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Farfán leads Schalke past Valencia

Published: Wednesday 9 March 2011, 23.01CET
FC Schalke 04 3-1 Valencia CF (agg: 4-2)
Jefferson Farfán and Mario Gavranović scored either side of half-time as Felix Magath's side came from behind to book their quarter-final place.
by David Crossan
from Arena AufSchalke

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Match statistics

SchalkeValencia

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners7
 
5
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
20
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 9 March 2011, 23.01CET

Farfán leads Schalke past Valencia

FC Schalke 04 3-1 Valencia CF (agg: 4-2)
Jefferson Farfán and Mario Gavranović scored either side of half-time as Felix Magath's side came from behind to book their quarter-final place.

Jefferson Farfán scored twice as FC Schalke 04 came from behind to beat Valencia CF 4-2 on aggregate, sealing their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2007/08.

Felix Magath's side have now won all four of their home games in the UEFA Champions League this season, although tonight they had to do it the hard way after a 17th-minute Ricardo Costa header tipped the tie in Valencia's favour. Goals either side of half-time from Farfán and competition debutant Mario Gavranović turned the meeting around, Farfán adding gloss to victory in the fourth minute of added time with a lovely clipped finish.

It was perhaps the 21-year-old Gavranović who caught the eye, however, as he rose to the challenge of filling the void left by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's injury. He ought to have had a goal inside 14 minutes when he contrived to direct a free header from nine metres straight into Vicente Guaita's gloves. His time would come later, but for a while it appeared a costly miss as Valencia hit the front.

The Spanish outfit's movement and fluency had already created problems before central midfielder Mehmet Topal tricked his way past Joel Matip on the left. He hit his cross with real pace and venom, and whether or not he was the intended target the ball struck the almost unknowing Ricardo Costa's forehead and flew past Manuel Neuer.

Schalke were initially rocked, but slowly regained composure and, five minutes before half-time, parity. David Navarro felled Gavranović and Farfán stepped up to curl in a delightful free-kick from a central position 25 meters from goal. Guaita got his left hand to it but was unable to prevent the Peruvian notching his third goal in seven UEFA Champions League matches this season.

Seven minutes after the restart the comeback was complete as the lively Gavranović made amends for his earlier miss when Guaita flapped at a high cross. The goalkeeper did well to keep out Farfán's effort but he could do nothing as the ball fell to Gavranović, who only made his first Bundesliga start at the weekend, as he dispatched a shot in off both posts.

Valencia now had to attack and the outstanding Neuer pulled off a fabulous save to deny Aritz Aduriz after yet another astute Joaquín pass. Heading into the final 20 minutes Tino Costa prodded wide after a pinpoint cross from fellow substitute Roberto Soldado.

With his confidence sky high and Valencia desperately seeking a goal, Gavranović struck the woodwork twice in the final ten minutes, the second effort an outrageous chip from 40 metres in stoppage time. Farfán found the net in similar fashion from much closer range and Magath's side can now look forward to the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals on March 18.

Last updated: 27/11/12 4.26CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000119/match=2003765/postmatch/report/index.html#schalke+recover+beat+valencia

Quotes

  • Felix Magath

    Read more"It was difficult to create pressure from the beginning but after we conceded we had nothing to lose"

  • Unai Emery

    Read more"We can't talk of bad luck tonight; we needed to be assertive and we weren't"

Lineups

schalke

Schalke

valencia

Valencia

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK) (C)
13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
3
EscuderoSergio Escudero
Yellow Card47
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
4
D. NavarroDavid Navarro (C)
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
12
KlugePeer Kluge
Yellow Card27
Substitution81
7
JoaquínJoaquín
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Goal40
Yellow Card74
Goal90+4
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Yellow Card90+3
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution76
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution75
19
GavranovicMario Gavranovic
Goal52
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution64
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
Goal17
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
21
BanegaÉver Banega
Substitution70
32
MatipJoel Matip
Substitution60
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
Yellow Card83

Substitutes

33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
2
SarpeiHans Sarpei
Substitution81
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
9
EduEdu
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution64
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Substitution60
14
VicenteVicente
15
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
16
JonasJonas
Substitution75
16
KarimiAli Karimi
24
CostaTino Costa
Substitution70
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution76
28
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba

Coach

Felix Magath (GER) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Mathias Klasenius (SWE)

Fourth official

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Tobias Mattsson (SWE)

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