Europa League

April 5, 2012

Full-time

Valencia

4 - 0

AZ Alkmaar

Europa League

19:05 +00:00, April 5, 2012

Mestalla, Spain

Referee: Pavel Kralovec

2nd Leg: 5 - 2 (Agg)

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    FT The result and the manner of the performance should ease some of the pressure on Valencia manager Unai Emery.

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    FT Rami scored the two crucial opening goals that settled things down for Valencia. Allowing them to stroll through the rest of the match.

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    FT A 4-0 win for Valencia on the night and they cruise into the semi-finals, along with two other Spanish sides.

  • 90'

    The referee brings AZ's torment to an end and blows the final whistle.

  • 89'

    Gudmundsson leaps at the back post and heads the ball down into the ground. But Alves has read the shot and saves it.

  • 88'

    Gudmundsson wins a corner off Mathieu. It's sign of AZ's mindset that the ball goes back into their own half.

  • 87'

    Mathieu has charged all the way forward from fullback but Soldado can't find him with the pass.

  • 86'

    AZ have the ball but there is no urgency to get forward. They know they are going out of the Europa League.

  • 85'

    AZ can't get near the ball now.

  • 84'

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  • 83'


    Valencia celebrate what will surely be a victory against AZ

  • 82'

    Costa is given a well-earned rest and on comes Maduro to face his countrymen.

  • 81'

    Well, it's all over now. Unless this turns out to be the most amazing final few minutes in Europa League history.

  • 80'

    Pablo steadied himself and slotted the ball into the far corner - with no AZ player near him after the ball was cut back.

  • 79'

    GOAL Pablo has curled one in from 12-yards out.

  • 78'

    Beerans won't be putting bad crosses into the box anymore as he has been replaced by Falkenburg.

  • 77'

    As it stands, all three Spanish teams will go through to the Europa League semi-finals.

  • 76'

    Martens hoofs a hopeful cross into the box that Alves claims, unchallenged.

  • 75'

    Valencia make another change. Feghouli goes off to much applause and one comes Pablo.

  • 74'

    Barragan gets booked for taking out Gudmundsson and will miss the first leg of the semi-final.

  • 73'

    The game restarts and AZ have the ball deep in their own half... not where they need to be.

  • 72'

    Poulsen looks like he has lost a contact lense or something.

  • 71'

    A reminder there for Valencia that one goal would make for a nervy end at the Mestalla.

  • 70'

    Benshop wins the ball deep in Valencia territory. Martens shoots from the edged of the box and Alves has to make a very good save.

  • 69'

    Feghouli whips in a cross and Saldoda is inches away from scoring number four for Valencia.

  • 68'

    AZ follow suit. Off goes Altidore and on comes big target man Benshop.

  • 67'

    Valencia make a change. Jonas goes off and on comes Parejo - who once played for Crystal Palace.

  • 66'

    AZ are second in the Eredivise but they look poor and lacking ideas here in Spain.

  • 65'

    Altidore controls the ball, holds off his man and then misplaces his pass to Beermans.

  • 64'

    It's all got a bit scrappy.

  • 63'

    AZ's subs are warming up on the touchline. The Dutch side certainly need something different.

  • 62'

    Soldado wins the ball in the corner. Costa picks up possession on the flank and his cross-shot brings a routine save from Esteban.

  • 61'

    Mathieu makes a good tackle on Beermans to deny him the chance to cross the ball.

  • 60'

    Stat Defender Adil Rami has now scored three of Valencia's last five goals in the Europa League.

  • 59'

    AZ look demoralised.

  • 58'

    Valencia ping the ball around the edge of the box. Jones shoots but his effort goes well over the bar.

  • 57'

    The Mestella crowd have found their voices now. The fans think the semi-finals are secured.

  • 56'

    Well, two goals needed for AZ now. And that seems very unlikely at the moment.

  • 55'

    Feghouli slipped the ball through to Saldado, who cut it back for Alba to tap in. Great goal!

  • 54'

    GOAL Alba taps in from three yards.

  • 53'

    Beermans and Maher combine on the right flank but when the ball comes to Altidore he is on his heels and not ready for it.

  • 52'

    Alba robs Maher in the midfield. Costa attempts a throughball but Moisander reads it for AZ.

  • 51'

    Poulsen partially clears the danger. Soldado heads at goal at the far post but Marcellis makes a fantastic block.

  • 50'

    Soldado wins a freekick on the flank.

  • 49'

    Beerans runs at his man and beats him yet again. This time his cross is met by the head of Martens but he can't direct the ball on target.

  • 48'

    Alba clips a pass into the box for Mathieu to chase but the pass is a tad too heavy and Esteban collects the ball for AZ.

  • 47'

    Alberto Costa is running the midfield again for Valencia - picking up from where he left off in the first-half.

  • 46'

    AZ make a change for the start of the second-half. Holman is off and on comes Iceland U21 Gudmundsson.

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    Adil Rami scored twice in the space of two minutes to put Valencia 2-0 up against AZ

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    HT AZ manager Gertjan Verbeek will have to give his team a crash course in how to defend short corners though, or they will soon be completely out of this game.

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    HT Well AZ are two goals down on the night but only need to score one to force extra-time as it stands.

  • 45'

    That's the final action of the half as the ref blows his whistle.

  • 44'

    Jonas wins the ball from Elm but the ref gives a foul. AZ reject the chance to launch it into the Valencia box.

  • 43'

    Valencia keep the pressure on and Alba heads into the side netting at the far post.

  • 42'

    It's another short one and this time Esteban makes a good save from Saldado at the near post. AZ just can't deal with these short corners.

  • 41'

    Jonas chases a lost cause and wins a corner.... look out AZ!

  • 40'

    Holman has the ball at the right end of the pitch now. He shoots from distance but his effort goes well wide.

  • 39'

    Holamn made a forward's challenge but it was never a penalty.

  • 38'

    Viergever runs the ball out of play trying to clear his lines. From the throw-in, Ferghouli goes down in the box looking for a penalty... he doesn't get one.

  • 37'

    Altidore is incorrectly called for offside after breaking free of the Valencia defence.

  • 36'

    Viergever brings the ball out of defence for AZ. He waltzes through midfield but panics when he nears the opposition's box and gives the ball away.

  • 35'

    Valencia are happy to keep the ball in defence at the moment.

  • 34'

    Altidore collects the ball in the right channel, he looks up for support but all he sees is three white shirts closing him down.

  • 33'

    Valencia take it short yet again but this time AZ are out quickly to prevent the cross coming into the box.

  • 32'

    Soldado outmuscles Viergever and slips a pass into the box for Costa, who wins a corner.

  • 31'

    Beerens is showing a lot of skill on the ball but his final pass is always poor. He takes the wrong option once again.

  • 30'

    Feghouli clips the ball forward for Alba, but the pass is a little too heavy and AZ clear.

  • 29'

    Topal takes down Holman. Freekick to AZ.

  • 28'

    Jonas cuts inside and takes a long-range pot-shot that dips but is too high and too wide of the goal.

  • 27'

    Valencia are having so much joy down AZ's right flank they may need to make a chnage.

  • 26'

    Jonas steps over a low cut-back. Soldado attempts a back-heel shot from the penalty spot but his effort is weak.

  • 24'

    From the corner the ball spills loose in Valencia box but their are no blue-shirted AZ players there to pounce on it.

  • 23'

    AZ midfielder Maher takes a shot from outside the box. It dips but Alves is aware enough to palm the shot over his bar.

  • 22'

    Holman probes the Valencia back four but his pass to Altidore is into a crowded area and the USA international can do nothing with it.

  • 21'

    Poulsen passes the ball across the back four as the Dutch are happy to keep possession for a spell.

  • 20'

    AZ come again. Beerens dances down the right flank but his cross is yet another bad one.

  • 19'

    Soldado shrugs off his marker, Viergever, in the box and shoots just past the post on the rurn.

  • 18'

    It's 3-2 to Valencia on aggregate but one away goal for AZ would make it all square. They need to learn to defend set-pieces first though.

  • 17'

    The corner was taken short to Costa, flicked on by Soldado and Rami taps it home at the back post.

  • 16'

    GOAL Rami scores again from another short corner!

  • 15'

    The ball was whipped in from a short corner and centre-back Rami headed as Esteban came out flapping at the ball once again.

  • 14'

    GOAL Rami has headed in for Valencia.

  • 13'

    Valencia have a corner...

  • 12'

    The atmosphere is really building at the Mestella.

  • 11'

    Altidore with another horrific touch. This time the ball nearly bounces back into his own half.

  • 10'

    Soldado controls the ball in the air, shoots on the turn and forces Esteban to make a good save in the AZ goal.

  • 9'

    Rightback Barragan is playing right up the pitch for Valencia and has seen a lot of the ball early on... although he has done nothing with it yet.

  • 8'

    AZ are not be playing for a draw here, despite being in the box seat. The Dutch side are really going fopr it.

  • 7'

    Viergever makes a good tackle on Saldado in the box, at the expense of a corner. AZ defend it well.

  • 6'

    Beerens breaks down the left, beats his man and then cuts inside. The forward whips in a cross but its a poor one.

  • 5'

    Costa scuffs a shot wide from the edge of the box following a corner.

  • 4'

    Costa gets to try again and delivers the freekick to the back post. AZ keeper Esteban comes to punch and gets nowhere near, but the danger passes.

  • 3'

    ...Costa gets booked for taking it quickly. Very harsh that.

  • 3'

    Barragan skips past Poulsen on the flank. Valencia win a freeckick on the edge of the box....

  • 2'

    Poor lay-off by Altidore, but AZ have made a good start at the Mestalla.

  • 1'

    Valencia get the game underway, kicking from right to left, wearing their white and black strip.

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    Valencia have not won for four games in La Liga and Europe combined so they will need an upturn in fortunes tonight, as they need a victory to go through.

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    Join us for live commentary at 20.05 GMT to see if Valencia get get back into this tie.

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    A late strike from Maarten Martens edged a tight first leg in the hosts' favour at the AFAA Stadium last week, and Los Che - one of three Spanish teams remaining in the competition - go into the match having let slip their hold on third place in the Primera Division after a string of indifferent results.

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    Valencia coach Unai Emery does not believe uncertainty over his future will affect his players as they look to overturn a 2-1 deficit against AZ Alkmaar and progress to the Europa League semi-finals.