Sevilla draws with Basel; Bilbao beats Valencia

Villarreal is the best placed of all Spain’s representatives after a 2-0 win at home to Bayern Leverkusen at El Madrigal secured thanks to a goal in each half by Cedric Bakambu.

Steven N'Zonzi (center) was sent off in the second half in Sevilla's match against Basel.   -  AP

Defending champion Sevilla drew 0-0 away to Basel in Switzerland and ended the game with 10 men following the late sending-off of midfielder Steven N’Zonzi.

In an all-Spanish tie, Athletic Bilbao edged Gary Neville’s Valencia 1-0 on a sodden San Mames pitch with Raul Garcia scoring the only goal of the game.

Villarreal is the best placed of all Spain’s representatives after a 2-0 win at home to Bayern Leverkusen at El Madrigal secured thanks to a goal in each half by Cedric Bakambu. Leverkusen, who had Tin Jedvaj sent off late on, now has it all to do in the second leg in Germany.

Shakhtar Donetsk, UEFA Cup winners in 2009, is in a strong position after beating Anderlecht 3-1 in Ukraine.

Taison and Olexandr Kucher struck in the first period for Shakhtar and Eduardo added a third late on after Frank Acheampong pulled one back for the Belgians.

Lazio came from behind to draw 1-1 with Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic as a Martin Frydek opener was cancelled out by Marco Parolo.

And Fenerbahce have the edge against Portuguese side Braga following a 1-0 win in Istanbul given to them by a late Mehmet Topal goal.

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