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2-3
 

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Saibene 'proud' despite bitter defeat

Published: Friday 8 November 2013, 0.30CET
FC St Gallen coach Jeff Saibene declared himself "proud" of his team, despite watching them concede a late goal in a "bitter" defeat by Valencia CF, who are through.
Saibene 'proud' despite bitter defeat
Valencia celebrate Pablo Piatti's equalising goal ©AFP/Getty Images
 

Match statistics

St Gallen
Valencia

2

Goals scored

3

27

Possession (%)

73

9

Total attempts

21

5

on target

7

4

off target

10

0

blocked

4

0

against woodwork

3

2

Corners

2

1

Offsides

1

0

Yellow cards

5

1

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

15

10

Fouls suffered

9

220

Passes

661

143

completed

576

Lineups

st gallen

St Gallen

valencia

Valencia

1Lopar (GK)13Guaita (GK)
6Montandon (C)
Red Card56
5Víctor Ruiz
8Nater6Oriol Romeu
Yellow Card85
11Karanovic
Goal66
Substitution78
7Jonas
Penalty57
Substitution69
15Besle
Goal37
9Hélder Postiga
Yellow Card42
16Vitkieviez
Substitution72
14Bernat
19Mutsch19Barragán
21Martić20Ricardo Costa (C)
Yellow Card18
27Mathys23Canales
Goal86
28Lenjani24Míchel
Substitution63
34Rodriguez
Substitution59
28Cartabia
Substitution25

Substitutes

18Herzog (GK)26Jaume (GK)
5Stocklasa
Substitution59
2Piatti
Substitution25
Goal30
Yellow Card68
Goal76
7Nushi11Pabón
9Keita
Substitution78
15Fuego
10Wüthrich
Substitution72
16Paco Alcácer
Substitution69
Yellow Card90+3
31Janjatovic21Parejo
Substitution63
32Demiri22Mathieu

Coaches

Jeff Saibene (LUX) Miroslav Djukić (SRB)

Referee

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Press kits

Last updated: 07/11/2013 21:11 CET

Standings

Last updated: 08/11/2013 08:36 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
  
Published: Friday 8 November 2013, 0.30CET

Saibene 'proud' despite bitter defeat

FC St Gallen coach Jeff Saibene declared himself "proud" of his team, despite watching them concede a late goal in a "bitter" defeat by Valencia CF, who are through.

A "proud" FC St Gallen coach Jeff Saibene could see past the disappointment after his charges conceded a late goal against Valencia CF, who booked their place in the knockout stage with a 3-2 victory.

The hosts had fought back from a goal down to lead 2-1, despite having Phillippe Montandon sent off, but Pablo Piatti completed his double to level matters before Sergio Canales broke Swiss hearts four minutes from time. The defeat was a painful one to accept, but the St Gallen coach found the positives in his team's spirited display.

"The defeat is bitter, but I am also proud of the performance of my team," he said. "We have put up a great fight and even had chances to score against a Spanish giant right until the final whistle."

St Gallen were dismantled 5-1 in Valencia when the sides met two weeks ago, and Saibene appreciated that the home match "was a very different game" - sentiments echoed by striker Goran Karanovic, who put ten-man St Gallen ahead. "The improvement over the last game was enormous," admitted Karanovic. "It's bitter to lose like this. We were so close, we were fighting fantastically well and put on a great show for our outstanding audience."

Added Saibene: "Unfortunately it was not quite enough, but because we played against a very strong team technically who keep the ball well, my disappointment is limited."

Rather than depression, coming agonisingly close to a famous result in Switzerland has merely served to further stoke the motivation of the players. As Karanovic promised: "There are still two games remaining and at home against Swansea we will try very hard to entertain our fans again."

Last updated: 03/12/13 17.48CET

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