra is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Vitolo (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina).

Vitolo (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Éver Banega (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleix Vidal.

Foul by Micah Richards (Fiorentina).

Éver Banega (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matías Fernández (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (FC Sevilla).

Attempt missed. Micah Richards (Fiorentina) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josip Ilicic with a cross following a set piece situation.

Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla).

David Pizarro (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aleix Vidal (FC Sevilla).

Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Éver Banega (FC Sevilla).

Attempt saved. Matías Fernández (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Grzegorz Krychowiak (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Borja Valero (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (FC Sevilla).

David Pizarro (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vitolo (FC Sevilla).

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Josip Ilicic replaces Mario Gomez.

Booking

Borja Valero (Fiorentina) is shown the yellow card.

Matías Fernández (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla).

Attempt missed. Éver Banega (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aleix Vidal.

Goal!

Goal! FC Sevilla 3, Fiorentina 0. Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleix Vidal.

Attempt missed. Aleix Vidal (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Benoît Trémoulinas.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. Kevin Gameiro replaces Carlos Bacca.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. Vicente Iborra replaces Stéphane Mbia because of an injury.

Delay in match Stéphane Mbia (FC Sevilla) because of an injury.

Borja Valero (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Éver Banega (FC Sevilla).

Mohamed Salah (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (FC Sevilla).

goal

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