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Alcacer Hat-Trick Sends Valencia Into Last Four

Paco Alcacer's hat-trick helped Valencia secure a spot in the last four of the Europa League after they thrashed FC Basel 5-0 in their second leg quarter-final tie at the Mestalla.

The men from La Liga progressed as 5-3 aggregate winners, after overturning a 3-0 first leg loss.

The first effort of the game arrived in the 11th minute as Basel's Geoffrey Serey Die ballooned one over the bar from distance.

Other than that long range strike,the opening stages of the first half proved to be a dull affair, until the 38th minute, as Paco Alcácer slotted home from close range to give Valencia the lead.

The goal certainly sparked the game into life and Eduardo Vargas nearly doubled the hosts' lead four minutes later as Yann Sommer palmed the midfielder's close range strike out for a corner.

From the resulting corner Vargas rose highest to head home Fede's corner to increase Valencia's lead.

10 minutes after the restart Vargas nearly added a third as he struck the post from six-yards out.

The host continued to dominate throughout the second half and were rewarded in the 70th minute as Alcácer fired home his second and Valencia's third of the night.

Basel's Marcelo Diaz looked to grab a goal back for the Swiss outfit but the midfielder's effort from range flew just wide of the mark.

Daniel Parejo almost added a fourth deep in stoppage time but the midfielder's effort from six-yards out drew a fine save from Sommer.

The game went on to extra-time and Valencia showed no signs of fatigue, as Alcacer completed his hat-trick in the 113th minute with a simple tap in from six yards out.

Juan Bernat sealed the Valencia's passage into the sem-finals as the midfielder clinically finish from close range to give his side the emphatic win. 

 
 

 

 

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