Sevilla 3-0 Basel (agg 3-0): Gameiro goals help holders march on

The defending champions quest for a third straight Europa League trophy continued as they marched into the quarter-finals in convincing fashion thanks to the 28-year-old's brace.

Kevin Gameiro was at the double on Thursday as Sevilla downed Basel 3-0 in the Europa League to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition.

The holders inched closer to the successful defence of their prize as they successfully dismantled their Swiss opponents after a first leg that finished 0-0.

Adil Rami got the scoring underway for Unai Emery's men when the defender met Jose Antonio Reyes' corner with a glancing header.

It was then Gameiro's turn to shine, with the French forward's goals coming in quick succession right before the break to ensure a straightforward path to the last eight.

The result extended Sevilla's sequence of Europa League home wins to 11 – the longest in the competition's history – and the Andalusians have won 17 straight games in all competitions at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The ground has become one of European football's fortresses in the 2015-16 season, and few teams left in the competition will fancy their chances of getting a result in Andalucia in the quarter-finals.

Basel's exit from the competition means they miss out on the chance to play a European final on home turf; the Europa League final will be played at their St Jakob-Park on May 18.

The returning Reyes was heavily involved from the outset, linking up with Michael Krohn-Dehli to create the first chance for Gameiro, whose close-range shot drew a reflex save from Tomas Vaclik.

Sevilla's fast breaks and intricate passing had Basel on the ropes, and only a timely interception by Daniel Hoegh stopped Vicente Iborra from turning Gameiro's low cross into the net.

The home side drew first blood in the tie when Rami stooped to head a Reyes corner in off the post, but Sevilla only held the lead thanks to a world-class save from goalkeeper David Soria that prevented an Iborra own goal.

The match then slipped out of Basel's reach inside two minutes at the end of the first half.

Reyes danced through the Basel defence and his low cross gave Gameiro the easiest of finishes from close range.

A minute later, Krohn-Dehli was the provider with a run and cross that found Gameiro, and the striker's header came back of the underside of the crossbar and bounced in off his leg to make it 3-0.

Denmark international Krohn-Dehli continued to pull the strings after the break, and his deft back-heel put Mariano through to shoot just wide as Sevilla went in search of a fourth goal.

Sevilla coach Emery, perhaps with an eye on his side's next match against Real Madrid, substituted Krohn-Dehli and the pace of the game dropped off thereafter.

Gameiro too was hauled off as Basel showed little sign of launching a fightback. Luca Zuffi’s effort from 25 yards out was still rising as it flew over the crossbar.

Breel Embolo then missed two chances late on as the Swiss side were dumped out of the competition.

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