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Villa strike eases Valencia nerves

Published: Thursday 17 December 2009, 21.48CET
Genoa CFC 1-2 Valencia CF
David Villa's goal five minutes into added time helped the visitors through as winners of Group B after an eventful evening in Italy.
Villa strike eases Valencia nerves
David Villa celebrates his winning goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GenoaValencia

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target14
 
9
Attempts off target0
1
Corners8
 
3
Offsides6
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 December 2009, 21.48CET

Villa strike eases Valencia nerves

Genoa CFC 1-2 Valencia CF
David Villa's goal five minutes into added time helped the visitors through as winners of Group B after an eventful evening in Italy.

David Villa's goal five minutes into added time earned Valencia CF victory over a spirited Genoa CFC side and a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 as Group B winners.

Penalty miss
Having fallen behind in first-half added time to Bruno Saltor's looping header, the Rossoblù needed to score twice to prolong their European campaign. Hernán Crespo supplied the first of those six minutes into the second half but, despite incessant pressure, the Serie A outfit − who survived a late penalty miss by Villa − were unable to land the killer blow and slipped to defeat when Villa punished a weak clearance by goalkeeper Alessio Scarpi with the last act of the match.

Lively Villa
Villa signalled Valencia's intent by twice testing Scarpi inside the opening ten minutes. After receiving possession from Miguel, he evaded Emiliano Moretti and Domenico Criscito before drilling straight at Scarpi, while shortly after he tried his luck with a snapshot from distance.

Marchena injury
The game was being played at pace and only a last-ditch block from Carlos Marchena denied Rodrigo Palacio. Villa was proving difficult to contain and a delightful flick from the No7 presented Joaquín with a clear sight of goal, only for the winger to poke wide when one-on-one with Scarpi.

Headed goal
Crespo then hooked a difficult chance off target when under pressure from Valencia goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Moyá, a miss which proved to be significant moments later when Bruno Saltor directed a back-header from Joaquín's free-kick over the back-pedalling Scarpi.

Crespo equaliser
Crespo was soon celebrating, however, after showing exquisite control to bring down a hopeful header upfield and beat Moyá. That lifted the home crowd and, full of verve, the Rossoblù began to force Valencia back. Villa squandered a chance to kill off Genoa from the spot but made amends in stoppage time after capitalising on Scarpi's miscued clearance.

Last updated: 14/01/11 15.49CET

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Lineups

genoa

Genoa

valencia

Valencia

73
ScarpiAlessio Scarpi (GK)
13
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
Yellow Card74
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
Yellow Card33
Goal45+1
7
RossiMarco Rossi (C)
4
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
8
PalacioRodrigo Palacio
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena (C)
Substitution31
9
CrespoHernán Crespo
Goal51
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Yellow Card86
10
PalladinoRaffaele Palladino
Substitution30
7
VillaDavid Villa
Yellow Card20
Penalty85
Goal90+5
21
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
Substitution82
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution76
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution90+1
25
BiavaGiuseppe Biava
20
AlexisAlexis
26
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
Yellow Card85
23
MiguelMiguel
28
JurićIvan Jurić
Yellow Card25
24
BanegaÉver Banega
Yellow Card70

Substitutes

32
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
11
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Substitution31
14
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
Substitution30
Yellow Card42
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
18
Raggio GaribaldiSilvano Raggio Garibaldi
9
ŽigićNikola Žigić
20
MestoGiandomenico Mesto
11
Del HornoAsier Del Horno
33
FloccariSergio Floccari
Substitution82
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution76
40
TomovićNenad Tomović
28
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution90+1

Coach

Gian Piero Gasperini (ITA) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Alan Kelly (IRL)

Assistant referees

Marc Douglas (IRL), Damien MacGraith (IRL)

Fourth official

Derek Tomney (IRL)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Buttimer (IRL), Neil Doyle (IRL)

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