Sevilla will take a commanding lead into the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Celta Viga after securing a 4-0 win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday.
• Sevilla 4-0 Celta Vigo
• Gameiro misses penalty
• Rami heads home from corner
• Gameiro hits second-half brace
• Krohn-Dehli scores final goal
The hosts were dominant right from the off, but Kevin Gameiro failed to make the pressure count when his penalty was saved from the goalkeeper and Sevilla nearly paid for it as Gustavo Cabral rattled the crossbar soon after for Celta.
However, Adil Rami settled the nerves with a goal from a corner just before the break and Gameiro made up for his spot-kick miss with a quick-fire brace in the second half.
Dane Michael Krohn-Dehli also got the scoresheet against his former club late on after some neat play by Vitolo.
Just a day after Barcelona hammered Valencia 7-0, Sevilla proved they can also score goals for fun as they put four past Celta Vigo in the first leg of their semi-final.
The hosts had the better of the early chances with defender Thimothee Kolodziejczak’s header just wide after the ball was sent back into the middle following a corner.
Ever Banega’s crosses proved to be particularly troubling for the Celta’s defence with Kolodziejczak also drawing a save from Ruben Blanco after being set up by the midfielder.
Celta failed to cope with the pressure and it finally told when Vitolo was barged over by Sergi Gomez inside the area and the referee pointed to the penalty spot, but Kevin Gameiro failed with the spot kick.
The visitors nearly made the striker pay immediately as Gustavo Cabral rattled the crossbar with a header two minutes later.
However, it was Sevilla who took a lead into half-time as Banega’s corner found the head of Rami and the defender made no mistake.
Cabral had another effort saved while Pablo Hernandez’s shot on goal was blocked for the visitors.
It wasn’t too long before Sevilla doubled their advantage with Gameiro making up for his early penalty miss, taking Krohn-Dehli’s pass over the top in his stride before shrugging off a defender to slot home in the 50th minute.
And two minutes later it was 3-0 as Banega released the French international, who again made no mistake with the finish.
Krohn-Dehli put the icing on the cake with goal number four three minutes before the end as he was set up by winger Vitiolo and then steered the ball past Ruben.