An epic night of European football in Seville, with Sevilla FC overturning a two goal deficit at city rivals Betis, and eventually winning through on penalties. A goal in each half by Reyes and Bacca made it 0-2 on the night, equalling the first leg result, and Nono missed the last spot kick to take Unai Emery’s side through 3-4 in the shoot out. Sevilla will be joined in tomorrow’s quarter final draw by Valencia, who beat Ludogorets 1-0 in their second leg tie. The Ches were already three up from the first leg in Bulgaria, and a Paco Alcácer header on the hour mark wrapped things up. (20.03.14)
An epic night of European football in Seville, with Sevilla FC overturning a two goal deficit at city rivals Betis, and eventually winning through on penalties. Nobody gave Unai Emery’s side much of a chance after their first leg defeat, but Bacca went close early on, and midway through the first half Reyes got on the end of Alberto Moreno’s cross to drill a low shot past Adán. Nono failed to hit the target a couple of times before the break, and Leo Baptistao did likewise after the restart, but with a quarter of an hour to go Bacca connected with another Moreno cross to make 0-2 on the night, equaling the first leg result.That took the game in to extra time, and the visitors could have won it had Adán not pulled off the saves of the night from Gameiro and Bacca, In the end though it went to penalties, and although Adán saved Vitolo’s first spot kick, N’Diaye fired his side’s fourth against the post, and youngster Nono hit a soft fifth kick wide (although Beto possibly got a hand to it?), taking the two-times champions in to the last eight.
Valencia made sure of their place in tomorrow’s quarter final draw after they beat Ludogorets 1-0 in their second leg tie. The Ches were already three up from the first leg, and although the Bulgarian side went close a couple of times early on, there was never any real chance of them turning the scoreline around. Pizzi’s team were in control for much of the time, visiting keeper Stoyanov having to save from a couple of first half headers by Javi Fuego, and Dani Parejo firing a free kick against the crossbar on the stroke of half time. Zlatinski, Misidjan and Dyakov did test Diego Alves either side of the break, but with an hour on the clock Paco Alcácer got on the end of Fede’s cross to head home what was to prove the only goal of the evening. Alves did well to keep out an effort from Bezjak and Hernández headed wide as the visitors looked to at least get on the scorecard, although Stoyanov had to be on his toes to prevent Vargas and Fuego from adding to the lead near the end.