Good wins for the two Sevilla based sides in their first leg ties, and both appear to be on track to get through the play-off round. Betis kicked off first at Jablonec, Cedrick giving them a 1-2 away victory in the end after Kopic had cancelled out Molina's opener. Later in the evening Sevilla clocked up a 4-1 win against Slask Wroclaw, although it was a flattering result after they went behind to a Paixao header early on. Rakitic did make it all square later in the first half, but it was not until the Polish side had Dudu sent off that they wrapped things up, with Marin scoring twice and Gameiro getting another in between. (22.08.13)
Betis kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-2 victory at Jablonec, a result which gives them a good chance of making it through to the league stage of the competition. Jorge Molina put Pepe Mel's side ahead in the twentieth minute, beating Spit at the second attempt after controlling a long pass by Nacho, but with the first half coming to a close Kopic levelled the scores after picking up a pass from Novak to fire a shot wide of Guillermo Sara. The Argentinian keeper had to make some important saves after that, in particular stopping efforts from Pitak and Hubnik either side of half time, but with six minutes to go an active Cedrick slid home the winner after Spit could only push out a shot from Chuli.
Another big win for Sevilla in the Europa League, a 4-1 scoreline against Slask Wroclaw virtually ensuring their place in the next round. However it was a flattering result, the Polish side taking the lead early on through Paixao, and causing a lot of problems for the excellent Beto before the Andalusians wrapped things up. Rakitic did make it all square with a stroke of fortune, his wide free kick bouncing past everyone in to the net, but it was not until Dudu was sent off for a foul on Jairo some ten minutes in to the second half that Sevilla got the edge. Marin was the man who made the difference, the on loan Chelsea midfielder cutting through to beat Gikiewicz, and after Gameiro headed a third, it was Marin again who finished things off with another individualist goal.