Estadi de Mestalla - Valencia 20/10/2015 - 20:45CET (20:45 local timelocal)

Group stage - Group H

Valencia - Gent
2-1
 

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Gent own goal gives Valencia the points

Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.54CET
Valencia 2-1 Gent
Sofiane Feghouli's strike and Stefan Mitrović's own goal gave the Spanish side three points that consolidate second place in Group H.
 

Match statistics

Valencia
Gent

2

Goals scored

1

46

Possession (%)

54

20

Total attempts

12

7

on target

4

9

off target

3

4

blocked

5

0

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

6

6

Offsides

3

4

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

24

23

Fouls suffered

16

377

Passes

462

304

completed

383

Lineups

valencia

Valencia

gent

Gent

24Doménech (GK)1Sels (GK)
2João Cancelo
55
8Matton
84
4Santos9Depoitre
5Mustafi10Renato Neto
8Feghouli
15
13S. Mitrović
72
9Paco Alcácer
82
14Kums (C)
10Parejo (C)
18
68
15Saief
66
14Gayà
90
21Asare
22
18Javi Fuego23L. Nielsen
21André Gomes32Foket
40
70
22Santi Mina
46
61
77Milicevic

Substitutes

13Yoel (GK)25Vandenbussche (GK)
6Orbán4Rafinha
11Piatti
61
5E. Johansson
12Danilo
82
12Poletanović
15Pérez26Raman
17Rodrigo
68
27Simon
84
86
19Barragán28Pedersen

Coaches

Nuno Espírito Santo (POR)
Hein Vanhaezebrouck (BEL)

Referee

Felix Zwayer (GER)

Press kits

Standings

Group H

PPts
FC Zenit Zenit39
Valencia CF Valencia36
KAA Gent Gent31
Olympique Lyonnais Lyon31
Last updated: 27/11/2015 06:38 CET
 
  
Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.54CET

Gent own goal gives Valencia the points

Valencia 2-1 Gent
Sofiane Feghouli's strike and Stefan Mitrović's own goal gave the Spanish side three points that consolidate second place in Group H.

  • Valencia strengthen hold on second place in Group H
  • Sofiane Feghouli finish hands Valencia early advantage (15)
  • Thunderous Thomas Foket strike brings Gent level (40)
  • Stefan Mitrović's own goal gives home side the spoils (72)
  • The teams play again at the KAA Gent Stadium on 4 November

Valencia strengthened their grip on second place in UEFA Champions League Group H as an own goal at Mestalla undermined the challenge of Gent.

Nuno Espírito Santo had insisted there was no danger of his Valencia side underestimating the visitors and his players were as good as his word, tearing forward from the outset. Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels saved at the feet of Santi Mina after Sofiane Feghouli's pass had split the defence, before Shkodran Mustafi put a free header over from a corner.

The breakthrough was not long delayed, however. Paco Alcácer was unable to supply the decisive touch to a teasing low cross from right-back João Cancelo; from close range, a combination of Feghouli and Lasse Nielsen forced the ball over the line.

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Thomas Foket celebrates

Gent were rocking and it took a double save from their goalkeeper to prevent Valencia doubling their advantage. Sels dived to his left to keep out Santi Mina's 20-metre drive and was up quickly to block Daniel Parejo's follow-up effort.

The visitors, however, came into the match more as half-time approached – and five minutes before the break, they were level. Renato Neto's pass over the top found Thomas Foket on the right and the midfielder lashed a left-foot shot high past Jaume Doménech from the angle.

Parejo nearly restored the Valencia lead early in the second period, prodding over from close range, and substitute Pablo Piatti then fired too high after an incisive move down the right.

Valencia's pressure continued to build slowly, and the initiative was regained with 18 minutes left. Cancelo's cross came back off the bar and was met by José Gayà, who unleashed a cross-shot that was heading across goal, until Stefan Mitrović diverted it into his own net to give the home team the points.

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Pablo Piatti after Valencia's second

Reaction:
Nuno Espírito Santo, Valencia coach

It's a good result for us but it is not decisive in the group. There are still three games and the next match is very important. The first half was very good with a lot of chances to score, which we didn't turn into goals. In the second half we controlled the game. The result we wanted was a win, we have to improve some things but we are happy.

Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach
Our experience was a positive one despite the loss. We could have scored more and perhaps deserved a point. We are going to fight until the last match and we will try to get third position. It will be difficult but we are going to fight for it.

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Last updated: 02/11/15 18.34CET

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