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Slavia stand firm to halt Valencia

Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 23.50CET
Valencia CF 1-1 SK Slavia Praha
The Spanish outfit surrendered top spot in Group B to LOSC Lille Métropole as the visitors picked up their first point in the section.
Slavia stand firm to halt Valencia
Jordi Alba tries to escape from Slavia's Ondřej Čelůstka ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ValenciaSlavia Praha

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners2
 
1
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed7
 
23
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards1
 
1

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Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 23.50CET

Slavia stand firm to halt Valencia

Valencia CF 1-1 SK Slavia Praha
The Spanish outfit surrendered top spot in Group B to LOSC Lille Métropole as the visitors picked up their first point in the section.

Valencia CF surrendered top spot in Group B to LOSC Lille Métropole after a 1-1 draw against SK Slavia Praha left them on five points from three games, with the visitors opening their account in the section.

Travel sickness
The omens were not favourable for Karel Jarolím's men given they had not won in eleven away European fixtures while Valencia had never lost, or even conceded a goal, against a side from the Czech Republic. But the Mestalla fell silent when Riste Naumov gave Slavia a half-time lead and defender David Navarro had to head in after the break to save the Spanish outfit.

First attempt
Neither side had presented a threat until the visitors forged in front after 28 minutes. Adam Hloušek escaped down the left flank and held off Miguel to reach the byline before finding Naumov, who controlled his finish from six metres. Martin Vaniak was finally called into action after 36 minutes, the 39-year-old parrying Hedwiges Maduro's long-range drive, before clutching a Míchel effort on the line after it had initially evaded his grasp.

Away chances
Slavia spurned a presentable chance to double their lead when Naumov was denied his second by Miguel Ángel Moyá and Zdeněk Šenkeřík's follow-up was blocked by Navarro with the goal otherwise unguarded. A counterattack after the break caused similar chaos in Los Ché's rearguard, Moyá forced into saves in quick succession from Šenkeřík and Peter Grajciar.

Red cards
Unai Emery unleashed Juan Mata and David Villa from the bench in the second half as he sought to protect his 12-match unbeaten European record at the Valencia helm, and his side levelled when Navarro rose to head in a Pablo Hernández free-kick. Both teams were then reduced to ten men – Slavia's Hocine Ragued receiving a second booking for a foul on Rubén Baraja and Villa dismissed for an incident involving Benjamin Vomáčka – with Pablo coming closest to a late winner when his free-kick struck the bar.

Last updated: 23/10/09 1.19CET

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Lineups

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Valencia

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Slavia Praha

13
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
28
VaniakMartin Vaniak (GK)
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Substitution78
2
TrappPetr Trapp
Yellow Card76
4
D. NavarroDavid Navarro (C)
Goal63
4
HubáčekDavid Hubáček
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
5
ČelůstkaOndřej Čelůstka
9
ŽigićNikola Žigić
6
Ragued Hocine Ragued
Yellow Card58
Red Card76
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
9
HloušekAdam Hloušek
Yellow Card66
20
AlexisAlexis
14
ŠenkeříkZdeněk Šenkeřík
Substitution78
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
Yellow Card34
17
SuchýMarek Suchý (C)
23
MiguelMiguel
18
NaumovRiste Naumov
Goal28
Substitution86
28
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution62
22
VomáčkaBenjamin Vomáčka
Yellow Card86
30
MíchelMíchel
Substitution46
27
GrajciarPeter Grajciar
Substitution90

Substitutes

1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
1
HanušJan Hanuš (GK)
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
7
VlčekStanislav Vlček
Substitution90
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution62
Red Card85
12
VasiljevićDušan Vasiljević
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution46
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
Substitution86
11
Del HornoAsier Del Horno
21
BelaidTijani Belaid
Substitution78
16
MikuMiku
24
TrubiloVitali Trubilo
24
BanegaÉver Banega
Substitution78
25
HošekJan Hošek

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Karel Jarolím (CZE)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Joël De Bruyn (BEL)

Fourth official

Laurent Colemonts (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Luc Wouters (BEL), Jean-Baptist Bultynck (BEL)

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