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Žigić heads Valencia on to the next level

Published: Thursday 4 December 2008, 23.37CET
Valencia CF 1-1 Club Brugge KV
Nikola Žigić struck to take the home side through to the last 32 as Club Brugge failed to get full value for Antolin Alcaraz's brave opening goal.
Žigić heads Valencia on to the next level
Nikola Žigić (centre) takes the plaudits for his equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ValenciaClub Brugge

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
2
Corners7
 
1
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed17
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 4 December 2008, 23.37CET

Žigić heads Valencia on to the next level

Valencia CF 1-1 Club Brugge KV
Nikola Žigić struck to take the home side through to the last 32 as Club Brugge failed to get full value for Antolin Alcaraz's brave opening goal.

Nikola Žigić struck to take Valencia CF through to the last 32 of the UEFA Cup, with his headed effort ensuring Unai Emery's side can finish no lower than third in Group G.

Two headers
The Serbia forward headed Valencia's equaliser on the hour after a similarly dispatched goal from Antolin Alcaraz had put Club Brugge KV in front at the Mestalla Stadium. The 2003/04 UEFA Cup winners fielded some fringe players, and while they rarely looked comfortable against Jacky Matthijssen's men, the 1-1 draw proved sufficient to secure their place in the next stage of the competition.

Brave finish
Club Brugge took the lead after 18 minutes, with Ronald Vargas dinking a free-kick into the area and Alcaraz, having escaped his marker, beating Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to the ball to nod into an empty net, before colliding heavily with the on-rushing custodian. The Paraguayan needed treatment, but his goal helped keep his team on top until the interval.

Unlucky break
Vargas almost doubled the visitors' advantage ten minutes after the break, getting in behind the Valencia back line to test Guaita with a powerful shot, while the rebound looped over Karel Geraerts's head with the home goal gaping. However, Valencia made the most of their good fortune as the tall Žigić outmuscled two defenders to head home from Hugo Viana's outswinging corner.

Final task
It was tough on Club Brugge, who had kept the hosts at bay fairly well until then. However, the Belgian outfit were lucky not to fall 2-1 behind in the 70th minute when Pablo Hernández's free-kick took a huge deflection and rolled narrowly wide of the post with Stijn Stijnen wrong-footed. Club Brugge must now avoid defeat in their final game at home against FC København to go through.

Last updated: 05/12/08 12.44CET

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Lineups

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Valencia

club brugge

Club Brugge

33
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK)
2
Curro TorresCurro Torres
2
CimanLaurent Ciman
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Substitution64
5
KlukowskiMichael Klukowski
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena (C)
6
ClementPhilippe Clement (C)
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution73
7
DaerdenKoen Daerden
11
Del HornoAsier Del Horno
Yellow Card74
8
DirarNabil Dirar
Yellow Card49
12
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Goal60
10
SonckWesley Sonck
Substitution82
15
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
14
SimaeysJeroen Simaeys
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
20
VargasRonald Vargas
Substitution90+3
25
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
36
JaumeJaume
Substitution55
30
AlcarazAntolin Alcaraz
Goal18

Substitutes

13
RenanRenan (GK)
13
De VliegerGeert De Vlieger (GK)
4
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
Substitution64
4
EvensBernt Evens
14
VicenteVicente
Substitution55
15
AkpalaJoseph Akpala
Substitution82
17
JoaquínJoaquín
16
Van HeerdenElrio Van Heerden
Substitution90+3
18
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Substitution73
18
LekoIvan Leko
27
Carles MartínezCarles Martínez
28
CaponBrecht Capon
29
Arturo NavarroArturo Navarro
29
De MetsGertjan De Mets

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Jacky Mathijssen (BEL)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Fourth official

Stuart Attwell (ENG)

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