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Slavia defy odds to claw back Valencia

Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 21.45CET
SK Slavia Praha 2-2 Valencia CF
Bottom of Group B, 2-0 down and reduced to ten men with eleven minutes remaining, the hosts defied all expectation to earn a draw.
Slavia defy odds to claw back Valencia
Valencia's Carlos Marchena and Slavia's Petr Trapp tussle for the ball ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Slavia PrahaValencia

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target10
 
9
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners2
 
7
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed18
 
14
Yellow cards5
 
5
Red cards1
 
1

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Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 21.45CET

Slavia defy odds to claw back Valencia

SK Slavia Praha 2-2 Valencia CF
Bottom of Group B, 2-0 down and reduced to ten men with eleven minutes remaining, the hosts defied all expectation to earn a draw.

Bottom of Group B, 2-0 down and reduced to ten men with eleven minutes remaining, SK Slavia Praha claimed an unlikely point to breathe life into their UEFA Europa League campaign.

Late comeback
Genoa CFC's win against leaders LOSC Lille Métropole looked to have left Valencia sitting pretty at the summit. Joaquín's consummate conversion of a 22nd-minute penalty and Hedwiges Maduro's glorious second-half strike, followed by the immediate dismissal of Slavia's Zdeněk Šenkeřík, put them in total control. However, Petr Janda and Peter Grajciar had other ideas, turning the game, and potentially the section, on its head in the closing stages.

Maduro scorcher
The hosts' purposeful start was swiftly undermined by their visitors' extra composure, Los Che taking the game by the scruff of the neck on 22 minutes when Juan Mata was scythed down by David Hubáček's despairing lunge. Joaquín made no mistake from the spot, favouring ferocity over precision to fire into the roof of the net. Any of Karel Jarolím's half-time plans on how to unpick the Valencia lock were torn up three minutes into the second period. Maduro struck the first blow, rifling into substitute goalkeeper Martin Vaniak's right-hand corner from 25 metres, and Šenkeřík inflicted the second, booked for the second time within 60 seconds of the goal.

Baraja dismissal
Pablo Hernández and Rubén Baraja could have put matters to bed, the former shooting wide and the latter heading against the bar, but Slavia cared not for the game's momentum. Janda headed in a corner with eleven minutes to go and Grajciar assuredly turned in Adam Hloušek's saved shot to draw them level against all the odds. Baraja received his second yellow card deep into added time to compound Valencia's misery on a day that for so long looked theirs for the taking. Slavia are still bottom but, on this showing, in with a fighting chance.

Last updated: 06/11/09 0.58CET

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Lineups

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Slavia Praha

valencia

Valencia

31
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs (GK)
Substitution28
13
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
2
TrappPetr Trapp
Yellow Card69
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
4
HubáčekDavid Hubáček
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Goal47
5
ČelůstkaOndřej Čelůstka
4
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
9
HloušekAdam Hloušek
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena (C)
14
ŠenkeříkZdeněk Šenkeřík
Yellow Card45+2
Red Card48
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
Yellow Card88
Red Card90+4
17
SuchýMarek Suchý (C)
9
ŽigićNikola Žigić
18
NaumovRiste Naumov
Substitution46
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution64
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Goal22
22
VomáčkaBenjamin Vomáčka
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution58
27
GrajciarPeter Grajciar
Goal82
Yellow Card84
Substitution86
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
Yellow Card62
Substitution70

Substitutes

28
VaniakMartin Vaniak (GK)
Substitution28
1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
7
VlčekStanislav Vlček
11
Del HornoAsier Del Horno
Substitution70
Yellow Card84
8
JandaPetr Janda
Substitution46
Goal79
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
11
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution86
Yellow Card90+2
16
MikuMiku
12
VasiljevićDušan Vasiljević
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution58
Yellow Card60
21
BelaidTijani Belaid
24
BanegaÉver Banega
24
TrubiloVitali Trubilo
28
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution64

Coach

Karel Jarolím (CZE) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Odd-Jarle Larsen (NOR), Svein Inge Wiken (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Espen Berntsen (NOR), Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

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