A valuable win is wrapped up by Valencia, who deserved the victory against a BATE Borisov team who appear to have run out of steam in this group.
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- 1st Half
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Valencia CF - BATE Borisov
Champions League - 8 November 2012
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We are to have four minutes of added time and Valencia are running down the clock by keeping possession in defence.
BATE gave Valencia a scare there, but the Spaniards appear to have got away with it as the clocks ticks down.
The last change of the night as Artem Kontsevoi comes on for Bressan.
David Albelda enters the fray for the departing Guardado for Valencia.
Ever Banega made that goal with a great looping cross to pick out Feghouli in the box.
GOAL!!! The danger is over for Valencia who react quickly and restore their two goal cushion with a sweet finish from Feghouli.
Valdez almost strikes back straight away for Valencia but his shot goes just wide of the right post.
GOAL!!! It's 3-2 as the visitors and the game is still not done as Gago is caught napping by Rodionov, who squaresMozolevski to tap in.
There is no pressure from BATE at the moment and Valencia look to be crusing to three points.
Sivakov really is a lucky man, he has fouled Cissokho now but still there is no second yellow.
Sivakov is already on a yellow but is persistently fouling opponents, this time Ever Banega.
A second change for Valencia with Nelson Valdez coming on for goalscorer and captain Soldado.
BATE do not have long to turn this around as time is ticking down. Dmitri Mozolevski comes on for the tired Hleb.
The away side look desperate here and are showing their frustration. Filipenko is penalised for a foul on Feghouli.
Guardado is penalised with a cheap free kick for an obvious foul on Sivakov.
Elsewhere in this group Bayern Munich are hammering poor Lille 6-1 in Germany.
Eventually Guaita is ok and sub 'keeper Diego Alves stays on the bench.
Now Guaita lies on the ground injured, holding his wrist after making a punched clearance.
Rodionov almost scores from a tight angle as Volodko unlocks the home defence, but Guaita makes the save.
Bressan almost finds a way through but is just offside as he raids towards the Valencia goal.
Jonas has had a decent game, but his night ends early as he makes way for Ever Banega.
Valencia skipper Soldado tries to find space for Jonas to play him in but is adjudged to be offside.
Neither team can retain possession for long as both sides are pressing and forcing each other into mistakes.
The few Valencia fans who have bothered to turn up tonight are having a good sing along. They know this will be an important result if they can hang on to the lead.
Radkov goes into the book for no real reason as he attempts to block Guaita when the goalkeeper tries to kick the ball forward.
Bressan then takes another set piece from the left and it runs through to the Valencia goalkeeper Guaita.
Bressan takes a corner on the BATE right and his deep long cross eludes all of his teammates, allowing Valencia to clear.
BATE Borisov were losing their heads there despite the goal giving them a glimmer of hope. Now the referee seems to have calmed things down.
Sivakov makes an early impression but it's not a positive one as he lunges at Ricardo Costa and goes straight into the book.
Rodionov goes into the book for a dangerous late tackle on Gago in midfield.
A first substitution of the evening as Mikhail Sivakov comes on for Dmitri Likhtarovich.
Bordachev's near post run distracted the Valencia defence there and Bressan's shot crept straight in.
GOAL!!! A goal for the visitors as Bressan's cross from a free kick goes straight in at the near post. João Pereira gave away the free kick with a foul on Rodionov.
Gago did brilliantly there, winning the ball in midfield and supplying his Algerian teammate for the goal.
GOAL!!! A goal for Feghouli who strides into the box to collect a Gago pass and slips the ball past Gorbunov with a simple low shot for 3-0.
Filipenko is penalised for a foul on Feghouli, then from the free kick Costa just misses the target with a cross shot.
Soldado is in a funny mood tonight. He was fouled by Radkov there and got up to give his marker a proper talking to.
A slow start to the second period with Valencia happy to let their visitors play the ball around the park.
No changes for either side as the second half commences.
Bressan takes a late first half corner for BATE Borisov, only for Valencia to clear their lines and push out. The half time whistle goes and the players take a break from the rain. Valencia will be very happy with that.
Guardado keeps a João Pereira cross in play and finds Soldado but his backheel only runs to a defender and BATE clear their lines.
A good effort by Feghouli who almost scores a spectacular goal, flicking the ball over Bordachev, then missing the far corner with a side-footed shot.
Valencia beat Club Atlético de Madrid 2-0 on Saturday, ending the visitors' 13-match winning run in all competitions. The capital outfit had been unbeaten in 23 games stretching back to April.
Hleb is battling for scraps around the Valencia box, after Rodionov gives it away cheaply. Costa then gets fouled by Dmitri Baga and demands a yellow card but the referee says no.
Valencia look completely in control with five minutes of the half remaining.
Bressan should do better from the edge of the box as he fires well wide with his right foot. That was a good chance to test Guaita after Hleb played Bressan in.
Hleb has made 85 appearances in UEFA club competition, a Belarusian record. BATE captain Dmitri Likhtarovich is one behind.
Valencia are sitting back for a spell and defending their lead, BATE desperate to strike back quickly.
Bressan fires in the free kick shot from ten yards outside the box but it is straight at Vicente Guaita.
BATE have a chance to strike back as Renan Bressan lines up a free kick in a good central position, after Gago is yellow carded for a foul on Aleksandr Volodko.
Valencia arguably should not even have one goal so far, Jonas clearly handled when scoring the opener and the second goal came from a penalty which looked dodgy, as the foul came outside the box.
Soldado has now scored 14 goals in his last 13 Champions League starts.
GOAL!!! It is 2-0 already as Valencia skipper Soldado takes the penalty right footed and slips it into the bottom left hand corner.
Immediately Valencia have a chance to make it two as Andres Guardado dives into the box when fouled by Artem Radkov and the referee says penalty.
GOAL!!! Jonas gets away with a handball in the BATE box as he controls the ball and then finishes simply to put the home team ahead.
Both sides are taking quite a physical approach. Now Costa fouls Hleb and then Bordachev crudely trips Soldado and sees yellow.
The replay shows Soldado was touched in the box, though he was already falling when he appealed for that penalty moments ago.
BATE Borisov are building patiently from the back but they lack the cutting edge going forward. Hleb needs to get on the ball more if they are to open Valencia up here.
Valencia are controlling the game through the midfield pinning the visitors back. Soldado goes down softly in the box and the referee waves play on.
BATE Borisov have won just one of their seven Champions League away games but that came on Match Day One this season with a 3-1 win over Lille.
Fernando Gago, Sofiane Feghouli, Costa and Pereira build a nice move forward the hosts down the right before BATE eventually get a foot in.
Rodionov is Belarus' top scorer in UEFA club competition with 17 goals.
A BATE attack breaks down as Vitali Rodionov loses the ball on the right.
Valencia have won eight and lost just one of their last 11 home matches in European competition, that defeat coming against fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
Valencia captain Soldado has just lashed out at Bordachev and should have been red carded. The officials did not see that but the cameras did and it could well lead to a ban if UEFA pick up on it, it was a blatant punch by the striker.
BATE are passing well when they get the ball, though they are sitting deep and are yet to mount a meaningful attack.
BATE won a sixth straight Belarusian title in 2011 to earn themselves a chance of claiming a UEFA Champions League group stage place for a third time.
Maksim Bordachev is floored by Pereira and the away side have a free kick.
The rain is pouring down, though that is not to put off Valencia boss Pellegrino who is out on the touchline barking instructions.
Valencia are unbeaten in seven home games (W5 D2) in this competition since a 1-0 loss against Manchester United FC on 29 September 2010.
The corner comes to nothing as the referee awards a free kick to the visitors for foul in the box.
Good control and a shot on target by Jonas in the box, the ball deflected out for a corner by Yegor Filipenko.
João Pereira plays in Jonas who is not offside but Soldado is and the linesman incorrectly flags.
Roberto Soldado chases a long ball into the box before his first touch drops to BATE goalkeeper Andrei Gorbunov.
It is amazing how empty the ground is, the Mestalla is rarely this sparsely populated for a first team game. Recession and rain must be the factors, it looks about 25% full!
Former Arsenal and Barcelona player Hleb pushes forward on the left but BATE Borisov soon lose the ball.
Valencia put together a string of passes getting a feel for the ball and the wet surface.
An early spell of possession for the visitors before Tino Costa intervenes in midfield.
Valencia kick off in the rain in their traditional white kit, with BATE Borisov in yellow. The stadium is less than half full.
There is some light rain at the Mestalla and we know Spanish fans don't like these wet conditions. The stadium looks virtually empty five minutes before kick-off as the Valencia supporters wait until the last moment to take their seats.
BATE have lost all seven fixtures with Spanish opponents in this competition and not scored in the last six, conceding 17 goals in that time.
Valencia, who finished third in last season's Liga, were unbeaten at home in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League.
The game in Minsk was the first time the sides had met on a competitive stage and the first time Valencia had faced a team from Belarus.
Match odds: Valencia 1/4 Draw 9/2 BATE Borisov 12/1
A Roberto Soldado hat-trick gave Valencia that 3-0 win in Minsk, meaning the Spaniards joined BATE and Bayern München on six points. Lille are bottom of the group with no points.
BATE Borisov made a good start to their campaign in this competition but must now bounce back after Valencia gave them a 3-0 thrashing on the last matchday.
Mauricio Pellegrino (Valencia): "We have a very important game because the group is wide open. If we win, it would be a big step towards getting through the group stage. However, if we lose it will be difficult, and if we draw we would have a similar situation again in the following matches. A win would be a very important step. Our opponents have put in some great away performances and we will certainly have to work hard for the victory. Every week you have to work to improve."
Teams: VALENCIA: Guaita, Cissokho, Rami, João Pereira, Ricardo Costa, Gago, Feghouli, Guardado, Costa, Jonas, Soldado… subs: Diego Alves, Barragan, Victor Ruiz, Albelda, Ever Banega, Viera, Valdez. /// BATE BORISOV: Gorbunov, Radkov, Bordachev, Filipenko, Polyakov, Likhtarovich, Volodko, Renan Bressan, Hleb, Baga, Rodionov… subs: Gutor, Yurevich, Simić, Kontsevoi, Kurlovich, Sivakov, Mozolevski.
The other game in this group tonight is Bayern Munich vs Lille at the Allianz Arena in Germany, which we are also covering live.
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- R. Soldado(79': N. Valdez)