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Europa League

Valencia 4 - AZ Alkmaar 0

Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán, Ricardo Costa, Adil Rami, Mathieu; Mehmet Topal, Tino Costa (Maduro 83'); Feghouli (Pablo Hernández 75'), Jonas (Dani Parejo 67'), Jordi Alba; Soldado. 4-2-3-1.
Alkmaar: Esteban Alvarado; Marcellis, Moisander, Viergever, Poulsen; Maher, Elm, Martens; Beerens (Falkenburg 78'), Altidore (Benschop 68'), Holman (Gudmundsson 46'). 4-3-3.

1-0. 15. Rami. Steered header past Esteban after Feghouli crossed in from right.
2-0. 17. Rami. Angled shot on far post after Soldado headed on Tino Costa cross
3-0. 56. Jordi Alba. Turned ball in from close to goal after Soldado crossed in.
4-0. 80. Pablo Hernández. Controlled Jordi Alba cross and fired shot past keeper.

Valencia overturned their first leg defeat with a convincing 4-0 win against AZ Alkmaar, taking them through to a semi-final meeting with fellow Spaniards Atlético Madrid. After three losses in a row the knives were out for coach Unai Emery. But with just over a quarter of an hour gone they were already two up, Adil Rami getting in front of keeper Esteban Alvarado to head Feghouli's cross in to the net, and then scoring a second from a wide angle after Soldado headed on a centre from Tino Costa. Soldado also went close a couple of times, and although Maher and Altidore tested Diego Alves before the break, Jordi Alba turned in Soldado's cross after a previous shot from Jonas was blocked on the line to open up a two goal cushion in the tie. Alves still had to keep out Martens as the Dutch league leaders kept up the fight, but with ten minutes to go Pablo Hernández wrapped things up after Alba laid the ball back from the left by-line.