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Genk and Valencia draw a blank

Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 22.40CET
KRC Genk 0-0 Valencia CF
Both teams created plenty of chances but neither was able to make the breakthrough as they each had to settle for a point in Group E.
by Nick Foster
from KRC Genk Arena

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Match statistics

GenkValencia

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
14
Corners5
 
6
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed18
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)36
 
64

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:25 CET

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Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 22.40CET

Genk and Valencia draw a blank

KRC Genk 0-0 Valencia CF
Both teams created plenty of chances but neither was able to make the breakthrough as they each had to settle for a point in Group E.

KRC Genk marked their return to the UEFA Champions League with a hard-earned point at home to Valencia CF in an entertaining Group E contest.

The Belgian titleholders' only previous appearance in the competition came nine years ago yet they showed few nerves on their comeback and might have snatched all three points late on, an acrobatic stop from Diego Alves denying Jeroen Simaeys. Adil Rami had hit the Genk crossbar with a spectacular overhead effort as the match stepped up a gear in the final 20 minutes, but neither side could fashion a breakthrough.

Genk were forced on the back foot for long periods of the first half although they started the brighter and threatened twice in the opening exchanges, Anele Ngcongca having a promising effort deflected wide. At the other end, Pablo Piatti burst clear down the Valencia left but Roberto Soldado was unable to turn in his cross.

The latter incident proved a more accurate guide to the remainder of the half as Valencia's 4-5-1 formation, with Soldado the sole striker, gave Víctor Ruiz and Piatti licence to push forward. Jérémy Mathieu almost made the most of space afforded to him on the left, only a fine Dugary Ndabashinze tackle inside the penalty area denied him a shot at goal.

The visitors' best chance of the first period came with nine minutes of it left, Piatti drawing an excellent save from László Köteles at the base of his left-hand post.

New Genk coach Mario Been had promised to be bold on his appointment, however, and his team emerged after half-time with renewed energy. Jelle Vossen brought a good save from Alves with a shot from the edge of the penalty area within seconds while Ndabashinze and Thomas Buffel both looked lively, Alves palming away the latter's dangerous corner.

Once again, though, it was Valencia who carved out the clearer chances. On the hour Soldado's pass from the right picked out Daniel Parejo and Köteles had to make an excellent stop to keep out the midfielder's fierce volley. Twelve minutes later Rami's overhead effort beat the goalkeeper but the crossbar came to the home side's rescue.

Valencia substitute Pablo Hernández then had a low shot deflected wide before Alves ensured both sides would leave with a point, brilliantly blocking Simaey's close-range shot. The Belgian outfit visit Bayer 04 Leverkusen on matchday two, when Valencia welcome Chelsea FC.

Last updated: 27/11/12 21.40CET

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Lineups

genk

Genk

valencia

Valencia

26
KötelesLászló Köteles (GK)
1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
6
HubertDavid Hubert (C)
4
RamiAdil Rami
8
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
9
VossenJelle Vossen
Substitution80
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution69
16
NgongcaAnele Ngongca
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado (C)
17
SimaeysJeroen Simaeys
10
BanegaÉver Banega
Yellow Card28
19
BuffelThomas Buffel
Yellow Card61
Substitution85
14
PiattiPablo Piatti
Substitution79
20
NadsonNadson
18
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
21
NdabashinzeDugary Ndabashinze
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution74
27
NwangangaKennedy Nwanganga
Substitution64
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
33
PudilDaniel Pudil
Yellow Card67
23
MiguelMiguel

Substitutes

1
SandomierskiGrzegorz Sandomierski (GK)
13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
7
HylandKhaleem Hyland
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
11
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution74
15
CamusFabien Camus
Substitution85
16
CanalesSergio Canales
Substitution79
18
BardaElyaniv Barda
Substitution80
17
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
24
DurwaelTimothy Durwael
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution69
31
OgunjimiMarvin Ogunjimi
Substitution64
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa

Coach

Mario Been (NED) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

Assistant referees

Norbert Schwab (AUT), Armin Eder (AUT)

Fourth official

Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Harald Lechner (AUT), Oliver Drachta (AUT)

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