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Clinical Valencia hold off Schalke

Published: Wednesday 19 September 2007, 0.35CET
FC Schalke 04 0-1 Valencia CF David Villa's second-half goal earned Valencia the points as the hosts were left to rue missed chances.
by Mark Pettit
from Arena Aufschalke

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Match statistics

SchalkeValencia

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners4
 
0
Offsides6
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 19 September 2007, 0.35CET

Clinical Valencia hold off Schalke

FC Schalke 04 0-1 Valencia CF David Villa's second-half goal earned Valencia the points as the hosts were left to rue missed chances.

Valencia CF and FC Schalke 04 made their traditional starts to the UEFA Champions League group stage as the Spanish side recorded a 1-0 victory at the Arena AufSchalke.

Cool finish
Valencia had won their opening match at this juncture in their five previous campaigns, while the German team had suffered defeat on both occasions they had reached this stage, without scoring a goal. Schalke registered an unwanted hat-trick as David Villa coolly scored the game's only goal on 63 minutes.

Cat and mouse
Schalke had begun in the ascendancy whereas Valencia seemed content to sit back, deal with the early crosses and long throw-ins that were being delivered into their penalty area, and then attack on the break. It was as home coach Mirko Slomka had predicted before the game, which he watched from the comfort of the executive boxes as he served a one-match touchline ban. The Bundesliga side had to wait until the 20th minute to truly worry Santiago Cañizares, a deep free-kick from Christian Pander being headed back across goal by Kevin Kuranyi only for Gerald Asamoah to nod over from a narrow angle.

Surprise factor
Valencia had sprung a pre-match selection surprise, lining up with Iván Helguera in central defence with Carlos Marchena pushed into an unaccustomed midfield role, and they were forced to work hard as the contest opened up before the half-hour. Kuranyi went close with a difficult header from distance, before firing centimetres wide with an excellent chance after Asamoah had nodded a long throw-in into his path. The Primera División outfit responded with their first shots on Manuel Neuer's goal, but the keeper dealt easily with Fernando Morientes's flick and an effort from the lively Villa.

Schalke initiative
Despite having to leave his half-time team talk to goalkeeping coach Oliver Reck, Slomka was busy scribbling notes when Pander's free-kick was routinely saved by Cañizares, before a rising drive from Marchena soared just over Neuer's goal. Valencia showed more attacking intent as the second half got under way yet the first attempt again came from Schalke and Asamoah – the forward forcing Cañizares to tip over his swerving cross. The Valencia No1 spilled the resulting corner and the initiative seemed to be with the Royal Blues as they earned a series of free-kicks during a fractious spell.

Breakthrough
However, despite reasonable delivery into the box from Pander, they could not find a telling header and Mesut Özil was introduced just after the hour as Schalke sought more creativity. Instead Valencia found it almost immediately, from the unlikely boot of Luis Miguel. His long pass over the top was seized upon by Villa and the Spain striker clipped the ball away from Neuer before sliding it into the net. Schalke responded well, almost equalising on 66 minutes when Halil Altıntop burst through but chose to square the ball rather than shoot, meaning the opportunity was wasted. Heiko Westermann and Peter Løvenkrands were also profligate as Valencia held on.

Last updated: 19/09/07 18.31CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

valencia

Valencia

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
2
WestermannHeiko Westermann
4
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon (C)
Yellow Card69
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Yellow Card52
8
ErnstFabian Ernst
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
Yellow Card26
10
RakitićIvan Rakitić
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal63
Substitution90
13
JonesJermaine Jones
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution80
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
Substitution61
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Substitution75
18
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution73
15
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
19
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
Substitution73
21
SilvaDavid Silva
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
23
MiguelMiguel
24
PanderChristian Pander
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
Yellow Card90+1

Substitutes

33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
13
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
11
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Substitution73
2
SunnySunny
Substitution90
16
RodríguezDarío Rodríguez
3
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
17
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution61
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
21
GrossmüllerCarlos Grossmüller
Substitution73
Yellow Card76
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution75
25
BajramovićZlatan Bajramović
19
ArizmendiJavier Arizmendi
Substitution80
26
AzaouaghMimoun Azaouagh
20
AlexisAlexis

Coach

Oliver Reck (GER) Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Wijnand Rutgers (NED), Wilco Lobbert (NED)

Fourth official

Kevin Blom (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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