EUROPA LEAGUE WRAP – QF 1st LEG: Basel down Valencia as Juventus, Benfica, Porto all on winners list

The quarter-final first legs of the 2013/14 Europa League took place on Thursday night with winning results for four clubs.

The quarter-final first legs of the 2013/14 Europa League took place on Thursday night with winning results for four clubs.

Swiss champions FC Basel have placed one foot in the semi-finals by beating Spain’s Valencia 3-0 at St Jakob-Park thanks to a double from Argentine midfielder Matias Delgado and a late third from Valentin Stocker.

Murat Yakin’s side will now head to the Mestalla next week in a comfortable position as they look to emulate, before bettering, last season’s final four finish.

Italian giants Juventus required an 85th-minute goal from Leonardo Bonucci to edge French side Lyon 1-0 at the Stade de Gerland as they now prepare for the return bout in Turin.

In Portugal, FC Porto produced a 1-0 triumph over Spanish outfit Sevilla at Estadio do Dragao courtesy of Eliaquim Mangala’s first-half header before Fernando was sent off late for picking up a second yellow card which will see him miss the return leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

And Porto’s Primeira Liga rivals Benfica scored a 1-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar in Holland thanks to Eduardo Salvio’s volley four minutes into the second half.

Jorge Jesus’ side will be looking to extend their lead at the Estadio da Luz next week as they look to atone for last season’s loss to Chelsea in the final.

2013/14 UEFA Europa League – quarter-final first leg

AZ Alkmaar (NED): 0
Benfica (POR): 1 (Eduardo Salvio 49’)
AFAS Stadion, Alkmaar, Holland – 16,906

Lyon (FRA): 0
Juventus (ITA): 1 (Leonardo Bonucci 85’)
Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France – 37,084

FC Basel (SUI): 3 (Matias Delgado 34’/38’, Valentin Stocker 90+1’)
Valencia (SPN): 0
St Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland – 350 (match played behind closed doors)

FC Porto (POR): 1 (Eliaquim Mangala 31’, red card: Fernando 87’)
Sevilla (SPN): 0
Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal – 31,122

 
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