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Valencia cruise past sorry Spartak

Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 22.00CET
Valencia CF 3-0 Spartak Moskva Group B winners Valencia ease into the second phase.

Match statistics

ValenciaSpartak Moskva

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners6
 
3
Offsides8
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
23
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 22.00CET

Valencia cruise past sorry Spartak

Valencia CF 3-0 Spartak Moskva Group B winners Valencia ease into the second phase.

Valencia CF, fielding a second-string eleven, defeated Spartak Moskva 3-0 at the Mestalla stadium in this UEFA Champions League Group B encounter, thanks to two goals from striker Juan Sánchez and a late Fabio Aurelio free-kick. The resulted meant the visitors became the third team who have failed to notch a single point in a Champions League campaign.

Fringe players
Valencia were guaranteed to finish top of Group B no matter what the result, and coach Rafael Benítez used the match as an opportunity to give some of his fringe players a chance to impress. Spanish international striker Salva was given a rare start alongside Argentinian winger Kily González.

No mood for defeat
However, Valencia were in no mood to be beaten, and the hosts dominated the first-half possession. Despite keeping the ball for long spells at a time, they struggled to create any clear-cut chances against a stubborn Spartak defence, admirably marshalled by the veteran defender Yuri Kovtun.

Kovtun impressive
If Kovtun was impressive in defence, Spartak were short of inspiration going forward. Vladimir Beschastnykh looked composed as he tried to orchestrate the play for the visitors, but Spartak threatened only sporadically.

Excellent through ball
Valencia went close to taking the lead on 17 minutes as Mista picked out Sánchez. The diminutive striker hit his shot well, but it came back off Maxym Levitsky’s right-hand post.

Sánchez scores
Sánchez was not to be denied however, and it was his header, on 38 minutes, that gave Valencia a deserved lead. Angulo seized on to a short free-kick and his curling cross from the right was met by Sánchez at the near post, who glanced a downward header into the net.

Sánchez strikes again
Spartak desperately needed to alter things after the break, and coach Oleg Romantsev brought on Brazilian midfielder Silva to try and add some spark to his struggling side. The change did not have the desired effect, however, as Valencia immediately doubled their lead. Fabio Aurelio’s pass from the left picked out Mista in the area. The Valencia playmaker then cut the ball back for Sánchez, and he doubled his tally, shooting firmly past Levitsky from ten metres.

Two-goal cushion
The two-goal cushion gave the hosts the luxury of being able to play expansively, and Spartak soon looked overrun. Mista was at the heart of a succession of slick passing moves, and Spartak were reduced to damage limitation.

Elegant back-heel
Sánchez almost completed his hat-trick on 75 minutes. Javier Garrido’s fine overlapping run resulted in a low cross across the face of goal and Sánchez's elegant back-heel deceived Levitsky, but drifted wide of the far post.

Late third
Valencia finally grabbed their third on 78 minutes. The hosts had won a free-kick on the very edge of the area and Fabio Aurelio, the only regular first-team player to start, drilled a low left-footed free-kick at goal. Levitsky, as if to sum up Spartak's Champions League campaign, could only palm the ball into his own net.

Last updated: 13/11/02 6.52CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
1
LevitskyMaxym Levitsky (GK)
3
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Goal78
2
KovtunYuri Kovtun
Yellow Card62
5
DjukićMiroslav Djukić
11
BeschastnykhVladimir Beschastnykh (C)
9
Salva BallestaSalva Ballesta
Substitution71
13
KoudriashovDmitri Koudriashov
Yellow Card43
Substitution62
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo (C)
14
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
11
SánchezJuan Sánchez
Goal38
Goal46
Substitution88
20
DanishevskiAleksandr Danishevski
12
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
21
BezrodnyArtem Bezrodny
Substitution46
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
25
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
20
MistaMista
29
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
Yellow Card49
Substitution77
22
De los SantosGonzalo De los Santos
Substitution87
34
MoisésMoisés
24
GarridoJavier Garrido
Yellow Card63
44
AbramidzeValeri Abramidze
Yellow Card58

Substitutes

1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
45
CherchesovStanislav Cherchesov (GK)
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
8
Marcelo SilvaMarcelo Silva
Substitution46
31
AlbiolMiguel Albiol
Substitution71
30
SoninAleksandr Sonin
Substitution62
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
41
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
21
AimarPablo Aimar
42
EssienOkon Essien
30
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
Substitution88
48
OgunsanyaSamuel Ogunsanya
Substitution77
Yellow Card78
32
SánchezDavid Sánchez
Substitution87
55
KhlestovDmitri Khlestov

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Oleg Romantsev (RUS)

Referee

Georgios Kasnaferis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Groutsis (GRE), Georgios Taprantzis (GRE)

Fourth official

Ioakim Efthimiadis (GRE)

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