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Valencia end Elfsborg dreams

Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 23.30CET
IF Elfsborg 1-2 Valencia CF (agg: 1-5)
The Swedish champions' aspirations of a first group stage appearance were dashed by the Spanish side.
by Jan Juhlin

Match statistics

ElfsborgValencia

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 23.30CET

Valencia end Elfsborg dreams

IF Elfsborg 1-2 Valencia CF (agg: 1-5)
The Swedish champions' aspirations of a first group stage appearance were dashed by the Spanish side.

The slim hopes of IF Elfsborg making their debut in the UEFA Champions League group stage were dashed by a clinical display from two-time finalists Valencia CF, who became the first visiting team to win in Boras in eight months.

Twice winners
Valencia, runners-up in 2000 and 2001, added to the 3-0 advantage they built-up at Mestalla two weeks ago by winning 2-1 at the home of the Swedish champions with Iván Helguera and David Villa securing their progress from the third qualifying round despite the brief cheer of a Daniel Alexandersson goal for the hosts. Elfsborg had already come through two rounds to make it to the brink of the group stage, twice winning 1-0 on aggregate against Linfield FC and Debreceni VSC, but knew their dream of claiming the biggest scalp in the club's history was fading as soon as Helguera scored when unmarked with just five minutes on the clock.

Alexandersson cheer
The home crowd, who have become accustomed to cheering their heroes to victory, watched their team battle bravely, however, and were on their feet on the half-hour when Alexandersson found the net. Indeed Elfsborg continued to hold their own against their more experienced opponents, with Anders Svensson and Denni Avdic impressing in midfield, but Magnus Haglund's side were even denied the satisfaction of a second-leg draw as Villa scored for Valencia in the final seconds.

Mistake costly
"We make a mistake for their [first] goal, and you can't afford to do that in games like this - after that we played for the fans and did well," said striker Fredrik Berglund. "We needed to put pressure on them early on in the game, and try to break up their play early on," added coach Haglund. "Their early goal made it virtually impossible for us, so it killed the game. We did well, but Swedish clubs in general will always struggle against world-class sides like Valencia."

Last updated: 30/08/07 0.05CET

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Lineups

elfsborg

Elfsborg

valencia

Valencia

6
AlexanderssonDaniel Alexandersson
Goal31
4
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
22
AugustssonAndreas Augustsson
11
GavilánJaime Gavilán
14
AvdicDenni Avdic
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution61
33
BerglundFredrik Berglund
Yellow Card73
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena (C)
19
BjörckFredrik Björck
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
Substitution85
7
IlolaJari Ilola
Substitution64
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution56
4
KarlssonJohan Karlsson
Substitution75
17
JoaquínJoaquín
17
KeeneJames Keene
15
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
Goal4
Yellow Card73
11
MobaeckDaniel Mobaeck
Substitution19
18
SunnySunny
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson (C)
13
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
30
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
12
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira

Substitutes

5
AnderssonMartin Andersson
Substitution75
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
20
BajramiEmir Bajrami
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
2
FlorénMathias Florén
Substitution19
23
MiguelMiguel
1
HassanAbbas Hassan (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
24
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution61
Goal90
9
Mathias SvenssonMathias Svensson
Substitution64
Yellow Card68
19
ArizmendiJavier Arizmendi
Substitution56
27
EresDaniel Eres
20
AlexisAlexis
Substitution85

Coach

Magnus Haglund (SWE) Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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