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

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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
  • 17Sánchez Rodríguez

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Sevilla 3, Fiorentina 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Sevilla 3, Fiorentina 0.

  3. Booking

    Gonzalo Rodríguez (Fiorentina) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Micah Richards (Fiorentina).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (FC Sevilla).

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Aleix Vidal (FC Sevilla).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Éver Banega (FC Sevilla).

  20. Post update

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