Valencia v Stoke
- FT 90 +4
- HT 1-0
- (agg 2 - 0)
Battling Stoke City crashed out of the Europa League in the round of 32 following a narrow defeat by Valencia.
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, the Potters, who fielded a weakened team, were not disgraced in going down to another single-goal loss.
Jonas scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half, calmly converting Pablo Hernandez's cross.
But Stoke had chances of their own, with Kenwyne Jones twice being denied by Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
Did you know?
Kenwyne Jones, who missed two fantastic chances for Stoke at the Mestalla, has not scored since the beginning of December
After leaving nine first-team players at home, the finger of frustration will be pointed squarely in the direction of manager Tony Pulis by the 4,000 Stoke supporters who made their way to the Mestalla.
Whether players like Peter Crouch, Jon Walters and Matthew Etherington would have had the necessary nous to humble a team third only to Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain's La Liga is debateable.
They certainly would not have offered more industry than their understudies, who performed admirably against a team almost as comfortable in possession as any of their more illustrious Spanish rivals.
What they might have brought to the Mestalla, however, is a more ruthless cutting edge.
While Jones, Ricardo Fuller and Cameron Jerome gave the Valencia defenders an uncomfortable night physically, none of them could apply a finishing touch.
After all, Stoke had two glorious chances to haul themselves into the tie before Jonas scored in the 24th minute.
Following the initial shock of seeing Daniel Parejo rattle their woodwork with a curling free-kick inside 60 seconds, the old adage that change is as good as a rest seemed to ring true for the visitors.
They carved open their hosts with two delightful moves that could and should have hauled them back into the tie.
Did you know?
Valencia have reached the last 16 of a European competition for the third successive season
First Rory Delap sent in a teasing cross which an unmarked Jones could only flick at Guaita, before the same player was sent scampering clear by Wilson Palacios - only to scuff his shot straight at the keeper.
Such profligacy proved costly when Hernandez showed a neat turn of pace to breeze past Danny Collins and pull the ball back for the unmarked Jonas to tap into an empty net from six yards out.
Stoke's Diego Arismendi was fouled in the build-up to the goal, but the catalogue of defensive errors that ensued as Valencia swept up the other end to score was more concerning than any mistake by the officials.
A lack of craft in midfield meant the pace and muscle of City's front three was the only way they could force their way back into the tie.
They showed fleeting glimpses of working an opening when Palacios poked wide, while Jermaine Pennant offered a new outlet on the flanks once he was summoned from the bench, but it was Valencia who looked more threatening as the game opened up.
The best of those chances came when Jonathan Woodgate hit a free-kick into empty space in the middle of the pitch and watched in horror as it was picked up by a Valencia midfielder, who put Roberto Soldado in on goal.
Thankfully for the former England defender, Thomas Sorensen blocked the striker's shot with his legs.
With matches against Chelsea, Liverpool in the FA Cup sixth round, and Manchester City on the horizon next month, Pulis may have had one eye on domestic competition when making the raft of changes as his side came up short in continental combat.
Only time will tell whether his decision is vindicated.
- 13 Guaita
- 02 Bruno
- 04 Rami
- 15 Angel Dealbert Booked
- 17 Alba
- 05 Topal
- 19 Pablo
- 21 Parejo
- 07 Oliveira (Soldado - 64' Booked )
- 11 Aduriz
- 14 Piatti (Feghouli - 62' )
- 01 Diego Alves
- 12 Barragan
- 18 Ruiz
- 22 Mathieu
- 06 Albelda
- 08 Feghouli
- 09 Soldado
- 29 Sorensen
- 04 Huth Booked
- 05 Collins
- 39 Woodgate
- 15 Diao Booked
- 24 Delap
- 32 Arismendi (Shotton - 65' Booked )
- 40 Palacios (Pennant - 65' Booked )
- 09 Jones Booked
- 10 Fuller
- 33 Jerome
- 01 Begovic
- 30 Shotton
- 16 Pennant
- 44 Dawson
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +2:44
Short corner taken by Dani Parejo, save by Thomas Sorensen.90:00 +2:37
Ramos Jordi Alba produces a cross, blocked by Ryan Shotton.90:00 +1:35
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Dani Parejo from the right by-line.90:00 +0:15
Unfair challenge on Roberto Soldado by Salif Diao results in a free kick. Angel Dealbert takes the free kick.89:31
Headed effort from inside the box by Cameron Jerome misses to the right of the target.88:22
Jermaine Pennant takes the free kick.88:22 Booking
Booking Roberto Soldado receives a caution.88:05
Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Roberto Soldado results in a free kick.87:36
Roberto Soldado produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.87:14
Cameron Jerome sends in a cross, clearance by Angel Dealbert.86:12
Saltor Bruno crosses the ball, Header by Sofiane Feghouli from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.84:43
Hernandez Pablo takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.84:26
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Dani Parejo.84:17
Shot from just outside the box by Aritz Aduriz misses to the left of the target.83:24
Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Adil Rami results in a free kick. Rory Delap restarts play with the free kick.82:10
Foul by Jonathan Woodgate on Sofiane Feghouli, free kick awarded. Hernandez Pablo produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.80:47
Dani Parejo takes the free kick.80:47 Booking
Booking Booking for Ryan Shotton.80:40
Foul by Ryan Shotton on Adil Rami, free kick awarded.
Roberto Soldado sends in a cross, save made by Thomas Sorensen.79:47
Corner from the right by-line taken by Dani Parejo, clearance by Rory Delap.79:33
Hernandez Pablo takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.78:33
Free kick awarded for a foul by Salif Diao on Dani Parejo. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Dani Parejo.78:02
Ricardo Fuller challenges Adil Rami unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vicente Guaita takes the free kick.77:34
Roberto Soldado takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.77:00 Booking
Booking Angel Dealbert booked.77:00 Booking
Booking Kenwyne Jones shown a yellow card.75:22
Dani Parejo concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Fuller. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant.74:25
Foul by Sofiane Feghouli on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Jermaine Pennant from the free kick.73:25
Foul by Ramos Jordi Alba on Ryan Shotton, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.73:06
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mehmet Topal by Ricardo Fuller. Hernandez Pablo restarts play with the free kick.72:21 Booking
Booking Jermaine Pennant goes into the referee's book.71:41
Hernandez Pablo challenges Ryan Shotton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.70:46
Foul by Cameron Jerome on Mehmet Topal, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Vicente Guaita.70:01
Corner from the right by-line taken by Dani Parejo, Danny Collins makes a clearance.67:47
Strike comes in from Dani Parejo from the free kick, save by Thomas Sorensen.67:47 Booking
Booking Robert Huth receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.67:40
Hernandez Pablo fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick.67:15
Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dani Parejo. Direct free kick taken by Mehmet Topal.65:36
Hernandez Pablo produces a cross.64:45 Substitution
Substitution Jermaine Pennant is brought on as a substitute for Wilson Palacios.64:13 Substitution
Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Ryan Shotton coming on for Diego Arismendi.63:34 Substitution
Substitution Oliveira Jonas goes off and Roberto Soldado comes on.61:56 Substitution
Substitution Sofiane Feghouli on for Pablo Piatti.61:03
Short corner worked by Dani Parejo.58:53
Foul by Salif Diao on Aritz Aduriz, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dani Parejo.57:57
Outswinging corner taken by Wilson Palacios, Diego Arismendi produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.57:44
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot from 12 yards. Pablo Piatti gets a block in.56:09
Ramos Jordi Alba sends in a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.53:59
Dani Parejo produces a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.53:25
Effort from deep inside the area by Wilson Palacios misses to the left of the target.53:10
Adil Rami gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Wilson Palacios takes the free kick.52:34
Effort on goal by Adil Rami from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.51:35
The ball is crossed by Hernandez Pablo.51:25
The ball is swung over by Saltor Bruno.50:07
Hernandez Pablo produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.49:16
Unfair challenge on Aritz Aduriz by Jonathan Woodgate results in a free kick. Hernandez Pablo restarts play with the free kick.48:29
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Fuller on Mehmet Topal. Direct free kick taken by Vicente Guaita.47:18
Hernandez Pablo delivers the ball.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:07 Half time
Half Time It is the end of the first-half.45:00 +1:51
Ricardo Fuller fouled by Saltor Bruno, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Collins takes the free kick.45:00 +0:40
Pablo Piatti sends in a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.44:11
Corner taken right-footed by Dani Parejo from the right by-line to the near post, Danny Collins makes a clearance.42:14
Aritz Aduriz concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Huth. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.41:03
Dani Parejo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Robert Huth takes the free kick.39:30
The ball is sent over by Kenwyne Jones.38:08
Handball by Cameron Jerome. Adil Rami restarts play with the free kick.36:46
Aritz Aduriz takes a shot.35:56
Cameron Jerome concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramos Jordi Alba. Angel Dealbert takes the direct free kick.35:52
Danny Collins sends in a cross.34:44
A cross is delivered by Oliveira Jonas, comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.34:04
Corner taken short by Dani Parejo.33:16
Unfair challenge on Pablo Piatti by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Dani Parejo, clearance by Danny Collins.31:20
Dani Parejo produces a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.29:22
Oliveira Jonas takes the direct free kick.29:22 Booking
Booking Salif Diao is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.29:15
Free kick awarded for a foul by Salif Diao on Dani Parejo.27:50
Corner taken right-footed by Wilson Palacios, clearance by Adil Rami.26:07
Effort from just outside the area by Mehmet Topal goes over the bar.25:36
Outswinging corner taken by Rory Delap from the right by-line, clearance by Aritz Aduriz.25:20
Effort on goal by Kenwyne Jones from 18 yards. Save by Vicente Guaita.23:03
Assist by Hernandez Pablo.23:03 Goal scored
Goal! - Oliveira Jonas - Valencia 1 - 0 Stoke Goal scored by Oliveira Jonas from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Valencia 1 (2)-(0) 0 Stoke.21:12
Kenwyne Jones challenges Ramos Jordi Alba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Angel Dealbert takes the direct free kick.20:32
Adil Rami delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Aritz Aduriz misses to the left of the goal.19:26
Corner taken by Wilson Palacios, Adil Rami makes a clearance.18:57
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Vicente Guaita.16:14
The official flags Pablo Piatti offside. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.14:56
The ball is swung over by Rory Delap, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vicente Guaita.9:34
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller by Saltor Bruno. Robert Huth takes the free kick.7:27
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Vicente Guaita. Vicente Guaita restarts play with the free kick.5:48
Wilson Palacios takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Ramos Jordi Alba manages to make a clearance.0:35
Pablo Piatti fouled by Salif Diao, the ref awards a free kick. Dani Parejo shoots direct from the free kick,0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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