Thursday April 5, 2012 Quarter-final Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 4 - 0 AZ Alkmaar

  • Rami 15’, 17’
  • Alba 56’
  • Pablo 80’

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  1. Rami double sends Valencia through

    Rami double sends Valencia through

    Adil Rami weighed in with a double as Valencia coasted into the Europa League last four courtesy of a 4-0 home drubbing of AZ Alkmaar. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • AZ Alkmaar
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 4-0 win for a 5-2 aggregate success. Valencia into the last four.
    • 89' Going to be three minutes added to this match.
    • 88' The rain is crashing down, but it doesn't impact upon the positive mood surrounding Valencia this evening.
    • 87' Not a full house, but the home fans in party mood out there as AZ try to push up the park knowing this game has gone.
    • 86' Soldado never stops moving. Highly impressive recovery by Valencia having lost the first leg 2-1 in the Netherlands.
    • 85' Handball goes against Soldado, but no booking. Nothing doing. Clock ticks down as Alves races out to collect a cross.
    • 84' Spain set to have three teams in the last four of the Europa League and two in the Champions League. Not bad going for one country.
    • 83' Marcellis guilty of foul play on Alba as Valencia continue to set up camp in the visiting half.
    • 82' Maduro takes over from Tino Costa for the home team.
    • 81' Doesn't look like AZ are going to net even a consolation here. Atletico and Hannover level at 1-1.
    • 80' Benschop rattles the ball at goal. Straight down the throat of Diego Alves.
    • 79' This match now all over bar the shouting. A 5-2 lead for the home side over the two legs, 4-0 on the night. Too much class for AZ.
    • 78' GOAL! Pablo Hernandez drlls the ball home from inside the visiting box. Superb pass from Alba and that is a fantastic swerving finish.
    • 77' Parejo trying to get on the end of a cross, but solid enough defending before Esteban dives on the loose ball.
    • 76' Another period of possession play by Valencia. Not in any rush to force the issue holding a 4-2 aggregate lead.
    • 75' Feghouli departs to be replaced by Pablo.
    • 74' A bit of rain comes tumbling down in Valencia. Looks like the home side are going to make another change here.
    • 73' Going to be another booking for Valencia after Barragan felled Gudmundsson with a late challenge.
    • 72' Poulsen on the deck needing a spot of treatment after picking up something in his eye.
    • 71' A goal now for AZ would certainly make things interesting in the closing twenty minutes.
    • 70' Martens rattles a shot at goal. Tipped away by Diego Alves before Costa completes the clearance for Valencia.
    • 69' Soldado flicks the ball over the bar from 10 yards. Lovely ball into the middle by Feghouli.
    • 68' AZ also shuffle their pack with Altidore off for Benshop. Holman has also left the scene to be replaced by Gudmundsson.
    • 67' Change coming for Valencia as Jonas departs to be replaced by Parejo.
    • 66' Elm takes out Soldado with a late challenge around the halfway line.
    • 65' Beerens fails to keep the ball in play out wide. AZ desperately needing a goal here and soon, but can't get on the ball for any length of time.
    • 64' AZ looking like a side who are resigned to their fate in this match as Unai Emery continues to jump around on the touchline.
    • 63' Soldado keeps the ball in out wide before flicking the pass to Alba, whose cross is plucked out of the air by Esteban.
    • 62' Adil Rami has now scored three of Valencia's past five goals in the Europa League. Not a bad return for a central defender.
    • 61' AZ now needing two goals to go through. Whatever happens, there will be no extra-time in this match. AZ with the ball at the back.
    • 60' Feghouli can't keep the ball in out wide. Poulsen with a throw-in for AZ deep in his own half.
    • 59' Jonas smashes a shot over the bar. All so easy for Valencia as we approach the hour-mark in this match.
    • 58' Atletico Madrd continue to hold a 2-1 lead over Hannover in their quarter-final. That all-Spanish semi-final still on the cards.
    • 57' Feghouli clatters Poulsen with a late tackle before AZ win a corner from Elm's free-kick. Corner cleared by the home defence.
    • 56' A 3-0 lead now for Valencia. Well in control of their own destiny in this tournament. Difficult to see where AZ go from here in this contest.
    • 55' GOAL! Alba slips the ball over the line seconds after Jonas's shot was blocked on the line. Lovely ball from Soldado to set up the goal.
    • 54' Slick play by Valencia at times. Surely another goal in this one for the home side.
    • 53' Alba dances through a number of AZ players before Esteban races from his line to block the shot.
    • 52' Valencia with 11 shots on goal compared to only three by the visitors, who look vulnerable every time the home side push forward.
    • 51' Costa swings in the delivery. Soldado almost on the end of a lovely cross from Feghouli, but the Dutch side survive. One more goal will surely bury this match alive.
    • 50' Valencia waltz up the park after Altidore is guilty of bringing down Rami. Marcellis fouls Soldado out wide.
    • 49' Valencia sitting third top of La Liga holding a lead of only one point over fourth-placed Malaga in the battle to reach next season's Champions League.
    • 48' Barragan overhits a pass in the middle of the park. Goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 47' An offside flag goes up against Soldado early in this second period. AZ looking for one goal to force extra-time. That is if they don't ship another one.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period of this match.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for the break! A 2-0 lead for the home side. Well in control out there.
    • 44' Don't think there is going to be much time added to this half.
    • 43' Valencia are unbeaten in eight home games in Europe since a 1-0 loss to Manchester United FC in the 2010/11 Champions League group stage, six wins and two draws. That run has included 6-1 and 7-0 successes against Bursaspor and Genk, respectively.
    • 42' Costa brings Altidore moments after Holman had clipped the feet of Barragan.
    • 40' Jonas heads wide seconds later from Jordi Alba's delivery. Inches away from the third. AZ not dealling too well with these crosses.
    • 39' Valencia with six corners to AZ's three as Esteban is forced to throw himself in front of Soldado's shot. Almost a third goal.
    • 38' Altidore slips the ball into the path of Holman, who smashes a shot well over the bar from distance.
    • 37' Holman wanting Feghouli booked for taking a dive. Was a dive. No contact. Referee called that one right.
    • 36' Feghouli takes a tumble under pressure from Holman. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee says no.
    • 35' Holman slips the ball into the path of Altidore. Great ball. Was onside, but the assistant has his flag up. A fortunate moment for the home side.
    • 34' Just the one booking so far to Tino Costa. AZ being given a real going over, but remain alive at 2-0 behind.
    • 33' Gertjan Verbeek, the AZ coach, looks in a state of shock at the moment. Has been very little for him to get excited about so far.
    • 32' Costa's corner fails to find a team-mate. Valencia dominant in most of the key areas.
    • 31' Soldado pushes a lovely little pass into the run of Mathieu. He gets the cross over, but Marcellis is well positioned to clear the danger.
    • 30' Topal brings down Holman. Valencia hungry as they continue to fly into the tackles. A goalkick to the home side which Diego Alves slips short.
    • 29' Pitch looks as good as a patch of grass around Augusta golf course. Nice conditions for the passing game.
    • 28' Jonas decides to try his luck from distance. Shot swerves over the bar. Worth a bash, but the ball was always drifting high.
    • 27' Get the impression one more home goal will finish this contest as Soldado pushes Moisander to the ground.
    • 26' Soldado tries a cheeky backheel attempt. Straight into the arms of Esteban. Lovely play by Mathieu and Alba in the build-up. Valencia piling bodies forward at every opportunity.
    • 25' Diego Alves forced to pedal back quickly to nudge the shot from distance by Maher over his bar. Some pace on that shot.
    • 24' Valencia boss Unai Emery is out on the touchline doing a fair bit of shouting and bawling.
    • 23' Remember the winner of this match with Atletico or Hannover in the last four. Could be an all-Spanish semi-final.
    • 22' Moisander whacks the ball away from Tino Costa's cross. Wave after wave of Valencia attack at the moment.
    • 21' Soldado flicks a shot wide of goal from inside the visiting box. He is penalised for handling the ball before he shot.
    • 20' The home fans enjoying their night out. Valencia looking like they mean business.
    • 19' A 3-2 lead now for Valenica over the two legs. AZ need a goal here otherwise they are out.
    • 18' GOAL! Rami with a second goal. Costa with the cross, nodded on by Solado and Rami buries the volley at the back post. A 2-0 lead now for Valencia.
    • 17' Terrific tackle by Viergever to race back and make the tackle on Soldado, who threatened to pull the trigger as he dashed through the middle.
    • 16' Valencia 1-0 ahead on the night. 2-2 on aggregate, but the Spanish team lead on away goals.
    • 15' GOAL! Rami powers home a header from Ferhouli's cross and the home side have the lead. Lovely cross and finish. Poor defending. Esterban no where near the cross.
    • 14' Viergever knocks the ball behind under pressure from Feghouli. Corner to the Dutch side.
    • 13' Game raging from end to end so far. Most of the action centres around the visiting end.
    • 12' Superb stuff from Soldado on the volley. Showing real technique to control the ball before getting the shot on target.
    • 11' Soldado drills a shot at the AZ goal, but Esteban gets down quickly to make the save. Strong hands there to keep the ball out.
    • 10' Costa dinks a little ball into the heart of the Dutch defence. Easy enough take for Esteban who comes to collect with little fuss.
    • 9' Mathieu knocks the ball out of play. AZ looking quite comfortable on the ball so far in this match.
    • 8' Valencia have scored four goals in their last two home games against Dutch sides. Will look for more of the same tonight as Poulsen clears for AZ.
    • 7' AZ trying to set up camp in the home half. Decent burst of pace by Poulsen, who is flagged for a foul on Feghouli. Another strange call.
    • 6' Feghouli with the corner for AZ. Picks out the unmarked Costa, who prods a volley wide of goal from 12 yards. Decent chance not taken.
    • 5' Costa drills the free-kick in at some pace, but Esteban is out bravely to punch clear.
    • 4' Costa has been booked for taking the free-kick too quickly. Odd decision by the referee there.
    • 3' Holman brings down Barragan, and the home side have a free-kick on the edge of the visiting box.
    • 2' Holman knocks the ball into the middle looking for Altidore, but Mathieu brings it out for the home side.
    • 1' We are off and running at the Mestalla.
    • 20.00 Teams out on the pitch. Valencia in white, AZ in blue. Almost ready to go in this one.
    • 19.55 The Spanish side lifted the UEFA Cup in 2003/04, beating Olympique de Marseille 2-0 in the final in Gothenburg. They last reached the quarter-finals in 2009/10, losing on away goals to eventual winners Club Atlético de Madrid.
    • 19.50 Odds for this evening's games: Valencia 4/9, AZ 6/1, Draw 7/2.
    • 19.45 AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek: "Valencia are a great team who play good football, which is why they are third in the Liga. They have had their problems but make no mistake: we're up against a great team full of great players."
    • 19.40 Valencia boss Unai Emery: "We have a great opportunity to awaken the enthusiasm with the Europa League, and it is our duty to make it through on Thursday, which would be an important part of the goals we have set ourselves. The most important thing, besides winning, is to keep a clean sheet. They are tough opponents, showing a strength that is hard to beat, so we must be very focused on doing things the best way possible."
    • 19.35 AZ are expected to be able to pick from a strong squad list, including striker Roy Beerens who travels with the side to Spain and may make his return after a rib problem. However, Etienne Reijnen (ankle) and Celso Ortiz (knee) are both missing.
    • 19.30 Adil Rami returns from suspension but Miguel is short of fitness following a six-week lay-off. Ever Banega and Sergio Canales are long-term absentees and Hedwiges Maduro will not be fit in time for the second leg despite being on the verge of a full recovery from an ankle injury.
    • 19.25 Teams: Valencia: Diego Alves, Barragan, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu, Feghouli, Topal, Tino Costa, Jordi Alba, Jonas, Soldado..subs: Guaita, Maduro, Aduriz, Piatti, Dealbert, Pablo, Parejo////AZ: Alvarado, Marcellis, Moisander, Viergever, Poulsen, Maher, Elm, Martens, Beerens, Altidore, Holman..subs: Heijblok, Johansson, Gudmundsson, Falkenburg, Klavan, Lam, Benschop////Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)
    • 19.20 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Europa League second leg between Valencia and AZ. AZ are 2-1 clear from the first leg in the Netherlands.
  • Summary

    • 78' GOAL! Pablo Hernandez drlls the ball home from inside the visiting box. Superb pass from Alba and that is a fantastic swerving finish.
    • 70' Martens rattles a shot at goal. Tipped away by Diego Alves before Costa completes the clearance for Valencia.
    • 69' Soldado flicks the ball over the bar from 10 yards. Lovely ball into the middle by Feghouli.
    • 55' GOAL! Alba slips the ball over the line seconds after Jonas's shot was blocked on the line. Lovely ball from Soldado to set up the goal.
    • 53' Alba dances through a number of AZ players before Esteban races from his line to block the shot.
    • 40' Jonas heads wide seconds later from Jordi Alba's delivery. Inches away from the third. AZ not dealling too well with these crosses.
    • 39' Valencia with six corners to AZ's three as Esteban is forced to throw himself in front of Soldado's shot. Almost a third goal.
    • 36' Feghouli takes a tumble under pressure from Holman. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee says no.
    • 28' Jonas decides to try his luck from distance. Shot swerves over the bar. Worth a bash, but the ball was always drifting high.
    • 26' Soldado tries a cheeky backheel attempt. Straight into the arms of Esteban. Lovely play by Mathieu and Alba in the build-up. Valencia piling bodies forward at every opportunity.
    • 25' Diego Alves forced to pedal back quickly to nudge the shot from distance by Maher over his bar. Some pace on that shot.
    • 18' GOAL! Rami with a second goal. Costa with the cross, nodded on by Solado and Rami buries the volley at the back post. A 2-0 lead now for Valencia.
    • 17' Terrific tackle by Viergever to race back and make the tackle on Soldado, who threatened to pull the trigger as he dashed through the middle.
    • 15' GOAL! Rami powers home a header from Ferhouli's cross and the home side have the lead. Lovely cross and finish. Poor defending. Esterban no where near the cross.
    • 11' Soldado drills a shot at the AZ goal, but Esteban gets down quickly to make the save. Strong hands there to keep the ball out.
    • 6' Feghouli with the corner for AZ. Picks out the unmarked Costa, who prods a volley wide of goal from 12 yards. Decent chance not taken.
    • 19.25 Teams: Valencia: Diego Alves, Barragan, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu, Feghouli, Topal, Tino Costa, Jordi Alba, Jonas, Soldado..subs: Guaita, Maduro, Aduriz, Piatti, Dealbert, Pablo, Parejo////AZ: Alvarado, Marcellis, Moisander, Viergever, Poulsen, Maher, Elm, Martens, Beerens, Altidore, Holman..subs: Heijblok, Johansson, Gudmundsson, Falkenburg, Klavan, Lam, Benschop////Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)

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  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

  • AZ Alkmaar

    Manager: Gertjan Verbeek

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