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Navarro leaves it late

Published: Friday 27 February 2004
Valencia CF 3-2 Besiktas JK David Navarro's dramatic added-time winner gives Spanish side the edge.

Match statistics

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Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 27 February 2004

Navarro leaves it late

Valencia CF 3-2 Besiktas JK David Navarro's dramatic added-time winner gives Spanish side the edge.

A stunning headed winner from David Navarro four minutes into injury-time ensured Valencia CF will take a slender lead to Istanbul next Wednesday after twice trailing to a spirited Besiktas JK side in the first leg of this UEFA Cup third-round tie.

Pancu strikes
After twice leading, Besiktas looked to have earned at least a draw. Two stunning first-half strikes from Daniel Pancu and great goalkeeping from Óscar Córdoba had kept the Turkish league leaders in the match as Valencia, boasting seven changes from the side that had lost to FC Barcelona at the weekend, pressed from the outset. 

Ilie on form
Twice against the run of play Besiktas took the lead and twice Valencia struck back. On 16 minutes Córdoba saved brilliantly at the feet of Miguel Angulo, but within seconds Valencia had fallen behind. Adrian Ilie, back against his old side, spread the play from left to right to pick out Pancu's dart into the box and, after bringing the ball under control, the Romanian fired past Andrés Palop in the Valencia goal.

Sissoko levels
Undeterred, Valencia went straight on to the attack and drew level on 25 minutes, when Mohamed Sissoko rose to head in Fabián Canobbio's corner. With Pablo Aimar, on his return from injury, beginning to control play in midfield Valencia looked likely to go on and win comfortably, but Córdoba saved sharply from Ruben Baraja and Mista in quick succession to keep the scores level.

Pancu break
Something had to give, but surprisingly the next goal came at the other end. On 39 minutes Pancu was sent clear near the halfway line and he stole forward before planting a low shot under Palop. The goal was as brilliant as it was unexpected, but Valencia soon hit back, as Fabián Canobbio shot in from the edge of the area two minutes before the break.

Confident Besiktas
With two away goals already to their name, Besiktas began the second half with confidence, and although Valencia again held more of the possession, it was the Turkish side who came closest to adding a third. First on 58 minutes another swift break saw Sergen Yalçin's shot saved, then moments later, Palop blocked from Pancu. The rebound fell to Kaan Dobra, but his shot missed the unguarded goal.

Navarro winner
As Aimar tired, the veteran Sergen was growing increasingly influential and though Valencia pressed, it was Besiktas who were carving out the better chances, notably on 84 minutes when Tayfur Havutçu pulled the ball back for Sergen for a shot that was tipped over by Palop. But with four minutes of injury time played the balance shifted again when Navarro made room for himself in a crowded penalty area to loop a dramatic winner into the far corner.

'Important goal'
"It was a strange match, but we got an important goal at the end," Valencia coach Rafael Benítez said. "We made two defensive mistakes and they were good on the break, but now they must win the second match and I have confidence in my team."

Last updated: 27/02/04 9.50CET

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Lineups

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Valencia

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Beşiktaş

13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
1
CórdobaÓscar Córdoba (GK)
4
AyalaRoberto Ayala
2
Emre AşıkEmre Aşık
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
3
HavutçuTayfur Havutçu
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
4
Ahmet YıldırımAhmet Yıldırım
12
GarridoJavier Garrido
Substitution62
5
Ronaldo GuiaroRonaldo Guiaro
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
6
Yasin SülünYasin Sülün
16
CanobbioFabián Canobbio
Goal43
Substitution76
9
PancuDaniel Pancu
Goal17
Goal39
Substitution72
17
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
Goal90+4
10
Sergen YalçınSergen Yalçın
Substitution90+2
20
MistaMista
17
DobraKaan Dobra
21
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution68
19
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez
25
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Goal25
Yellow Card90+3
29
IlieAdrian Ilie
Substitution82

Substitutes

1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
22
Ramazan KursunluRamazan Kursunlu (GK)
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
14
Ümit AydinÜmit Aydin
3
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution68
71
Okan KoçOkan Koç
Substitution90+2
7
OliveiraRicardo Oliveira
30
ZagoZago
14
VicenteVicente
41
SerdarTopraktepe Serdar
11
SánchezJuan Sánchez
Substitution76
67
Tümer MetinTümer Metin
Substitution82
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Substitution62
77
HassanAhmed Hassan
Substitution72

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Alain Sars (FRA)

Assistant referees

Patrick Reinbold (FRA), Jean-Paul Chaudre (FRA)

Fourth official

Dominique Fraise (FRA)

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