Match ends, FC Sevilla 2, Valencia CF 0.
Sevilla took a commanding hold of their Europa League semi-final against Valencia as Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca scored in a first-leg victory.
After a frenetic opening half-hour, Mbia, on loan from QPR, flicked home following Ivan Rakitic's free-kick.
With Valencia reeling, Bacca's precise finish rounded off a swift counter-attack three minutes later.
The visitors' Edu Vargas swept wide before heading against the bar, but his side have it all to do at the Mestalla.
Sevilla had won 12 of their last 15 games coming into the match, including a 2-1 success over Real Madrid, and are now unbeaten in their last 14 home meetings with Valencia.
However the hosts' coach Unai Emery, who managed Valencia between 2008 and 2012, will remind his team that they lost 3-1 away to his former side in their league meeting in September.
- 3Navarro Corbacho
- 19ReyesSubstituted forMarinat 59'minutesBooked at 71mins
- 9BaccaSubstituted forGameiroat 73'minutes
- 20Machín PérezSubstituted forIborraat 90'minutes
- 1Varas Herrera
- 17Samperio Bustara
- 42Mendonca dos Santos
- 12da Silva Pereira
- 14BernatSubstituted forGayaat 45'minutes
- 15Fuego Martínez
- 22MathieuBooked at 90mins
- 8FeghouliSubstituted forGonçalves Oliveiraat 74'minutes
- 16AlcácerBooked at 89mins
- 28Nicolás CartabiaSubstituted forPiattiat 57'minutes
- 7Gonçalves Oliveira
- 20Moreira da Costa
- 26Domenech Sánchez
- Damir Skomina
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, FC Sevilla 2, Valencia CF 0.
Attempt missed. Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross following a set piece situation.
Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF).
Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, FC Sevilla. Fernando Navarro tries a through ball, but Federico Fazio is caught offside.
Substitution, FC Sevilla. Vicente Iborra replaces Vitolo.
Foul by José Gayá (Valencia CF).
Ivan Rakitic (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF).
Beto (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Nicolás Pareja.
Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Pablo Piatti with a cross.
Attempt saved. Jonas (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Piatti with a cross.
Seydou Keita (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla).
Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Kevin Gameiro.
João Pereira (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.