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St Etienne take the honours from draw

Published: Wednesday 17 December 2008, 23.30CET
AS Saint-Etienne 2-2 Valencia CF
The Spanish side found two equalisers but could not stop St Etienne winning the section in this meeting between the Group G frontrunners.
St Etienne take the honours from draw
Ilan scored both of St Etienne's goals against Valencia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

St-EtienneValencia

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners4
 
7
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 17 December 2008, 23.30CET

St Etienne take the honours from draw

AS Saint-Etienne 2-2 Valencia CF
The Spanish side found two equalisers but could not stop St Etienne winning the section in this meeting between the Group G frontrunners.

AS Saint-Etienne held on to top spot in Group G after playing out an exciting 2-2 draw with second-placed Valencia CF in testing conditions at a snow-covered Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Parity
Brazilian forward Ilan gave St Etienne the lead twice, with contrasting first-half goals, but Valencia fought back on each occasion thanks to strikes from Fernando Morientes and substitute Nikola Žigić. The result kept the French Ligue 1 strugglers two points clear of their nearest rivals at the group summit, and might have been even better for a home team who created several good chances to win.

Response
Valencia carved out the first opportunity of the night when David Albelda side-footed the ball wide, yet the first goal fell to Alain Perrin's men close to the half-hour. Ilan latched on to Dimitri Payet's pass through the heart of the Valencia back line and raced into the visitors' penalty area before cleverly scooping the ball over goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. The Spanish side took just four minutes to get their retaliation in, however, as the experienced Morientes pounced to turn in a low Joaquín cross from close range.

Late twist

Unai Emery's charges were not off the hook so easily, though, and Ilan struck again after 44 minutes, by which time he had already had another goal ruled out. The Brazilian finished comfortably after Guaita spilled a harmless-looking centre from Geoffrey Dernis. The keeper made amends for that mistake with crucial saves early in the second half from Dernis and Kevin Mirallas, at a time when St Etienne were rampant. Guaita caught the eye in particular with a one-handed stop from Dernis, shortly after which Payet rounded the keeper but shot against the woodwork. Valencia eventually made the hosts pay for their profligacy with 18 minutes left. Substitute Miguel delivered a deep cross from the right which Asier del Horno headed back into the six-metre box where the lurking Žigić ducked to nod in the second equaliser.

Last updated: 18/12/08 0.20CET

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Lineups

st-étienne

St-Étienne

valencia

Valencia

16
JanotJérémie Janot (GK)
33
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
33
AndreuYoan Andreu
2
Curro TorresCurro Torres
Substitution64
26
Bayal SallMoustapha Bayal Sall
Yellow Card79
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
28
BenalouaneYohan Benalouane
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena (C)
Yellow Card81
2
VarraultCédric Varrault
11
Del HornoAsier Del Horno
7
PayetDimitri Payet
Substitution90
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution62
12
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi (C)
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
25
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
25
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Yellow Card71
11
DernisGeoffrey Dernis
14
VicenteVicente
10
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution83
18
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
8
IlanIlan
Goal29
Goal44
Substitution90
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Goal33
Yellow Card58
Substitution76

Substitutes

1
VivianiJody Viviani (GK)
13
RenanRenan (GK)
29
RivièreEmmanuel Rivière
Substitution90
4
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
35
MessaoudiMehdi Messaoudi
7
VillaDavid Villa
9
GigliottiDavid Gigliotti
Substitution83
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
5
GraxSébastien Grax
Substitution90
12
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Substitution62
Goal72
36
GuilavoguiJosuha Guilavogui
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution76
23
MiguelMiguel
Substitution64

Coach

Alain Perrin (FRA) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Assistant referees

Nicolae Marodin (ROU), George Adrian Vidan (ROU)

Fourth official

Augustus Constantin (ROU)

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