Stéphane Mbia and Carlos Bacca were on target for Sevilla as they took a big step towards reaching the Europa League final with a 2-0 victory over Valencia.
After a frantic start to the game Mbia backheeled Ivan Rakitic’s free-kick over the Valencia goalkeeper, Vicente Guaita, to put the Andalusian side in front on the half-hour mark.
Bacca added another four minutes later when he used his pace to get clear before finishing clinically.
Valencia came close to reducing the arrears when an Edu Vargas shot curled just wide of the post midway through the second half and then in the final moments he also the same player the crossbar, but they now have it all to do in the second leg at the Mestalla.
Sevilla’s victory continued a run of good form which has seen them win nine of their last 10 La Liga games.