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Early efforts ensure Valencia victory

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2004, 21.45CET
Valencia CF 2-0 RSC Anderlecht Vicente Rodríguez and Rubén Baraja are on target at the Mestalla.

Match statistics

ValenciaAnderlecht

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
9
Corners4
 
7
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed26
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 14 September 2004, 21.45CET

Early efforts ensure Valencia victory

Valencia CF 2-0 RSC Anderlecht Vicente Rodríguez and Rubén Baraja are on target at the Mestalla.

By Graham Hunter at the Mestalla

Valencia CF kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign with the same scoreline by which they won last season's UEFA Cup final, beating RSC Anderlecht 2-0 in Group G.

Early goals
First-half goals from Vicente Rodríguez and Rubén Baraja were enough to earn three points as the Spanish side put in a compelling display of powerful football. In his first Champions League match in charge of Valencia, coach Claudio Ranieri fielded a team comprised almost entirely of the club's 2003/04 UEFA Cup winning heroes. Roberto Ayala is still injured and Mista remains out of favour despite finishing as Valencia's leading scorer last season.

Aimar return
But the return of revered Argentinian playmaker Pablo Aimar to the side, having missed so much of 2004 with a succession of injuries, was something to please the Valencia fans. Anderlecht coach Hugo Broos, in Spain to win three points, used Anthony Vanden Borre as a man-marker for Aimar who featured as the link between midfield and the strikers in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Attacking start
Broos had asked his team to go on the attack in an attempt to end their run of one away victory in 18 European matches and to emulate their last victory in Spain which came, at this same stadium, 20 years ago. However Valencia played with the greater cohesion and urgency from the first minute and Aimar danced around goalkeeper Daniel Zitka, with lightning fast footwork, but Miguel Angulo's header was made more difficult by a slight touch away from him by Vincent Kompany.

Good Kompany
Kompany then outdid himself with a fantastic block as Angulo, again, was about to score. Aimar found Francisco Rufete whose left-footed chip enabled Angulo to muscle past Lamine Traore just six metres from goal, and as the Spaniard prepared to shoot, Kompany arrived with an outstandingly timed tackle.

Vicente opener
Valencia finally went ahead in the 16th minute as Aimar found Rufete and the midfield player's chip into the area was spilled by Zitka and the ball fell kindly to Vicente, who fired home a low shot from just inside the box.

Aimar movement
As Anderlecht struggled to find time on the ball or movement from Aruna Dindane and Mbo Mpenza up front, Aimar casually lost his marker with clever movements to either side of the pitch. And with half-time approaching, Vicente changed wings from left to right, cut inside and fed Baraja who changed the ball from right foot to left, beating Vanden Borre, and slotted home a low shot past Zitka.

New approach
Anderlecht were far more competitive after the break with the tempo of the play immediately higher as Broos converted midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson into Anderlecht's third striker.

Mpenza comes close
Dindane's mazy left-wing run almost benefited from the change when Wilhelmsson played a brilliantly weighted wall-pass with the Ivory Coast striker. Inside the area, Dindane shot across goal but it was slightly too far ahead of Mpenza to score.

Immediate reply
Ranieri's answer was to withdraw Rufete, introduce Bernardo Corradi and move Angulo to the right wing, allowing Aimar to play as the second striker. The reward was some lovely flowing football – but no immediate third goal when Angulo's firm right-footed shot was disallowed for offside.

Wilhelmsson impresses
Wilhelmsson confirmed his status as the Belgian side's best player in the second half with a powerful run down three quarters of the left side of the pitch to earn a corner, but Anderlecht could not find a way through to goal.

Last updated: 15/09/04 12.06CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

anderlecht

Anderlecht

1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Yellow Card90+3
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
Substitution72
6
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
Yellow Card62
Substitution80
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
Goal45
9
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
10
BaseggioWalter Baseggio (C)
14
VicenteVicente
Goal16
15
HasiBesnik Hasi
Substitution55
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
17
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
17
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
26
DindaneAruna Dindane
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Yellow Card41
Substitution57
27
KompanyVincent Kompany
21
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution76
34
TraoréLamine Traoré
Yellow Card34
23
Curro TorresCurro Torres
37
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre

Substitutes

13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
24
PeersmanTristan Peersman (GK)
7
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution76
7
LovreGoran Lovre
Substitution80
9
CorradiBernardo Corradi
Substitution57
8
JeštrovićNenad Ještrović
11
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
21
ZetterbergPär Zetterberg
Substitution55
12
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
23
JuniorJunior
16
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Substitution72
31
De ManMark De Man
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
36
LegearJonathan Legear

Coach

Claudio Ranieri (ITA) Hugo Broos (BEL)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Bruno Faye (FRA), Franck Leloup (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

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