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Struggling PSV revive hopes with late fightback

Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 22.58CET
Valencia CF 4-2 PSV Eindhoven
The visitors' woes were continuing at Mestalla before two goals in the final seven minutes resurrected their UEFA Europa League ambitions.

Match statistics

ValenciaPSV

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners6
 
6
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 22.58CET

Struggling PSV revive hopes with late fightback

Valencia CF 4-2 PSV Eindhoven
The visitors' woes were continuing at Mestalla before two goals in the final seven minutes resurrected their UEFA Europa League ambitions.

PSV Eindhoven's UEFA Europa League aspirations are still alive after two goals in the final seven minutes halved a 4-0 deficit against Valencia CF.

Fred Rutten compared his team's 6-2 capitulation at home to ten-man FC Twente on Saturday to a funeral, and the dirge continued for most of the first leg of this last-16 tie. Two down inside 13 minutes courtesy of Víctor Ruiz's first strike for Valencia and a Stanislav Manolev own goal, further efforts from Roberto Soldado, a penalty, and Pablo Piatti seemingly left them dead and buried. Ola Toivonen's late spot kick and a last-gasp strike from Georginio Wijnaldum revived them.

What a contrast to the opening stages when right-back Antonio Barragán tore through the visitors, afforded as much space as he wanted to ghost forward and deliver his crosses. But for the lack of a hood and sickle he could have been the Grim Reaper himself, such was PSV's reluctance to get close to him. His 11th-minute raid and centre, deflected wide, led to the opener.

The resulting corner was played short, with Piatti fashioning a favourable angle and crossing to the far upright where Ruiz headed in. Barragán played a more obvious role in the second two minutes later, cutting inside Atiba Hutchinson and delivering a cross that speared inside the near post via a combination of Manolev and Soldado.

The visitors were lifeless, grateful for Timothy Derijck's defensive vigilance and Valencia's profligacy for keeping it 2-0. Never more so than when Piatti, all 163cm of him, met Barragán's centre unmarked; Andreas Isaksson scrambled his weak header onto a post. The goalkeeper could do little just before half-time when Soldado sent him the wrong way after Kevin Strootman had brought down Jonas.

Piatti looked to have driven the final nail in PSV's coffin 11 minutes after the restart, springing the offside trap and collecting Daniel Parejo's pass before slotting in. Indeed, Valencia will head to Eindhoven in a week confident of sealing progress even without Soldado, suspended after a booking tonight. Yet the late penalty after Jérémy Mathieu's foul on Strootman and substitute Wijnaldum's 90th-minute effort gives PSV genuine hope.

Last updated: 25/09/14 6.30CET

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Lineups

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Valencia

psv

PSV

1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
2
ManolevStanislav Manolev
Goal13
7
JonasJonas
Substitution71
4
MarceloMarcelo
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Goal43
Yellow Card59
Substitution76
6
StrootmanKevin Strootman
12
BarragánAntonio Barragán
Yellow Card58
7
ToivonenOla Toivonen (C)
Goal83
14
PiattiPablo Piatti
Goal56
9
MatavžTim Matavž
Substitution67
18
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
Goal11
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
14
MertensDries Mertens
Yellow Card49
Substitution75
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
Substitution24
18
DerijckTimothy Derijck
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
20
LabyadZakaria Labyad
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
43
WillemsJetro Willems
Substitution34

Substitutes

13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
21
TytońPrzemysław Tytoń (GK)
4
RamiAdil Rami
Substitution24
Yellow Card45
3
BoumaWilfred Bouma
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
5
PietersErik Pieters
Substitution34
Yellow Card55
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution76
8
EngelaarOrlando Engelaar
17
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
10
WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum
Substitution75
Goal90
24
CostaTino Costa
11
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution67
28
BernatJuan Bernat
Substitution71
19
Vennegoor of HesselinkJan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Fred Rutten (NED)

Referee

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Häcker (GER), Guido Kleve (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Sippel (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Tobias Welz (GER)

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