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Hernández proves Valencia hero

Published: Thursday 25 February 2010, 23.50CET
Valencia CF 3-0 Club Brugge KV (aet, agg: 3-1)
Two extra-time strikes from Pablo Hernández earned Unai Emery's side a meeting with Werder Bremen after Juan Mata levelled the tie early on.
by Graham Hunter
from Mestalla

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Match statistics

ValenciaClub Brugge

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target24
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners13
 
2
Offsides7
 
6
Fouls committed14
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 25 February 2010, 23.50CET

Hernández proves Valencia hero

Valencia CF 3-0 Club Brugge KV (aet, agg: 3-1)
Two extra-time strikes from Pablo Hernández earned Unai Emery's side a meeting with Werder Bremen after Juan Mata levelled the tie early on.

A stunning early goal from Juan Mata and two extra-time strikes from Pablo Hernández put Valencia CF through to meet Werder Bremen and eliminated a heroic Club Brugge KV, who boasted the man of the match in goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen.

The fantastic duel between David Villa and the outstanding Belgian custodian turned in the 98th minute. Having just parried inspirationally from Hernández, Stijnen was beaten when the winger nutmegged Antolin Alcaraz and buried a shot into the corner of the net. Then, with three minutes left, Hernández received possession from Joaquín, danced round Stijnen and put the result beyond doubt.

The absence of three injured defenders forced Unai Emery to improvise with different tactical systems but, starting with three at the back, Valencia struck inside the first minute. Miguel crossed from wide left, Ryan Donk deflected and Mata thumped home. The tie was level and the goal sparked multiple Valencia chances plus wonderful defending from Carl Hoefkens, Stijnen and Vadis Odjidja. The highlights included Villa's two efforts on goal in the first half an hour and Odjidja's tremendous penalty-spot block on the Spain striker four minutes later.

Deep into extra time Valencia led the goal attempts by 24-3, but that only helped Stijnen shine. Villa was intent on defeating Brugge single-handedly if he had to, but the 28-year-old goalkeeper was impresively stubborn. Seven minutes after the break, Villa danced past three defenders and hit the target only to watch as Stijnen saved with his feet. Then came the pièce de resistance. Mata's 66th-minute shot was rendered even more difficult by a fierce deflection, however Stijnen not only blocked that but bounced up to get his body in the way of Hernández's volley from the rebound.

In the dying moments of normal time César Sánchez matched Stijnen with a diving save from Wesley Sonck's goal-bound drive, setting up the extra-time heroics from his colleagues further up the field.

Last updated: 10/12/12 3.24CET

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Lineups

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Valencia

club brugge

Club Brugge

1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK) (C)
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena (C)
4
HoefkensCarl Hoefkens
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
5
KlukowskiMichael Klukowski
Yellow Card60
7
VillaDavid Villa
Yellow Card34
10
SonckWesley Sonck
Substitution91 ET
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
Yellow Card40
Substitution46
16
LestienneMaxime Lestienne
Substitution81
9
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Substitution57
18
DonkRyan Donk
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Goal1
Substitution118 ET
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
30
AlcarazAntolin Alcaraz
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Goal96 ET
Goal117 ET
32
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja
Yellow Card90+2
Substitution102 ET
23
MiguelMiguel
40
KouemahaDorge Kouemaha
Yellow Card7
24
BanegaÉver Banega
44
PerišićIvan Perišić

Substitutes

13
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
13
De VliegerGeert De Vlieger (GK)
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Substitution118 ET
15
AkpalaJoseph Akpala
Substitution91 ET
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution57
19
ChávezDaniel Chávez
Substitution102 ET
18
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
24
Van GijseghemDaan Van Gijseghem
20
AlexisAlexis
Substitution46
29
De MetsGertjan De Mets
30
MíchelMíchel
33
Van der HeydenPeter Van der Heyden
43
LilloLillo
77
DahmaneMohamed Dahmane
Substitution81

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Adrie Koster (NED)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Anders Nørrestrand (DEN)

Fourth official

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Peter Rasmussen (DEN), Anders Hermansen (DEN)

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