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Europa League

Valencia 5 - Basel 0 (after extra time)

Valencia: Guaita; Joao Pereira (Piatti 109’), Javi Fuego, Mathieu (Ricardo Costa 81’), Bernat; Keita, Dani Parejo; Feghouli, Vargas, Fede (Jonas 75’); Paco Alcácer. 4-2-3-1.
Basel: Sommer; Xhaka, Schär, Sauro, Safari (Embolo 101’); Elneny, Serey Die, Marcelo Díaz, David Degen (Aliji 60’); Fabian Frei, Delgado (Sio 52’). 4-4-2.

1-0. 38. Paco Alcácer. Controlled Pereira pass and steered shot past Sommer.
2-0. 43. Vargas. Got above defence to head Fede corner into net from near post.
3-0. 70. Paco Alcácer. First time volley past keeper after Vargas played ball across.
4-0. 114. Paco Alcácer. Got on the end of Piatti cross to turn ball in on near post.
5-0. 118. Bernat. Ran through from left to fire shot over Sommer in to roof of net.

An incredible night of football in the Mestalla stadium, Valencia becoming the first side to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit in the Europa League after thrashing Basel 5-0 in the return match, a win which takes them through to the semi-finals. If anything the Swiss side had the better of the first half hour, but with seven minutes to go to the break Paco Alcácer controlled a long pass from Joao Pereira on his chest before turning a shot in to the net. Five minutes later Sommer did well to keep out Vargas, but from the resulting Fede corner the Chilean striker headed the ball wide of the visiting keeper for his side’s second. After the restart Sommer made top class saves from Vargas and Alcácer, but with twenty minutes to go Vargas played a long pass across the edge of the box for Alcácer to volley home the goal the Ches needed to level the tie. Sommer again made great stops as the game went in to extra time, but Marcelo Díaz got himself sent off for a kick at Jonas, and just four minutes later Basel were left with nine men when Sauro picked up two bookings in a minute. There was a bit of scare when Serey Die’s shot deflected just wide, but with six minutes to go Alcácer got on the end of cross from substitute Piatti to complete his hat-trick, and four minutes later Bernat ran through on a quick counterattack to wrap up an epic come-back.