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Gent own goal gives Valencia the points

Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.54CET
Valencia 2-1 Gent
Sofiane Feghouli's strike and Stefan Mitrović's own goal gave the Spanish side three points that consolidate second place in Group H.
Gent own goal gives Valencia the points
Sofiane Feghouli after Valencia's opening goal ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

ValenciaGent

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)46
 
54
Total attempts20
 
12
on target7
 
4
off target9
 
3
blocked4
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides6
 
3
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
24
Fouls suffered23
 
16
Passes377
 
462
completed304
 
383

Standings

Group H

PPts
FC Zenit Zenit39
Valencia CF Valencia36
KAA Gent Gent31
Olympique Lyonnais Lyon31

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.54CET

Gent own goal gives Valencia the points

Valencia 2-1 Gent
Sofiane Feghouli's strike and Stefan Mitrović's own goal gave the Spanish side three points that consolidate second place in Group H.

  • Valencia strengthen hold on second place in Group H
  • Sofiane Feghouli finish hands Valencia early advantage (15)
  • Thunderous Thomas Foket strike brings Gent level (40)
  • Stefan Mitrović's own goal gives home side the spoils (72)
  • The teams play again at the KAA Gent Stadium on 4 November

Valencia strengthened their grip on second place in UEFA Champions League Group H as an own goal at Mestalla undermined the challenge of Gent.

Nuno Espírito Santo had insisted there was no danger of his Valencia side underestimating the visitors and his players were as good as his word, tearing forward from the outset. Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels saved at the feet of Santi Mina after Sofiane Feghouli's pass had split the defence, before Shkodran Mustafi put a free header over from a corner.

The breakthrough was not long delayed, however. Paco Alcácer was unable to supply the decisive touch to a teasing low cross from right-back João Cancelo; from close range, a combination of Feghouli and Lasse Nielsen forced the ball over the line.

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Thomas Foket celebrates

Gent were rocking and it took a double save from their goalkeeper to prevent Valencia doubling their advantage. Sels dived to his left to keep out Santi Mina's 20-metre drive and was up quickly to block Daniel Parejo's follow-up effort.

The visitors, however, came into the match more as half-time approached – and five minutes before the break, they were level. Renato Neto's pass over the top found Thomas Foket on the right and the midfielder lashed a left-foot shot high past Jaume Doménech from the angle.

Parejo nearly restored the Valencia lead early in the second period, prodding over from close range, and substitute Pablo Piatti then fired too high after an incisive move down the right.

Valencia's pressure continued to build slowly, and the initiative was regained with 18 minutes left. Cancelo's cross came back off the bar and was met by José Gayà, who unleashed a cross-shot that was heading across goal, until Stefan Mitrović diverted it into his own net to give the home team the points.

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Pablo Piatti after Valencia's second

Reaction:
Nuno Espírito Santo, Valencia coach

It's a good result for us but it is not decisive in the group. There are still three games and the next match is very important. The first half was very good with a lot of chances to score, which we didn't turn into goals. In the second half we controlled the game. The result we wanted was a win, we have to improve some things but we are happy.

Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach
Our experience was a positive one despite the loss. We could have scored more and perhaps deserved a point. We are going to fight until the last match and we will try to get third position. It will be difficult but we are going to fight for it.

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Last updated: 02/11/15 18.34CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

gent

Gent

24
DoménechJaume Doménech (GK)
1
SelsMatz Sels (GK)
2
João CanceloJoão Cancelo
Yellow Card55
8
MattonThomas Matton
Substitution84
4
SantosSantos
9
DepoitreLaurent Depoitre
5
MustafiShkodran Mustafi
10
Renato NetoRenato Neto
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Goal15
13
S. MitrovićStefan Mitrović
Goal72
9
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Substitution82
14
KumsSven Kums (C)
10
ParejoDaniel Parejo (C)
Yellow Card18
Substitution68
15
SaiefKenneth Saief
Yellow Card66
14
GayàJosé Gayà
Yellow Card90
21
AsareNana Asare
Yellow Card22
18
Javi FuegoJavi Fuego
23
L. NielsenLasse Nielsen
21
André GomesAndré Gomes
32
FoketThomas Foket
Goal40
Yellow Card70
22
Santi MinaSanti Mina
Yellow Card46
Substitution61
77
MilicevicDanijel Milicevic

Substitutes

13
YoelYoel (GK)
25
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
6
OrbánLucas Orbán
4
RafinhaRafinha
11
PiattiPablo Piatti
Substitution61
5
JohanssonErik Johansson
12
DaniloDanilo
Substitution82
12
PoletanovićMarko Poletanović
15
PérezEnzo Pérez
26
RamanBenito Raman
17
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution68
27
SimonMoses Simon
Substitution84
Yellow Card86
19
BarragánAntonio Barragán
28
PedersenNicklas Pedersen

Coach

Nuno Espírito Santo (POR) Hein Vanhaezebrouck (BEL)

Referee

Felix Zwayer (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Marco Achmüller (GER)

Fourth official

Rafael Foltyn (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Marco Fritz (GER), Sascha Stegemann (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution