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Valencia punished by Valdez

Published: Wednesday 8 December 2004, 0.28CET
Valencia CF 0-2 Werder Bremen Two late Nelson Valdez goals send Bremen through at Valencia's expense.

Match statistics

ValenciaBremen

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target5
 
9
Attempts off target4
 
4
Corners5
 
4
Offsides9
 
2
Fouls committed20
 
12
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 8 December 2004, 0.28CET

Valencia punished by Valdez

Valencia CF 0-2 Werder Bremen Two late Nelson Valdez goals send Bremen through at Valencia's expense.

By Graham Hunter at the Mestalla

Valencia CF will have to defend the UEFA Cup they won last season after losing 2-0 to Werder Bremen at the Mestalla to exit this season's UEFA Champions League. The Spanish champions fought hard in front of a passionate crowd, and hit the bar in the second half from a Marco Di Vaio volley, but two late goals from substitute Nelson Valdez killed the game off for Claudio Ranieri's side.

Smooth machine
Despite the fact Ranieri's team had been regaining form prior to this match and were able to field familiar names like Mista, Pablo Aimar and Miguel Ángel Angulo it was clear that, as Ranieri had predicted, Bremen were the more smoothly oiled machine.

Klasnic on bench
Valencia were experimenting with yet another formation, 4-1-3-1-1, while Thomas Schaaf's side had the luxury of keeping their normal system while also leaving striker Ivan Klasnic on the bench because Angelos Charisteas and Miroslav Klose had scored five goals between them at the weekend.

Decent openings
The difficulty with Ranieri's tactical choice was that it left Bremen's holding midfielder, Fabian Ernst, free to push forward. As the wide players dragged Rubén Baraja and Xisco Muñoz away from the middle of the pitch, Ernst and attacking midfielder Johan Micoud caused havoc. Yet despite looking unbalanced - with Carlos Marchena in midfield in place of the injured David Albelda - during the first half, Valencia had much of the ball and made some decent openings and it took two fantastic tackles to prevent the Spanish side going ahead.

Baumann block
One scintillating passing movement between Aimar and Baraja put Mista in position to shoot from eight metres out but Bremen captain Frank Baumann timed his diving block to perfection. Then Baraja's pass opened up a path for Aimar in the penalty box but he cut the ball back instead of shooting and this time an exceptional block from Paul Stalteri stole the chance.

Close thing
Bremen went close to scoring themselves in the 28th minute when Micoud, running free on to Ernst's pass, hammered a left-foot shot which Santiago Cañizares parried over the bar. Then from the corner the goalkeeper needed to dive and clasp Baumann's header - but did so without drama.

Mista miss
Drama followed, however, immediately the second half started. Mista's rustiness was cruelly exposed when an Aimar shot deflected beyond Bremen goalkeeper Andreas Reinke to the back post but with a free chance to score the striker nodded wide. Yet the German champions returned the compliment within minutes after Klose wriggled free of his marker and dived at Micoud's perfectly weighted corner only to miss the ball completely.

Changes
Ranieri looked to seize the initiative, albeit riskily, by throwing on Vicente Rodríguez, Di Vaio and Bernardo Corradi for Xisco, Aimar and Mista. Within moments it almost paid dividends when Corradi's headed flick was volleyed against the crossbar by Di Vaio in the 67th minute. Then something approaching disaster struck when with ten minutes left Vicente's brilliant cross was headed off the head of Di Vaio by team-mate David Navarro as the Italian was about to score into an empty net.

Red card
Heartbreak followed when Valérien Ismaël's long ball was missed by Emiliano Moretti and Valdez rounded Cañizares to score. Sadly, chaos ruled at the end. Angulo received a red card for his bad foul on the goalscorer and then a fight broke out during which both Ismaël and Vicente traded blows - but were only booked. After the free-kick was finally taken, Tim Borowski crossed for Valdez to score his second.

Last updated: 08/12/04 10.20CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

bremen

Bremen

1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
Yellow Card83
1
ReinkeAndreas Reinke (GK)
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Yellow Card17
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
8
BarajaRubén Baraja (C)
4
ErnstFabian Ernst
Yellow Card48
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Red Card90
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
Yellow Card11
12
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
7
StalteriPaul Stalteri
17
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
Yellow Card89
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Substitution81
18
XiscoXisco
Substitution61
10
MicoudJohan Micoud
20
MistaMista
Substitution61
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution90
21
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution61
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
Substitution45
23
Curro TorresCurro Torres
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
Yellow Card90+3
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
25
IsmaëlValérien Ismaël
Yellow Card90+1

Substitutes

13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
16
BorelPascal Borel (GK)
7
FioreStefano Fiore
2
FahrenhorstFrank Fahrenhorst
9
CorradiBernardo Corradi
Substitution61
Yellow Card84
5
Ümit DavalaÜmit Davala
11
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
Substitution61
17
KlasnićIvan Klasnić
Substitution90
14
VicenteVicente
Substitution61
Yellow Card90+1
23
MagninLudovic Magnin
Substitution45
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
27
SchulzChristian Schulz
16
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
38
ValdezNelson Valdez
Substitution81
Goal83
Goal90+2

Coach

Claudio Ranieri (ITA) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Anders Frisk (SWE)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Petersson (SWE), Peter Ekström (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

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