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Valencia in famous comeback

Paco Alcacer scored a hat-trick as Valencia overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit to thrash nine-man Basel 5-0 after extra-time to reach the Europa League semi-finals.

Basel's dominant performance at home a week ago had left Valencia with a mountain to climb back at the Mestalla, but Alcacer set them on the way with a 38th minute opener before Eduardo Vargas added another two minutes before half-time.

Alcacer's second of the game with 20 minutes to go ensured extra-time before Basel had both Marcelo Diaz and Gaston Sauro sent off for second bookable offences in the first period.

Valencia finally took advantage on 113 minutes when Alcacer completed his hat-trick before Juan Bernat's goal two minutes from the end wrapped up one of the most memorable comebacks in European footballing history.

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