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Villa edges Valencia to victory

Published: Thursday 28 September 2006, 0.40CET
Valencia CF 2-1 AS Roma
Goals from Miguel Ángel Angulo and David Villa shot the Spanish team to victory and to the top of Group D.
by Graham Hunter
from Mestalla Stadium

Match statistics

ValenciaRoma

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners8
 
3
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed17
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 28 September 2006, 0.40CET

Villa edges Valencia to victory

Valencia CF 2-1 AS Roma
Goals from Miguel Ángel Angulo and David Villa shot the Spanish team to victory and to the top of Group D.

Valencia CF sit proudly on top of Group D following an authoritative 2-1 win against AS Roma and two splendid goals from Miguel Ángel Angulo and David Villa.

Undeniable
Not even a Francesco Totti penalty in the first half and a spirited, attacking performance from the Italian side in the second could deflect from Quique Sánchez Flores's men, who closed the game out to gain maximum plunder from a magnificent opening 45 minutes.

Stunning start
The electrifying start met exactly the pre-match expectations of commitment, skill and spectacle. Luciano Spalletti's team shaped up in a 4-3-2-1 formation with the intention of flooding the midfield but also establishing a platform for Simone Perrotta and Alberto Aquilani between Valencia's middle and back lines. However, despite the fact the tactic worked abundantly well, Roma fell behind as soon as they had established control of proceedings.

Roma control
The home side had opened with a sweeping first-minute move which ended with Villa hooking over from ten metres. Then Roma consistently claimed good possession and FIFA World Cup winner Perrotta sent two strong headers in on Santiago Cañizares's goal. In between these efforts, the excellent Marco Cassetti surged forward and played a one-two which enabled him to toe-poke the ball past Cañizares and shave the side-netting.

Level pegging
Yet it was Valencia who struck first. From Vicente Rodríguez's searching cross-field pass, Villa mishit his shot but the ball dropped perfectly for Angulo to let fly a fierce volley which goalkeeper Doni could not keep out. The onus was now on the hosts to defend their lead but they allowed Roma a route back into the tie inside five minutes. Emiliano Moretti controlled a harmless-looking cross by bending to chest it down in front of his own goal, but the ball spun loose and he hauled Cassetti down as the winger was about to shoot. Totti scored his second goal of the group stage with a cleverly-taken penalty.

Support rewarded
The Mestalla crowd never wavered though, continuously urging their favourites on, and Los Ché were in front again 15 minutes before the break. Moretti made amends for his error with a burst in from the left wing and as Villa received his pass, Christian Chivu slipped which permitted the Spanish international to slide the ball through a gaping hole to the right of Doni.

Holding out
Valencia worked harder to conserve their advantage this time around and coped with Totti dropping deeper to give substitute Vincenzo Montella a solo attacking role. At the other end of the pitch, only two superb interceptions from Matteo Ferrari stopped Valencia sealing victory before the hour. First the centre-back blocked Villa's goalbound strike, then his clearance off Vicente's cross flew up over the Roma crossbar. Vicente and Villa had both gone close to adding ink to the scoresheet earlier than that, yet the main task was reducing Roma's threat, and its successful completion left Valencia three points clear at the top of Group D.

Last updated: 28/09/06 10.28CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

roma

Roma

1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
32
DoniDoni (GK)
2
MiguelMiguel
2
PanucciChristian Panucci
4
AyalaRoberto Ayala
Yellow Card18
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Yellow Card90+2
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
Yellow Card36
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution46
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal29
Substitution72
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
Goal18
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution87
13
ChivuCristian Chivu
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Goal13
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Yellow Card80
14
VicenteVicente
Substitution90+2
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
20
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
21
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
Yellow Card74
22
EduEdu
22
TonettoMax Tonetto
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti
Substitution64

Substitutes

25
ButelleLudovic Butelle (GK)
1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
11
RegueiroMario Regueiro
Substitution87
9
MontellaVincenzo Montella
Substitution46
16
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
14
FatyRicardo Faty
17
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
18
VirgaValerio Virga
18
Jorge LópezJorge López
28
RosiAleandro Rosi
19
GavilánJaime Gavilán
Substitution90+2
33
FreddiGianluca Freddi
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution72
35
OkakaStefano Okaka
Substitution64

Coach

Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Sönke Glindemann (GER)

Fourth official

Lutz Wagner (GER)

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