Atletico Madrid took a huge step towards a place in the Europa League quarter-finals with a comfortable 3-1 first-leg win over Besiktas.
The hosts had already missed two great chances to take the lead through Eduardo Salvio and Radamel Falcao before Salvio made amends with a lovely piece of skill to skip past Veli Kavlak and slot under Cenk Gonen for the opener after 24 minutes.
The Argentinian made it two moments later with another sweet finish and Adrian Lopez added a third before half-time.
Besiktas were given some hope for the return leg next week when Simao Sabrosa pulled a goal back with a stunning volley seven minutes after half-time.
The travelling hordes of Turkish fans were in fine voice as the game began but they were quickly silenced after a stunning opening 45 minutes from the hosts which should have put the tie out of Besiktas' reach.
Salvio somehow skewed wide when presented with an open goal after a wonderful cross by Jorge Koke after 18 minutes and Falcao should also have done better when he shot straight at Gonen when through one-on-one.
However, Atleti were dominant and the opener duly arrived when Salvio jinked past Klavak and Gonen just could not get enough of a hand on his low effort to keep it out.
Left-back Felipe Luis then nearly got in on the act as his shot from the edge of the area was diverted just wide by the fingertips on Gonen.
A minute later Salvio had made it two as he ran onto a defence-splitting pass by Koke and lofted the ball over the advancing Gonen.
Koke came within inches of making it three after more great play by Adrian and Juanfran down the right presented him with a good headed opportunity but it was Adrian who did eventually get a deserved third as he ran half the length of the field and skipped past two forlorn Besiktas challenges before firing in off the underside of the bar.
The Turkish side however were back in the tie after 52 minutes as former Atleti favourite Simao volleyed home from the right side of the penalty area.
And Besiktas nearly had another goal back minutes later as a dangerous ball in from the right rebounded off Mustafa Pekternek and flew just past the post.
Koke came close to restoring Atleti's three-goal advantage but his effort was also deflected just the wrong side of the post before Thibaut Courtois was forced into a smart save late on by Filip Holosko to deny the visitors a priceless second away goal.