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Valencia take the initiative

Published: Wednesday 24 September 2003, 22.45CET
AIK Solna 0-1 Valencia CF A second-half goal from Ricardo Oliveira puts the visitors in control.

Match statistics

AIKValencia

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 24 September 2003, 22.45CET

Valencia take the initiative

AIK Solna 0-1 Valencia CF A second-half goal from Ricardo Oliveira puts the visitors in control.

Rafael Benítez's Valencia CF take a 1-0 lead back to Spain after cruising past AIK Solna in their UEFA Cup first round, first-leg match thanks to a powerful finish from Brazilian forward Ricardo Oliveira.

First gear
The 2002/03 UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists had seemed content to play out the game in first gear, having rested the likes of Pablo Aimar and Santiago Cañizares, and will now be confident of progressing to the later stages.

Palop saves
Despite fielding a defensive formation, with Daniel Hoch as the lone striker, AIK had some good early chances. The best of these was a Stefan Ishizaki flick that forced Valencia goalkeeper Andrés Palop into a good save.

Hoch smothered
However, Valencia soon exerted control, and their back-four began to smother the solitary Hoch. This disparity meant that chances were few and far between, with neither side really getting on top of the game and both giving possession away too easily.

Back foot
However, Valencia, who reached the last eight of this competition two seasons ago, soon stepped up the pace in the second half, and put AIK firmly on the back foot. With Mohamed Sissoko, Juan Sánchez and Oliveira to the fore, the visitors began to move the ball around with a swagger, and AIK were forced to chase.

Kah chance
After an hour, AIK did manage to fashion a chance though, as the impressive Norwegian midfield player Pa-Modou Kah cut inside from the left and sent a powerful shot towards goal, which Palop saved expertly.

Oliveira strikes
Five minutes later, Valencia had the lead. Sánchez played a clever through-ball that was seized on by Oliveira in the box. The Brazilian forward shot powerfully and accurately past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. AIK tried desperately to respond. Just two minutes after the goal, Kah went close from a corner, before Ishizaki sent a stinging drive in, only to be denied by Palop once more.

No way through
Despite their best efforts, AIK could not find a way through, and Valencia showed all their European experience as they regained control in the final stages. Only Kah and Ishizaki seemed capable of getting an equaliser and even the introduction of Karl Corneliusson could not change that.

Last updated: 25/09/03 10.25CET

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Lineups

aik

AIK

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Valencia

1
SvenssonHåkan Svensson (GK)
13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
5
NilssonPer Nilsson
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Yellow Card9
6
KahPa-Modou Kah
7
OliveiraRicardo Oliveira
Goal64
Substitution90
7
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
8
BarajaRubén Baraja (C)
8
TjernströmDaniel Tjernström
11
SánchezJuan Sánchez
Substitution79
9
HochDaniel Hoch
Substitution57
12
GarridoJavier Garrido
14
NordinKrister Nordin (C)
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
18
QuansahKwame Quansah
Substitution70
16
CanobbioFabián Canobbio
Yellow Card72
20
Derek BoatengDerek Boateng
17
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
21
SundgrenGary Sundgren
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Substitution69
24
BjörckFredrik Björck
25
SissokoMohamed Sissoko

Substitutes

12
ÖrlundDaniel Örlund (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
2
TamandiJimmy Tamandi
14
VicenteVicente
3
CorneliussonKarl Corneliusson
Substitution70
20
MistaMista
4
KibebeBenjamin Kibebe
21
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution79
13
AyorindeSamuel Ayorinde
Substitution57
Yellow Card88
23
Curro TorresCurro Torres
Substitution69
17
SamuelssonSvante Samuelsson
27
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
Substitution90
22
MutumbaMartin Mutumba
29
Soriano FerreroCésar Soriano Ferrero

Coach

Richard Money (ENG) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Hermann Albrecht (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Tobias Welz (GER)

Fourth official

Knut Kircher (GER)

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