Valencia became the first team to come back from 3-0 down in the current Europa League format to beat Basel 5-0 in a unbelievable quarterfinal second leg. Six players from each side were booked during the match and two Basel players sent off in extra time before Valencia scored their final two goals to advance to the semifinals.
Paco Alcacer scored a hat trick, but it took him until the 38th minute to begin Valencia's comeback. By the 70th minute, he and teammate Eduardo Vargas (pictured above unhinging his jaw) combined to make it 3-3 on aggregate and force extra time, where Basel completed their implosion and Valencia pushed their goal tally to five.
Valencia then took the party to the town hall, where they continued celebrating with a sea of fans as if they'd won a trophy.
Spain now have four of the eight semifinalists in Europe's two continental competitions — Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, then Valencia and Sevilla in the Europa League. That's impressive, especially when you consider that Barcelona isn't one of them.
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