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Villa pens perfect finish for Valencia

Published: Friday 2 October 2009, 0.50CET
Valencia CF 3-2 Genoa CFC
Sergio Floccari gave Genoa the lead and Houssine Kharja struck a 64th-minute penalty to level – but David Villa had the final word.
by Graham Hunter
from Mestalla

Match statistics

ValenciaGenoa

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target12
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners8
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 2 October 2009, 0.50CET

Villa pens perfect finish for Valencia

Valencia CF 3-2 Genoa CFC
Sergio Floccari gave Genoa the lead and Houssine Kharja struck a 64th-minute penalty to level – but David Villa had the final word.

Valencia CF needed the fight of their lives to subdue Genoa CFC at the Mestalla with the Italian side leading and then equalising before substitute David Villa's late penalty won the game.

Defensive approach
Sergio Floccari gave Genoa the lead and Houssine Kharja struck a 64th-minute penalty to level after second-half strikes from David Silva and Nikola Žigić had put Valencia ahead, but the Liga side earned three points thanks to that Villa moment when, after being sent through by fellow substitute Joaquín, he forced Andrea Esposito to give away the crucial spot-kick.

Shock lead
That Genoa took the lead was a surprise. Their hosts had flooded forward, totally undaunted by the five-man defence they faced, with Juan Mata, Silva and Žigić all striking shots narrowly past or above Marco Amelia's goal within the first 25 minutes. However, the Italians' attacking tactic was to waste nothing when they came within range of César Sánchez. Ángel Dealbert headed off the line when the Valencia keeper collided with Floccari, and within seconds, Salvatore Bocchetti won a header at the edge of the Valencia box, David Navarro was caught napping and if Floccari was surprised to find himself onside within half a metre of goal, it did not stop him scoring.

Classy fightback
However, Valencia passed their way out of trouble. Seven minutes into the second half Éver Banega threaded a pass which confounded Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Silva stole the ball and clipped it home. Parity became a lead within four minutes. Mata again foxed Papastathopoulos and his pass squirmed past Emiliano Moretti for Žigić to make it 2-1. Genoa's Greek defender took some revenge in the 64th minute when Jérémy Mathieu hauled him down and Kharja stroked home the penalty, but then came the final act as Villa stormed to Valencia's rescue.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.03CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

genoa

Genoa

1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
32
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
4
D. NavarroDavid Navarro (C)
5
KharjaHoussine Kharja
Goal64
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Substitution79
10
PalladinoRaffaele Palladino
9
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Goal56
Substitution65
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
Substitution74
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
20
MestoGiandomenico Mesto
Yellow Card74
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
21
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution79
23
ModestoFrancesco Modesto
Substitution58
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Goal52
Yellow Card86
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti (C)
Yellow Card72
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
Yellow Card63
26
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
23
MiguelMiguel
33
FloccariSergio Floccari
Goal43
24
BanegaÉver Banega
Yellow Card90
40
TomovićNenad Tomović
Substitution56

Substitutes

13
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
73
ScarpiAlessio Scarpi (GK)
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
8
PalacioRodrigo Palacio
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Substitution79
9
CrespoHernán Crespo
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution65
Goal82
14
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
Substitution56
16
MikuMiku
16
EspositoAndrea Esposito
Substitution58
Yellow Card81
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution79
30
FigueroaLuciano Figueroa
30
MíchelMíchel
77
MilanettoOmar Milanetto
Substitution74

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Gian Piero Gasperini (ITA)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Alpaslan Dedeş (TUR)

Fourth official

Süleyman Abay (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Halis Özkahya (TUR)

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