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Kouemaha gives Club Brugge the edge

Published: Thursday 18 February 2010, 20.45CET
Club Brugge KV 1-0 Valencia CF
Dorge Kouemaha's effort was enough to end ten-man Valencia's 18-match unbeaten run in continental competition.
Kouemaha gives Club Brugge the edge
Dorge Kouemaha strikes his winner for Club Brugge ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Club BruggeValencia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
12
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed19
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 18 February 2010, 20.45CET

Kouemaha gives Club Brugge the edge

Club Brugge KV 1-0 Valencia CF
Dorge Kouemaha's effort was enough to end ten-man Valencia's 18-match unbeaten run in continental competition.

Club Brugge KV will take a narrow advantage to Spain after Dorge Kouemaha's goal helped them win 1-0 against ten-man Valencia CF in their round of 32 first leg.

Both sides squandered good chances before David Silva's red card after half-time was quickly followed by Kouemaha's 56th-minute opener. It was Club Brugge's first post-Christmas win in Europe for six seasons and ended Valencia's 18-match unbeaten run in continental competition.

In a lively opening, the hosts were first to threaten when Joseph Akpala teed up strike partner Kouemaha, who was only denied by a sprawling Miguel Ángel Moyá. The visitors' David Villa provided a prompt response by serving notice of his threat with a fierce strike that home goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen was forced to beat away.

From the resulting corner, Rubén Baraja found himself unmarked but smashed his effort straight at Stijnen. Baraja then set up Juan Mata, who also shot too close to the keeper, before a clever free-kick routine almost prised open the Belgian team's defence. Club Brugge were causing problems of their own, and Akpala again did well to release Kouemaha, yet the Cameroon striker's lifted finish clipped the bar.

Goalless at the break, the complexion of the game changed on 51 minutes when David Silva picked up a second booking for a high challenge on Carl Hoefkens. Down to ten men, Valencia were soon behind. Kouemaha's speculative effort looked to be covered by the diving Moyá, but it bobbled over him and in.

Undeterred, Los Che went in search of an away goal and Villa came within centimetres of it on 71 minutes, only for his angled shot to hit the inside of the post and bounce to safety. It was to be Valencia's last serious effort and they will need to score at Mestalla next Thursday to have any chance of progression.

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Lineups

club brugge

Club Brugge

valencia

Valencia

1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK) (C)
13
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
4
HoefkensCarl Hoefkens
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena (C)
5
KlukowskiMichael Klukowski
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Yellow Card54
11
BlondelJonathan Blondel
Yellow Card19
7
VillaDavid Villa
15
AkpalaJoseph Akpala
Substitution79
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
18
DonkRyan Donk
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
30
AlcarazAntolin Alcaraz
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution63
32
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja
Yellow Card86
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Yellow Card31
Red Card51
40
KouemahaDorge Kouemaha
Goal56
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
Substitution25
44
PerišićIvan Perišić
23
MiguelMiguel

Substitutes

13
De VliegerGeert De Vlieger (GK)
1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
10
SonckWesley Sonck
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Substitution25
16
LestienneMaxime Lestienne
Substitution79
9
ŽigićNikola Žigić
24
Van GijseghemDaan Van Gijseghem
18
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
29
De MetsGertjan De Mets
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution63
Yellow Card90+4
41
Van AckerThibaut Van Acker
30
MíchelMíchel
77
DahmaneMohamed Dahmane
44
JoelJoel

Coach

Adrie Koster (NED) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA), Johann Perruaux (FRA)

Fourth official

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Said Ennjimi (FRA), Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

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