Sorensen catches the delivery... and there's the whistle! Stoke are out, Valencia march on! Let me know what you think of the match on Twitter: @liamhappe
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Valencia CF - Stoke City
Europa League - 24 February 2012
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Shotton puts an Alba ball from the left out for another corner. 8-5 Valencia in corners, showing the contrast between the two halves as far as attacking intent is concerned.
The hosts work the corner short until Parejo's deep cross from the right goes out for a goal kick.
Huth puts out an Adruiz cut-back for a corner.
Jones headers a cross from the left, but can't get enough on it. Rami is down hurt as it appears in the build up, Jerome came in and caught the prone defender, who now sports a nice gash on his knee.
Soldado is booked for a free-kick conceded just inside his own half, which is whipped into the danger zone but cleared before the second ball goes out harmlessly for a goal kick.
Jerome's cross from the right is cut out by the sliding interception of Dealbert as Stoke finally get the ball into the final third of the home side.
Bruno tees up Feghouli, who misses the target with a header by some distance.
Cleared as far as Pablo, whose shot is closed down.
Valencia win their sixth corner and now have had more than Stoke for the first time in the game. More importantly, they're using attack as a strong defence to see out this tie.
Pablo will take this one, not Parejo, and he tries to place a lobbed effort at goal... but it's inches over the bar.
The free-kick goes out for a goal kick, but soonafter Valencia have a far more dangerous opportunity as Woodgate brings down Feghouli on what must've been about as much on the edge of the box without actually being inside it as possible. On the line stuff. Free-kick, not a penalty.
Half-clearance of the corner and Shotton brings down Rami on the left wing to become the fifth Stoke player to enter the book.
Pablo shoots! Deflected behind for a corner.
What a woeful free-kick attempt that was. It was Delap's error actually, apologies. Woodgate was the intended recipient of the defensive free-kick though he should never have been.
Woodgate error! Soldado is through! Sorensen makes himself big and saves! Stoke clear!
Pennant slips on the second try, a more traditional cross attempt, and it goes out for a goal kick. Jones and Dealbert are exchanging words following a to-do during all of that, and both are given a yellow.
Pennant's shot at goal hits the top of the wall, but Fuller holds the rebound up out on the left just on the edge of the box until he draws the foul. He tries a short ball up to Delap in a more central position, but the referee pulls it back as he rules it was taken too soon.
Feghouli shoves Pennant in the back rather needlessly, and Stoke have a free-kick 20 yards out, left of centre.
Alba and Shotton go great guns fighting for the ball out on Valencia's left wing, before the right-back wins the free-kick when Alba is ruled to have used a little too much arm in the battle.
PSV made it 4-1 some time ago, which should pretty much secure their spot in the last sixteen against Valencia, unless Stoke can pull something off here.
Pennant enters the book now for over-protesting a throw-in decision.
Collins heads away the corner, then slides in well inside the box to dispossess Feghouli.
Parejo tries again... and it's a good tip over the bar from Sorensen! Corner Valencia, and they're almost catching Stoke up now (4-5).
It's very central and 20 yards out. Parejo shoots off-target but the whistle went in the run-up, as Jerome barged Topal in the back as the two jostled in the wall.
But now Pablo finds more success down the centre as he's tripped as he enters the 'D' by Huth. That will see the German booked, as well.
Pablo's cross again comes to nothing as it goes out for a defensive throw.
Arismendi is replaced by Ryan Shotton while Jermaine Pennant comes on for Palacios as Stoke make a double switch of their own.
Woodgate stoops to head clear an Alba cross from the left before Parejo fires straight into the arms of Sorensen.
It's Jonas who makes way for Soldado, however, as Adruiz appears to be ok to continue despite what is now a number of bumps and tumbles. Piatti also comes off, and on for him is Sofiane Feghouli.
Stoke contain the pressure from the set piece and eventually win the ball back. Jones is unable to get beyond Rami, however. Valencia now have two changes getting ready, one of them appears to be Roberto Soldado - proving I failed to read the team list very thoroughly earlier...
Incisive ball down the middle trying to pick out the overlapping run of Bruno but it comes off Huth last and it'll be a Valencia corner.
The free-kick is hoofed upfield and caught by Sorensen.
Diao catches Adruiz with a stray arm in the middle of the park. Valencia are furious and want further action, but the referee deems it a simple case of clumsiness and lets the already-booked midfielder off.
Here it comes... cleared at first but Palacios plays it back to Delap, who feeds Fuller... shot is closed down.
Delap is ready to take another long throw from the right shortly.
Stoke are outnumbered 3-to-2 on the left wing, but come out with the ball nonetheless.
Adruiz appears to be walking very gingerly now. May not feature for much longer. With mostly defensive subs, I'd imagine Unai Emery would send Jonas forward if so, with Albelda or Feghouli (who performed well in the loss to Barcelona) plugging into the attacking midfield.
Paiacios fires wide of the far post.
Piatti and Jonas combine on the right, but Diao goes full-stretch to keep out the eventual ball into the box.
PSV are 3-1 up on the night against Trabzonspor, who are down to ten men now, and the aggregate is 5-2 to the Dutch side.
Jerome's speedy run inside from the left takes three white shirts to end, but they do so.
Topal appears to have hurt his thumb landing on it going down onto the grass. Ouch!
Pablo's cross goes behind and leads to a Stoke goal kick.
Delap's first long throw of the second period is cleared by the home side.
Stoke kick off the second half.
Woodgate does well to cut out a low centre from Bruno. And there's the whistle. Stoke will feel let down by Jonas' opener, but their objective remains: score two to advance. And on their first half performance, it's not impossible. Follow me on Twitter: @liamhappe
Two minutes of added time to be played at the end of the half. Sorensen dives to catch a Piatti cross from the left.
Stoke clear their lines from the corner but Valencia retain possession and come back at the visitors.
Adruiz wins a corner out on the right off marker Huth.
Sorensen goes from goal to goal with a long clearance which opposite number Guaita sees out for a goal kick.
It takes both Collins and Huth to dispossess Piatti just before Jonas fouls a back-tracking Jones to end the attack for good.
Shots at goal so far: Valencia 5 (1 on target), Stoke 3 (2 on target).
Handball by Jerome now, free-kick to Valencia inside their own half once more.
Bruno keeps a long ball in on the right-hand Stoke byline and pulls it back for Adruiz! Horrible first-time shot goes well wide.
Clumsy challenge by Jerome on Alba as the forward desperately tries to keep an attack alive.
Taken short, Alba with the eventual cross but Jones is there at the near post to clear. PSV are now two goals up on the night against Trabzonspor.
No, it goes short to Piatti who is promptly mowed down by Palacios. No booking, though. Collins puts the Parejo delivery behind for the hosts' first corner.
Valencia win an attacking throw on the left wing. Will they do a Stoke and hurl it long into the danger zone?
Sorensen almost lets slip of a cross from the right through his own legs, but he recovers before Piatti can punish the error!
On the plus side, going 2-0 down on aggregate hasn't changed Stoke's mission too much. They needed two goals coming into this and two goals would still suffice now.
Diao catches Parejo extremely late inside the centre circle, and that will earn the first yellow card of the second leg.
Again, Valencia get to this one first but the away side keep possession inside their own half.
Fuller comes down the right but settles for a corner off Alba. This is their fourth to Valencia's zero.
Valencia counter from the corner but Topal, who scored from distance in the first leg, cannot find the target from outside the box this time around.
JONES! Tipped over by Guaita! Did well to latch onto Jerome's squared head-on.
Stoke have every right to feel hard done by, though - that was a clear foul on Arismendi. Both defenders coming into him got nothing of the ball whatsoever.
And that's going to be a bigger talking point now that the hosts are ahead! Straight up the other end of the pitch where Hernandez skins Collins and crosses low from the right to the far post where Jonas opens the scoring!
Arismendi embarks on a great run and almost enters the box, but appears to be barged over by a pair of Valencia defenders. No, the referee tells him to get up!
Adruiz heads wide. Goal kick to Stoke.
Adil Rami was the man who got that one away.
It takes two attempts but Valencia eventually get the corner clear.
Palacios threads Jones through! Fingertips from the keeper put it wide! Corner coming up.
PSV have gone a goal up against Trabzonspor and with a 3-1 aggregate lead look odds-on now to meet the winners tonight in the next round.
Piatti is caught offside. Sorensen takes the free-kick.
Nice run down the middle from Palacious, but he's snuffed out eventually by two white shirts.
Delap fakes another long throw from the right, instead playing it lower to the feet of Fuller who's just inside the area. It goes back short to Delap and his cross meets the head of Jones! Unable to really direct it at goal which allows Guaita to claim.
Jonas' scuffed cross is collected by Sorensen.
Fuller wants another corner out on the left, but this one is given as a goal kick.
Piatti's weaving run is cut out by a slide challenge from Arismendi which sends the ball all the way back to Sorensen.
Bruno fouls Fuller and the visitors take a free-kick from just inside their own half.
We're back underway now with Valencia in possession entering the Stoke half.
Huth is hurt after that collision and receives treatment. Play is halted as a result.
Now Delap sends in a throw from the opposite flank out on the left, but Huth fouls the keeper while going for it.
Fuller wins Stoke the game's first corner. Palacios' delivery is headed away by Dealbert.
Jonas dribbles into the box, but loses control of the ball under heavy pressure and it goes back safely to Sorensen.
Delap takes his first long throw of the game, but it's seen and caught by Guaita.
Sorensen was well and truly beat there, a great curling effort which just failed to dip at the right moment.
Diao fouls Jonas on the edge of the Stoke 'D' to give the visitors something to defend early on here... and Parejo hits the bar from the set piece!
The home side get the first half underway.
Captains Hernandez and Huth conduct the coin toss. Stoke are in their all-blue away kit this evening, and we're moments away from starting here at the Mestalla.
The winners of this tie will take on the victors between Trabzonspor and PSV in the round of 16 on 8 and 15 March, playing the first leg at home. Stoke have met neither of their potential opponents in UEFA competition. Valencia have never come across Trabzonspor, but were paired with PSV in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League first group stage; the teams drew 1-1 in Eindhoven, Valencia winning their home match 1-0.
Stoke have lost five of their last seven games in all competitions: the other two were wins against lower league opponents in the FA Cup. Valencia have won seven of their last nine at home in all competitions.
The match official will be Markus Strombergsson of Sweden.
The Potters failed to manage a single shot on target in their first-leg meeting with Valencia.
Excluding qualifiers, Valencia have lost only one of their last 17 European matches at home (W8 D9 L1). However, Los Che are without a win in their last four matches at home to English opponents, losing three.
Left a few behind is saying something. Stoke only naming four subs of a possible seven for today's game. Intriguing.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "We've left a few behind but the team I'll pick tomorrow is what I think is a very strong team. Every player that will start tomorrow will be a full international, there are three captains of their countries and we'll be giving it a go. We think Valencia are the best team we've played in Europe so far, no disrespect to (Dynamo) Kiev or Besiktas but we believe they're a level above them."
Valencia boss Unai Emery: "They are a difficult opponent, strong in every aspect and a team who we will have to peg back in order to impose our personality on the match. They were aggressive in the first leg and played with a high intensity that I don't think we matched in terms of hard challenges."
You can keep up to speed with all of the other 18:00 kick-offs, such as PSV v Trabzonspor, with the winner there taking on the victors at the Mestallia in the last 16, on our Europa League multiplex:
TEAMS - Valencia: Guaita, Bruno, Rami, Dealbert, Jordi Alba, Parejo, Topal, Pablo, Jonas, Piatti, Aduriz. Subs: Diego Alves, Albelda, Feghouli, Barragan, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu. /// Stoke: Sorensen, Diao, Huth, Woodgate, Collins, Arismendi, Delap, Palacios, Jerome, Jones, Fuller. Subs: Begovic, Pennant, Shotton, Dawson.
It was a great strike from Mehmet Topal which put the Spaniards into the driver's seat of this tie, leaving Tony Pulis' men with it all to do away from home today if they're to keep their European adventure alive.
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- 13V. Guaita
- 2Bruno Saltor
- 4A. Rami
- 15Á. Dealbert
- 17J. Alba
- 21D. Parejo
- 5M. Topal
- 7Jonas(63': R. Soldado)
- 14P. Piatti(63': S. Feghouli)
- 11A. Aduriz