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Mehmet strike gives Valencia win at Stoke

Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 22.55CET
Stoke City FC 0-1 Valencia CF
Mehmet Topal's spectacular first-half strike ended Stoke's unbeaten home record in Europe and put the Spanish side in control of this round of 32 tie.
by Simon Hart
from Stoke Stadium

Match statistics

StokeValencia

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
7
Corners8
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
11
Yellow cards5
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 22.55CET

Mehmet strike gives Valencia win at Stoke

Stoke City FC 0-1 Valencia CF
Mehmet Topal's spectacular first-half strike ended Stoke's unbeaten home record in Europe and put the Spanish side in control of this round of 32 tie.

Valencia CF justified their pre-match billing as favourites by becoming the first foreign visitors to win at Stoke City FC.

Mehmet Topal's brilliant first-half strike put Valencia in control of this round of 32 tie, ending Stoke's proud unbeaten home record in Europe in the process. The home side went down fighting, but it was the Liga outfit who were closest to a second goal when, with 19 minutes left, Sofiane Feghouli stepped inside Andy Wilkinson and beat Asmir Begović, but not the post, with a deflected shot.

Valencia had suffered UEFA Champions League elimination with defeat at Chelsea FC in December but this was a more satisfying visit to England for a side who had only won here once in 15 previous attempts. Unai Emery's men owed their victory to a moment of inspiration by Turkish international Mehmet, who justified his recall by spearing an unstoppable shot into the top-right corner of Begović's goal after 36 minutes.

It was a goal that followed the run of play, Jonas having already brought a flying save from Begović after his quick feet had created space for a shot inside the box on the left. Valencia were weaving some pretty patterns but with the final pass elusive, Mehmet decided on a less complicated route and it paid off handsomely.

Home manager Tony Pulis had noted beforehand the gulf in European experience between the teams – while this was Stoke's 15th European fixture overall, Valencia were playing their 100th game in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League alone. Yet Stoke still had their moments. Indeed, they almost had the boost of an early goal from Jonathan Walters, who was a whisker away from connecting with Rory Delap's long throw into the box.

Shortly after Mehmet's goal, Peter Crouch was not far off target with a spectacular scissor-kick from one of several enticing Jermaine Pennant crosses. Valencia survived that scare and resisted Stoke's second-half pressure to seal a lead to take back to Spain ahead of next Thursday's second leg.

Last updated: 25/09/14 6.34CET

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Lineups

stoke

Stoke

valencia

Valencia

1
BegovićAsmir Begović (GK)
13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK) (C)
4
HuthRobert Huth
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
Substitution81
12
WilsonMarc Wilson
Substitution69
4
RamiAdil Rami
Yellow Card73
16
PennantJermaine Pennant
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
Goal36
17
ShawcrossRyan Shawcross (C)
Yellow Card54
7
JonasJonas
19
WaltersJon Walters
Yellow Card84
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
24
DelapRory Delap
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution79
25
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution69
14
PiattiPablo Piatti
Substitution88
26
EtheringtonMatthew Etherington
Yellow Card83
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
28
WilkinsonAndy Wilkinson
Yellow Card90+3
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
40
W. PalaciosWilson Palacios
Substitution53
24
CostaTino Costa
Yellow Card85

Substitutes

29
SørensenThomas Sørensen (GK)
1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
9
JonesKenwyne Jones
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution79
10
FullerRicardo Fuller
10
BanegaÉver Banega
18
WhiteheadDean Whitehead
Substitution53
Yellow Card85
18
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
30
ShottonRyan Shotton
Substitution69
23
MiguelMiguel
Substitution81
33
JeromeCameron Jerome
Substitution69
28
BernatJuan Bernat
Substitution88

Coach

Tony Pulis (WAL) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Niels Hoeg (DEN)

Fourth official

Michael Tykgaard (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Lars Christoffersen (DEN)

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