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Valencia's Jonas polishes off Stoke

Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 21.05CET
Valencia CF 1-0 Stoke City FC (agg: 2-0)
Jonas put the finishing touch to a fleet-footed counterattack to set his side up for a round of 16 encounter with PSV Eindhoven.
by Graham Hunter
from Mestalla

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Match statistics

ValenciaStoke

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners8
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 21.05CET

Valencia's Jonas polishes off Stoke

Valencia CF 1-0 Stoke City FC (agg: 2-0)
Jonas put the finishing touch to a fleet-footed counterattack to set his side up for a round of 16 encounter with PSV Eindhoven.

Valencia CF will pursue their UEFA Europa League dream with a round of 16 game against PSV Eindhoven after a 1-0 win eliminated Stoke City FC 2-0 on aggregate.

Jonas's fourth goal in UEFA competition this season in the 24th minute was sufficient for the 2004 UEFA Cup winners and while Stoke's first post-Christmas European football in their long history ended at the first hurdle, they depart with heads held high.

The Brazilian's goal was a crystal-clear demonstration that, at the top level, concentration is almost as vital as talent. Right on the edge of the Valencia area, Diego Arismendi collided with both Ángel Dealbert and Adil Rami, and with Stoke seemingly waiting for a foul to be awarded, Pablo Hernández scampered down the right wing, and the Spaniard's perfect cutback found Jonas alone at the back post to sweep in; top class.

Tony Pulis's gamble to change eight of last week's starting lineup, abandon wingers and play with two up front had plenty of merit, though. Valencia's Daniel Parejo lit the spark with a second-minute free-kick which thumped off the bar but Kenwyne Jones consistently threatened the home goal.

Wilson Palacios cut Valencia's defence apart with a visionary pass in the 19th minute, Jones surged through and while his shot was not struck with finesse, it was heading for the bottom corner until Vicente Guaita made a superb save.

Within three minutes came that Jonas goal, effectively putting the tie beyond Stoke, but imposing striker Jones struck a vicious volley from Cameron Jerome's knockdown and Guaita excelled again.

Parejo topped off his stylish night drawing a wonderful save from Thomas Sørensen in the 69th minute, then producing the pass of the evening nine minutes later, Sørensen again blocking, from Roberto Soldado this time. However, like the first leg, one moment of class had proved sufficient.

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

stoke

Stoke

13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
29
SørensenThomas Sørensen (GK)
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
4
HuthRobert Huth (C)
Yellow Card68
4
RamiAdil Rami
5
CollinsDanny Collins
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
9
JonesKenwyne Jones
Yellow Card77
7
JonasJonas
Goal24
Substitution63
10
FullerRicardo Fuller
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
15
DiaoSalif Diao
Yellow Card30
14
PiattiPablo Piatti
Substitution63
24
DelapRory Delap
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
Yellow Card77
32
ArismendiDiego Arismendi
Substitution65
17
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
33
JeromeCameron Jerome
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández (C)
39
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
40
W. PalaciosWilson Palacios
Substitution65

Substitutes

1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
1
BegovićAsmir Begović (GK)
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
16
PennantJermaine Pennant
Substitution65
Yellow Card73
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution63
30
ShottonRyan Shotton
Substitution65
Yellow Card81
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution63
Yellow Card89
44
DawsonLucas Dawson
12
BarragánAntonio Barragán
18
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Tony Pulis (WAL)

Referee

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Mathias Klasenius (SWE)

Fourth official

Johan Hamlin (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Martin Hansson (SWE), Tobias Mattsson (SWE)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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