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Valencia ease past Servette

Published: Thursday 28 February 2002, 23.04CET
Valencia CF drew 2-2 at Servette FC to claim a 5-2 aggregate win and UEFA Cup quarter-final place.

Match statistics

ServetteValencia

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 28 February 2002, 23.04CET

Valencia ease past Servette

Valencia CF drew 2-2 at Servette FC to claim a 5-2 aggregate win and UEFA Cup quarter-final place.

Servette FC 2-2 Valencia CF (Agg: 2-5)
An under-strength Valencia CF cruised into the UEFA Cup quarter-finals after a 2-2 second-leg draw with Servette FC completed a 5-2 aggregate victory.

Cúper reunion
The Spanish side now face Internazionale FC in the next round where they will come up against former coach Héctor Cúper, the man who led them to successive UEFA Champions League finals in 2000 and 2001.

Confident coach
The encounter with Servette was effectively settled last week when Valencia triumphed 3-0 at the Mestalla stadium. Coach Rafael Benítez was clearly confident going into the return and decided to rest regulars such as Adrian Ilie, Pablo Aimar, Roberto Ayala and Kily González.

Early goal
The changes mattered little at the Charmilles stadium as any realistic hope the Swiss side had of overturning the deficit was extinguished in the 12th minute when Juan Sánchez gave Valencia the lead. After a mazy run, the striker's low shot cannoned off the heel of the unfortunate Thierno Bah and looped into the net.

Robert strike
This away goal meant Servette had to score five to win the tie, a task which always looked beyond them despite Robert's 37th-minute equaliser. The Brazilian forward was in the right place to convert a rebound from Alexander Frei's fierce snapshot. However, Valencia restored their lead on the stroke of half-time when slick passing between Sánchez and Vicente Rodríguez created a clear opening for Miguel Angulo who guided the ball into the top corner from ten metres.

Frei finish
With their quarter-final place secure, Valencia attempted to run down the clock but their passing lacked consistency and Servette undoubtedly had the better of the second half. Frei squandered two one-on-one situations before he finally notched Servette's second in the 67th minute with a crisp finish after good work from Robert.

Palop stop
The goal lifted the vociferous home support who wanted to see their more illustrious visitors at least beaten on the night. But the closest Servette came to a winner was Robert's low drive from the edge of the box which was comfortably saved by Valencia's stand-in goalkeeper, Andrés Palop.

'A little bit sad'
Given the contrasting statures of the two clubs, Servette coach Lucien Favre said he was proud of his team. "We are a little bit
sad because it is the end of our adventure," he said. "We have to take the positive from the game. We drew 2-2 against one of the best teams in Europe." For his part, Benítez was "very satisfied" with the result, adding: "The first goal was very important, it changed the tone of the game."

 

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Lineups

servette

Servette

valencia

Valencia

1
PedatEric Pedat (GK) (C)
13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
5
WolfStefan Wolf
2
PellegrinoMauricio Pellegrino
6
LondonoOscar Londono
5
DjukićMiroslav Djukić
Yellow Card90
7
BahThierno Bah
7
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution74
10
ObradovićGoran Obradović
Substitution46
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Goal45
11
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Goal67
12
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
13
MievilleYves Mieville
14
VicenteVicente
16
LonfatJohann Lonfat
Substitution36
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni (C)
Substitution54
19
JaquetChristophe Jaquet
17
SánchezJuan Sánchez
Goal12
27
RobertRobert
Goal37
22
De los SantosGonzalo De los Santos
28
MarceloMarcelo
Substitution75
23
Curro TorresCurro Torres
Substitution46

Substitutes

18
RothSébastien Roth (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
20
OrumaWilson Oruma
Substitution75
3
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution54
Yellow Card78
24
SanouMaxime Sanou
Substitution46
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Substitution46
Yellow Card60
29
MitchkovDmitri Mitchkov
Substitution36
24
MistaMista
Substitution74
15
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
4
AyalaRoberto Ayala
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
18
Kily GonzálezKily González

Coach

Lucien Favre (SUI) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

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