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Ayala seals Valencia progress

Published: Wednesday 1 November 2006, 0.40CET
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Valencia CF Valencia made it through to the knockout stage after twice coming from behind against improved Shakhtar.
by Kevin Affleck

Match statistics

Shakhtar DonetskValencia

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target11
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners4
 
5
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed20
 
9
Yellow cards5
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 1 November 2006, 0.40CET

Ayala seals Valencia progress

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Valencia CF Valencia made it through to the knockout stage after twice coming from behind against improved Shakhtar.

Valencia CF qualified for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare after they twice came from behind to earn a Group D point at FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

Maiden goals
Jadson Rodriguez and Fernandinho claimed their first goals in the tournament either side of a strike from Fernando Morientes to put the Ukrainian champions in the driving seat at the break and on course for victory. But Roberto Ayala salvaged a draw for the visitors with a second-half header to spoil Shakhtar's hopes of marking their 100th game in UEFA club competition with a win, while Olympiacos CFP holding AS Roma at least keeps their mathematical chances alive.

Blistering start
Fielding an adventurous 4-3-3 formation, Mircea Lucescu had asked his charges to be more focused and they certainly came out with the bit between their teeth. It took the hosts just two minutes to open the scoring, Jadson curling an exquisite free-kick past the helpless Santiago Cañizares after Fernandinho had been felled by Raúl Albiol. Shakhtar's high-octane opening continued and they were within a whisker of doubling their advantage when Matuzalem hit the post after a defence-splitting burst from Julius Aghahowa. The Nigerian then forced Cañizares into a scrambling save.

Level terms
However, Shakhtar's enthusiasm was punctured on 18 minutes when Valencia equalised completely against the run of play. A low free-kick from David Villa, who had scored twice in Valencia's 2-0 triumph on Matchday 3, was cruelly deflected past Bohdan Shust by Morientes for his 31st competition goal.

Deserved lead
That failed to knock Shakhtar out of their stride, though, and after Brandão had warmed the hands of Cañizares with a rasping drive, the local favourites regained the lead on 28 minutes with another stunning strike. Fernandinho picked up possession nearly 30 metres out, ran at the retreating Valencia defence before beating Cañizares with a swerving right-footed shot. It was the least Shakhtar deserved from a pulsating first half during which they mustered 14 attempts on goal to Valencia's five.

Game changes
Knowing a victory would rubber-stamp their place in the knockout rounds, Valencia were looking largely overpowered, particularly in midfield where they missed the class of the injured David Albelda, Rubén Baraja and Vicente Rodríguez. Yet Shakhtar struggled to rediscover their rhythm at the start of the second half and Valencia gradually began to establish a foothold in the tie. Morientes tested Shust with a rising drive before Ayala stooped to head the equaliser from a Villa corner.

Injury concern
Sensing that Shakhtar were tiring, Quique Sánchez Flores went for the jugular by replacing Morientes with Joaquín Sánchez and it was the visitors who seemed the side more likely to snatch a winner. Already without Asier del Horno and Carlos Marchena, Flores saw his injury woes compounded when David Navarro was withdrawn late on with a facial knock but the coach now has plenty of time to get his squad patched up for the last 16. Shakhtar must defeat Olympiacos and Roma to have any chance of joining them.

Last updated: 01/11/06 11.15CET

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Lineups

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Shakhtar Donetsk

valencia

Valencia

35
ShustBohdan Shust (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Yellow Card54
2
MiguelMiguel
7
FernandinhoFernandinho
Goal28
Substitution89
4
AyalaRoberto Ayala
Goal68
9
MatuzalémMatuzalém (C)
Yellow Card84
7
VillaDavid Villa
Yellow Card55
Substitution90+1
17
AghahowaJulius Aghahowa
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Goal18
Substitution77
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
Yellow Card75
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo (C)
Yellow Card90
25
BrandãoBrandão
Yellow Card47
Substitution75
17
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
Substitution87
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
20
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
27
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy
21
SilvaDavid Silva
33
SrnaDarijo Srna
Yellow Card66
22
EduEdu
38
JádsonJádson
Goal2
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti

Substitutes

12
ShutkovDmytro Shutkov (GK)
25
ButelleLudovic Butelle (GK)
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
11
RegueiroMario Regueiro
Substitution90+1
6
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Substitution89
15
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution77
8
LeonardoLeonardo
16
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution87
11
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
18
Jorge LópezJorge López
19
GaiOlexiy Gai
23
Curro TorresCurro Torres
29
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution75
31
PallardóMiguel Pallardó

Coach

Mircea Lucescu (ROU) Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Petersson (SWE), Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Ake Andreasson (SWE)

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