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Valencia brush off Besiktas

Published: Wednesday 3 March 2004, 23.05CET
Besiktas JK 0-2 Valencia CF (agg: 2-5) Miguel Angulo and Juan Sánchez ensure visitors progress.

Match statistics

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

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Published: Wednesday 3 March 2004, 23.05CET

Valencia brush off Besiktas

Besiktas JK 0-2 Valencia CF (agg: 2-5) Miguel Angulo and Juan Sánchez ensure visitors progress.

Valencia CF produced a professional display to defeat Turkish champions Besiktas JK and turn a 3-2 first-leg lead into a three-goal aggregate margin. Despite the home side dominating possession, Miguel Angulo and Juan Sánchez struck on the counterattack in both halves to seal the victory.

Altered side
The visitors, who had claimed victory in the last minute at the Mestalla last Thursday, again fielded a much-altered side to that which normally competes in the Primera División. There were a total of seven changes to the team that surprisingly lost 2-1 to RCD Espanyol on Sunday, with only Roberto Ayala, Mauricio Pellegrino, Javier Garrido and Mohamed Sissoko retaining their places.

Early goal
Angulo did not take long to open the scoring. Cutting in from the right, he found himself completely unmarked and advanced on goal. Besiktas goalkeeper Óscar Córdoba, who had brilliantly denied Fabián Canobbio just moments before, was helpless as Angulo made no mistake with his slotted finish.

Pancu misses
Besiktas jumped into action after the goal though and Daniel Pancu had their best chance. The previously quiet Adrian Ilie picked out his Romanian compatriot with a lobbed through-ball from the left touchline. Pancu controlled, but with just Andrés Palop to beat, sliced his shot into the side-netting. Coming from the man who had scored two such brilliant goals in the first leg, it was a disappointment.

Half-time change
Besiktas threw on Ahmed Hassan for Giunti at half-time and the substitute almost scored within seconds, shooting wide of the near post from a tight angle. Indeed Besiktas came out playing with a renewed resolve and soon had the visitors on the back foot, putting sustained pressure on Palop's goal.

Crucial second
However, the game was to take an unfortunate twist for the home side. Just when Valencia had looked their least threatening, they scored their second of the night and all but secured progress to the fourth round. Xisco Muñoz curled in a cross from the left, expertly picking out the unmarked Sánchez, whose downward header eluded Córdoba at the far post.

Zago dismissed
With Besiktas now needing to score three times just to take the game into extra-time, they adopted an increasingly cavalier attitude as the game drifted away from them, especially once Zago was dismissed late on for a foul on Carlos Marchena.

'Complicated game'
Valencia coach Rafael Benítez was surprised that his opposite number had not pushed his side harder. "It was a complicated game for us," he said. "They attacked us to try and get back into the game, but Besiktas did not play as well as I had expected, so it became easier for us. They left space at the back for us to exploit."

Growing reputation
While disappointed with the result, Besiktas coach Mircea Lucescu was pleased that his side's reputation had forced Valencia into a defensive game plan. "They played with a lot of defensive players," he said. "Our side is becoming well known by the other teams in Europe."

Last updated: 04/03/04 10.14CET

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Lineups

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Beşiktaş

valencia

Valencia

1
CórdobaÓscar Córdoba (GK)
13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
30
ZagoZago
Red Card90+3
12
GarridoJavier Garrido
5
Ronaldo GuiaroRonaldo Guiaro
2
PellegrinoMauricio Pellegrino
4
Ahmet YıldırımAhmet Yıldırım
4
AyalaRoberto Ayala
9
PancuDaniel Pancu
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
3
HavutçuTayfur Havutçu
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Goal12
17
DobraKaan Dobra
Substitution72
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
19
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez
Substitution63
16
CanobbioFabián Canobbio
Substitution67
20
GiuntiFederico Giunti
Yellow Card43
Substitution46
24
XiscoXisco
Substitution57
10
Sergen YalçınSergen Yalçın
25
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Substitution75
29
IlieAdrian Ilie
11
SánchezJuan Sánchez
Goal57

Substitutes

22
Ramazan KursunluRamazan Kursunlu (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
55
Gökhan ZanGökhan Zan
3
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution57
41
SerdarTopraktepe Serdar
Substitution72
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Substitution67
67
Tümer MetinTümer Metin
Substitution63
21
AimarPablo Aimar
11
SinanKaloglu Sinan
17
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
77
HassanAhmed Hassan
Substitution46
27
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
21
Serdar ÖzkanSerdar Özkan
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
Substitution75

Coach

Mircea Lucescu (ROU) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Domenico Messina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Claudio Puglisi (ITA), Cristiano Copelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Tiziano Pieri (ITA)

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