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Stylish Valencia prove too good for AZ

Published: Thursday 5 April 2012, 23.05CET
Valencia CF 4-0 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 5-2)
Trailing at the start of the night, Valencia produced a display full of verve and skill to book a semi-final against Club Atlético de Madrid.
by Graham Hunter
from Mestalla

Match statistics

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Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
0
Corners6
 
6
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 5 April 2012, 23.05CET

Stylish Valencia prove too good for AZ

Valencia CF 4-0 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 5-2)
Trailing at the start of the night, Valencia produced a display full of verve and skill to book a semi-final against Club Atlético de Madrid.

Valencia CF cruised into an all-Spanish semi-final against Club Atlético de Madrid after producing a wonderful display to defeat AZ Alkmaar 4-0 on the night, 5-2 on aggregate.

Beaten 2-1 in the Netherlands last week, Valencia's fine performance this time around was epitomised by the vibrant Jordi Alba, who scored one and assisted Pablo Hernández for another after two first-half strikes from Adil Rami.

The game was a masterclass from Valencia coach Unai Emery, who moved Alba from full-back to a position which varied between left wing and inside left. From start to finish he found space, overlapped at will and often cut into positions around striker Roberto Soldado. At times Soldado even dropped deep so Alba could operate as a false No9, in the style of Lionel Messi.

Valencia had already given notice that they would exploit slack marking when Tino Costa volleyed wide following an early corner. Soldado then forced a good save from Esteban but by the 15th minute the home side were in front. Sofiane Feghouli had time and space to cross from the right and Rami was more determined to meet it than Esteban to clear it.

The lead doubled within two minutes as, once more, Tino Costa found splendid isolation and crossed left-footed from right midfield. Soldado flicked on with his head and Rami prodded in at the far post.

Adam Maher showed with his 24th-minute shot, pawed away by Diego Alves, that AZ were not done, but the visitors simply could not deal with Alba. His cross before the break was superbly placed for Jonas but the Brazilian headed narrowly wide. Visiting right-back Dirk Marcellis suffered more than most at Alba's hands but twice he saved his team, blocking efforts from Soldado and Alba before the crucial third arrived.

When it did, the scorer seemed inevitable. Soldado ran wide right, centred with pace and direction and yet another Alba sprint allowed him to bundle the ball in. The night was capped when the star of the show somehow reached a pass from Soldado and crossed for Hernández to finish.

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Lineups

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Valencia

az

AZ

1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
34
EstebanEsteban (GK)
4
RamiAdil Rami
Goal15
Goal17
3
MarcellisDirk Marcellis
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
4
ViergeverNick Viergever
7
JonasJonas
Substitution68
8
MaherAdam Maher
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution76
11
MartensMaarten Martens
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado (C)
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
12
BarragánAntonio Barragán
Yellow Card74
17
AltidoreJozy Altidore
Substitution69
17
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Goal56
20
ElmRasmus Elm
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
Substitution79
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
25
N. MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
24
CostaTino Costa
Yellow Card4
Substitution84
27
HolmanBrett Holman
Substitution46

Substitutes

13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
21
HeijblokErik Heijblok (GK)
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Substitution84
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Substitution46
14
PiattiPablo Piatti
10
FalkenburgErik Falkenburg
Substitution79
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
14
KlavanRagnar Klavan
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution76
Goal80
28
LamThomas Lam
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution68
35
BenschopCharlison Benschop
Substitution69

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Gertjan Verbeek (NED)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Martin Wilczek (CZE), Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Radek Příhoda (CZE)

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