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Valencia in urgent need of Leverkusen lift

Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 9.45CET
Beaten at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on matchday three, Valencia CF are four points behind the German club in Group E and are seeking a restorative result in the reverse game at Mestalla.
Valencia in urgent need of Leverkusen lift
Valencia coach Unai Emery reacts during the defeat at Leverkusen ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

ValenciaLeverkusen

Goals scored12
 
10
Attempts on target47
 
36
Attempts off target36
 
36
Corners38
 
38
Offsides8
 
14
Fouls committed80
 
117
Yellow cards11
 
20
Red cards0
 
0
 
Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 9.45CET

Valencia in urgent need of Leverkusen lift

Beaten at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on matchday three, Valencia CF are four points behind the German club in Group E and are seeking a restorative result in the reverse game at Mestalla.

Defeat at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on matchday three has left Valencia CF playing catch-up in Group E and the Spanish side are in urgent need of a first win in the section as the teams meet again at Mestalla.

• The game at the BayArena on 19 October was the first meeting between the sides, Leverkusen coming from a goal down to win 2-1 and record a second successive home victory.

• Valencia opened with draws at KRC Genk (0-0) and at home to Chelsea FC (1-1). Leverkusen bounced back from a 2-0 matchday one loss at Chelsea with a 2-0 home victory against Genk, their subsequent defeat of Valencia giving them a four-point cushion in second place.

Match background
• Valencia's record against German clubs is W4 D10 L10. At home the statistics are W3 D7 L1 and they have never won a UEFA Champions League fixture against German visitors. Their last four games have ended all square and there have been six draws in the last seven contests.

• Valencia's progress in last season's competition – their seventh participation – came to a halt against FC Schalke 04 in the round of 16. They drew 1-1 at Mestalla with Schalke winning the second leg 3-1 in Germany. Valencia lost 1-0 at home to Manchester United FC in the group stage but won their other two home games in style, beating Rangers FC 3-0 and Bursaspor 6-1.

• Valencia were beaten by FC Bayern München in the 2001 UEFA Champions League final, losing a penalty shoot-out at San Siro after a 1-1 draw.

• Leverkusen had not won in their last seven games against Liga opponents before matchday three and their full record is W7 D5 L12. Their previous victory came in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League group stage, a 3-0 defeat of Real Madrid CF, who had beaten Leverkusen 2-1 in the 2002 final in Glasgow.

• In Spain Leverkusen have two victories to their name from 11 visits. Their last success came at RC Deportivo La Coruña in a 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage fixture which they won 3-1 with Michael Ballack on the scoresheet.

• The Werkself won their only major European trophy to date by beating RCD Espanyol on penalties in the two-legged 1988 UEFA Cup final, each game finishing 3-0 in favour of the home side.

• This is Leverkusen's seventh UEFA Champions League participation. In their latest group campaign seven years ago they lost 4-2 at FC Dynamo Kyiv before drawing 1-1 at both AS Roma and Real Madrid, finishing top of the section with 11 points. They failed to progress from the round of 16, however, losing 3-1 both home and away against Liverpool FC.

Team ties
• Ricardo Costa played for VfL Wolfsburg between 2007 and 2010 but only faced Leverkusen on two occasions, in 2007/08 when his team recorded a draw and a defeat. He scored a 73rd-minute own goal in the 2-2 draw at the BayArena on 27 April 2008.

• Jonas and Renato Augusto have both made their debuts for Brazil this year and played together in the 2-0 friendly defeat of Scotland on 27 March.

• Mehmet Topal was part of the Galatasaray AŞ team beaten 5-1 by Leverkusen in the away leg of a 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 32 encounter after the game in Turkey had ended goalless. Stefan Kiessling scored Leverkusen's second goal.

• Topal was part of the Turkey team who lost the UEFA EURO 2008 semi-final 3-2 against a Germany team including Simon Rolfes and Ballack.

• Ballack was in the Chelsea side who faced Valencia in the UEFA Champions League 2006/07 quarter-final. The London outfit won 2-1 in Spain after drawing the home game 1-1. Miguel and David Albelda played for Valencia, all three players appearing in both legs.

• Ballack scored for Germany in a friendly international against a Netherlands side featuring Hedwiges Maduro in Rotterdam in August 2005. His goal began Germany's comeback for a 2-2 draw after the hosts had taken a two-goal lead.

Last updated: 24/10/11 17.52CET

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