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Britannia Stadium (ATT 24,185) 16th February 2012 - Kick off 20:05 Ref: P Rasmussen

Stoke City Stoke City vs Valencia Valencia

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Valencia 1

M Topal (36)

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Last Updated at 10:24 pm, February 16th 2012

  1. FULL TIME. That's it, Valencia take a narrow lead into the second leg. Cheers for your views tonight, stay with us for reaction.

  2. 90 (+4)

    Stoke win their own free-kick midway in their half. Begovic punts the ball forward but the ref blows for full time.

  3. 90 (+3)

    Costa takes the free-kick 12 yards out and tries to curl it into goal but it is well wide.

  4. 90 (+3)

    Wilkinson is now booked for fouling Costa on the right edge of the box.

  5. 90 (+2)

    Jonas wins a throw in near the right byline. they take and Feghouli wins another in a similar position. Miguel takes but Stoke win their own throw in.

  6. 90 (+1)

    Stoke win a throw in 35 yards on the right. Shotton puts it into the box but it runs through harmlessly for Guaita to gather.

  7. Four minutes of added time are announced.

  8. 90

    Jerome tries to run into the Valencia box but Mathieu tackles and clears.

  9. 89

    Feghouli crosses from 20 yards on the left but it goes out for a goal kick.

  10. 88

    Bernat is on for Piatti for Valencia.

  11. 87

    Delap catches Piatti for a Valencia free-kick just inside the Stoke half on the right. Costa takes but Pennant clears.

  12. 87

    Costa takes the free-kick but it hits the wall before he puts the rebound well wide.

  13. 86

    Valencia take the free-kick 40 yards on the left and Piatti wins another 35 yards out in the centre.

  14. 85

    Whitehead is now booked for telling Costa what he thought of him for his late challenge, while Costa is also booked for dissent.

  15. 84

    Walters is booked for catching Costa late. Costa had earlier just caught Whitehead but he was not booked.

  16. 83

    Etherington is now booked after catching Miguel with a late challange as he is upset with the earlier challenge.

  17. 82

    Etherington is left on the ground after being blocked by Miguel midway in the Valencia half on the left but the ref waves play on.

  18. 81

    Miguel is on for Bruno.

  19. 80

    Delap puts the throw into the box but Bruno clears.

  20. 79

    Soldado is on for Aduriz for Valencia.

  21. 79

    Jerome wins a throw in 20 yards out on the left.

  22. 78

    Etherington takes the corner but the keeper again comes to claim the ball.

  23. 77

    Soldado is on for Aduriz for Valencia.

  24. 77

    Walters wins a corner on the right.

  25. 76

    Shotton wins a throw in eight yards out on the right off Mathieu. He puts a long throw into the box but Guatia again punches away.

  26. 75

    Costa tries a long range effort from the centre but his shot goes well over.

  27. 74

    Shotton tries an effort from 20 yards in the centre which takes a deflection but Guaita dives down well to his left to gather.

  28. 73

    Pennant takes the croner but Huth shoots over with a toe poke ten yards out in the centre.

  29. 73

    Rami is booked for kicking the ball away after a free-kick was given midway in the Stoke half on the right. Begovic punts the ball foward before Jerome wins a corner on the left.

  30. 71

    Piatti finds Feghouli to the right of goal. He cuts inside before shooting from eight yards but it comes back off the post, hits Begovic and Stoke clear.

  31. 69

    Shotton and Jerome are on for Wilson and Crouch as Stoke try and get back in the game.

  32. 68

    Bruno crosses from 25 yards on the right but Begovic gathers. Stoke break forward but Etherington's cross is punched away by Guaita in the box.

  33. 67

    Pennant takes the free-kick but Rami clears the box.

  34. 66

    Walters wins a free-kick off Dealbert 35 yards in front of goal.

  35. 66

    The game is scrappy in the middle at present.

  36. 64

    Pennant takes the free-kick but it is over hit and Huth can not reach it at the far post and it goes out for a goal kick.

  37. 64

    Walters wins a free-kick off Topal 30 yards out to the right of goal.

  38. 63

    Stoke come again and win a throw in 35 yards on the left. Delap puts it into the box but Piatti clears the danger.

  39. 61

    Etherington takes the corner but it is just too high for Shawcross in the centre and goes out for a goal kick.

  40. 60

    Pennant crosses from 20 yard son the right, Crouch heads in the centre and Topal has to put it out for a corner on the left.

  41. 59

    Pennant crosses from 15 yards on the right but it is over hit and Etherington concedes a free-kick on the far side.

  42. 58

    Valencia break forward but Jonas misplaces his pass and Huth clears.

  43. 57

    Crouch tees up Pennant on the edge of the box but Rami tackles and clears.

  44. 56

    Etherington crosses from the left byline but Guaita gathers in the box.

  45. 55

    Valencia take the free-kick. Jonas flicks on in the box and Begovic collects.

  46. 54

    Shawcross is booked for pulling back Aduriz. It is a Valencia free-kick 40 yards out on the left.

  47. 53

    Whitehead is on for Palacios for Stoke.

  48. 52

    Valencia take the corner short and win a throw in 25 yards out on the right. They take and win another in a similar position before Etherington tackles Jonas and clears.

  49. 51

    Jonas releases Feghouli into the right side of the box. He is in acres of space before crossing into the centre but Shawcross puts the ball out for a corner on the right.

  50. 49

    Pennant wins a free-kick on the half way line off Jonas. Stoke punt the ball forward but etherington is tackled by Bruno on the left and it is a Valencia throw in.

  51. 49

    Etherington again tries to get to the left byline but Rami tackles and clears.

  52. 48

    Etherington presses down the left flank and tries to get around Topal but he shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

  53. 47

    Piatti wins a throw in 30 yards out on the right. Valencia take and try to release Costa into the left corner but Pennant tracksd back, intercepts and clears.

  54. 46

    Valencia re-start the game. No changes at half time.

  55. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 10/1 for a Stoke win, 3/1 for a draw and 1/3 for a Valencia victory. My 1-0 Stoke win prediction is now over but the Potters are not out of this, although to be fair the Spanish side look good going forward. What are your views for the second period? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best.

  56. HALF TIME. Valencia go in a one to the good. The Potters are still in this, stay with us for the second period.

  57. 45 (+2)

    Piatti crosses from the left into the box. Feghouli collects the ball at the far post and crosses back into the centre but Etherington intercepts and clears.

  58. 45 (+1)

    Pennant tries to get onto a long ball into the right corner but is given offside.

  59. Two minutes of added time are announced.

  60. 45

    Valencia break forward and Jonas tries to release Piatti into the right side of the box but Stoke scramble the ball away.

  61. 45

    Pennant takes the corner but Bruno partially clears at the near post.

  62. 44

    Walters releases Etherington the left flank who crosses into the box. Crouch heads down but Costa hits it out for a corner on the left.

  63. 43

    Etherington takes the corner but the keeper is there again to punch away under pressure in the box.

  64. 43

    Pennant wins a corner on the right.

  65. 41

    Topal takes the throw in and Valencia feed the ball to Rami who tries a long range effort but it is well over and wide.

  66. 40

    Valencia break forward and Costa wins a throw in ten yards out on the left. They take and win another near the left byline.

  67. 39

    Pennant crosses from 15 yards on the right and Crouch tries a scissor kick from 12 yards in the centre but it is just wide of Guaita's left post.

  68. 38

    Jonas takes the corner and Costa tries an effort from 25 yards to the right of goal but his low effort goes wide.

  69. 37

    Feghouli presses into the right side of the box and Shawcross has to track back and put the ball out for a corner on the right.

  70. 37

    Crouch flicks a long ball on for Walters to try and get onto in the box but Rami intercepts and Valencia clear.

  71. 36

    GOAL - TOPAL!!!! Valencia press before Topal unleashes a power-driver from 30 yards in the centre into the top right corner. What a strike!!!!

  72. 35

    Etherington makes a powerful run into the left side of the box and crosses into the centre but Mathieu meets the ball and clears.

  73. 34

    Dealbert crosses from 25 yards on the left but Shawcross heads away on the edge of the box.

  74. 33

    Bruno wins a throw in 20 yards out on the right. Valencia take and win another in a similar position. They take but are forced back.

  75. 32

    Piatti plays a clever ball for Jonas to run onto into the centre of the box but Huth manages to tackle and clear.

  76. 31

    Bruno tries to get onto a long ball into the right corner but it goes out for a goal kick.

  77. 30

    Valencia take the throw in and press the Stoke box but Shawcross clears. Stoke break forward and Crouch goes down in the box under a challenge from Bruno trying to get on a Pennant cross but the ref waves play on.

  78. 29

    Costa takes the corner but Wilson clears at the far post for a Valencia throw in 20 yards out.

  79. 28

    Costa takes the corner on the ground and Feghouli tries an effort from 15 yards in front of goal. His shot is charged down before Shawcross concedes a corner on the left.

  80. 28

    Valencia break forward and Piatti wins a corner on the right.

  81. 27

    Delap takes the throw in and wins another in a similar position. He takes and Crouch heads back across goal at the far post but Shawcross is given offside and it is a Valencia free-kick in their own box.

  82. 26

    Valenica take the throw in but Stoke win their own 30 yards on the right. Cue Delap!

  83. 25

    Delap wins a free-kick just inside the Stoke half. Begovic punts the ball forward and Walters tries to cross from the right but puts the ball out for a Valencia throw in 20 yards out on the right.

  84. 23

    Mathieu takes the throw in but Stoke win their own in a similar position. Wilkson takes and Stoke clear up field.

  85. 22

    Jonas tries to release Aduriz into the box and Shawcross has to put it out for a throw in ten yards on the left.

  86. 21

    Jonas plays a one-two with Piatti before trying a shot from three yards to the left of goal but Begovic makes a great save with his left hand and Stoke clear.

  87. 20

    Etherington plays a one-two with Walters before crossing from 30 yards on the left towards Crouch in the box but Rami clears.

  88. 19

    The game is scrappy in the middle at present.

  89. 18

    Valencia are keeping possession without threatening.

  90. 17

    Etherington takes the corner but again Guaita punches away before Huth fouls Aduriz for a Valencia free-kick on the edge of their box.

  91. 16

    Pennant presses and wins another corner on the right for Stoke.

  92. 15

    Mathieu crosses into the Stoke box from 22 yards to the left but Wilson clears at the far post.

  93. 14

    Delap puts his throw into the box and somehow it misses everyone and Walters just misses his header at the far post and it goes out for a goal kick.

  94. 14

    Begovic punts the free-kick forward and Walters wins a throw in 30 yards on the right. Cue Delap!

  95. 13

    Pennant wins a free-kick midway in the Stoke half on the right.

  96. 12

    Crouch gives away a free-kick 30 yards out ont he left. Costa takes, Begovic comes to claim the ball in the box but drops the ball and Wilson clears at the far post.

  97. 11

    Stoke win a throw in 35 yards out on the right. Wilkinson takes but Crouch can not head the ball on in the right corner and it goes out for a goal kick.

  98. 10

    Aduriz tries to get onto a long ball into the right side of the box but Huth shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

  99. 9

    Valencia break forward but Wilkinson intercepts to the right of the box and clears.

  100. 8

    Etherington takes the corner but Guaita comes and catches the ball at his near post.

  101. 8

    Etherington wins a corner on the right off Mathieu.

  102. 7

    Etherington takes the corner but the keeper punches away. They break forward but Begovic intercepts Jonas' pass in the box and clears.

  103. 6

    Stoke take the throw in and Pennant wins a corner on the right off Dealbert.

  104. 5

    Rami punts a long ball forward but it goes harmlessly out for a Stoke throw in to the right of their box.

  105. 4

    Stoke win their own free-kick just inside their half. They punt the ball forward but Etherington fouls on the edge of the box and it is a Valencia free-kick.

  106. 3

    Jonas eventually gets to his feet and will be okay to continue. The Valenica keeper punts the free-kick forward and Stoke clear.

  107. 2

    Stoke come again and Etherington crosses from the right byline before Palacios fouls Jonas for a Valencia free-kick just outside their box. He is down needing treatment on the pitch.

  108. 1

    Walters latches onto a poor back header by Dealbert and runs into the right side of the box before shooting from 15 yards but his effort goes wide of the far post.

  109. 1

    Stoke get the game underway.

  110. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 23/10 for a Stoke win, 23/10 for the draw and 6/5 for a Valencia victory. I'm going for a narrow 1-0 win to the Potters, with Crouch to get the goal which pays a handsome 30/1! What are your views / predictions for tonight? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

  111. Referee - Peter Rasmussen (Denmark)

  112. Teams - Valencia: Guaita, Bruno, Rami, Dealbert, Mathieu, Feghouli, Topal, Tino Costa, Piatti, Jonas, Aduriz. Subs: Diego Alves, Albelda, Soldado, Ever, Victor Ruiz, Miguel, Bernat.

  113. Teams - Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Pennant, Palacios, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Jones, Fuller, Whitehead, Shotton, Jerome.

  114. Welcome to the Britannia Stadium where Stoke host Valencia in the Europa League. What will the outcome be tonight? Can the Potters take an advantage from this last 32 first leg clash or will the Spanish outfit prevail? Send your views / predictions to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Valencia 6 13
2 Swansea City 6 8
3 Kuban 6 6
4 St Gallen 6 6

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Ludogorets 6 16
2 Chernomorets Odessa 6 10
3 PSV Eindhoven 6 7
4 Dinamo Zagreb 6 1

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Red Bull Salzburg 6 18
2 Esbjerg 6 12
3 IF Elfsborg 6 4
4 Standard Liege 6 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Rubin Kazan 6 14
2 Maribor 6 7
3 Zulte-Waregem 6 7
4 Wigan Athletic 6 5

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 6 16
2 Dnipro 6 12
3 Pacos Ferreira 6 3
4 Pandurii Targu-Jiu 6 2

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 15
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 11
3 Apoel Nicosia 6 5
4 Bordeaux 6 3

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Genk 6 14
2 Dynamo Kiev 6 10
3 Rapid Vienna 6 6
4 FC Thun 6 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 6 12
2 Slovan Liberec 6 9
3 SC Freiburg 6 6
4 Estoril 6 3

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 6 12
2 Real Betis 6 9
3 Vitoria de Guimaraes 6 5
4 Rijeka 6 4

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Trabzonspor 6 14
2 Lazio 6 12
3 Apollon Limassol 6 4
4 Legia Warsaw 6 3

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 18
2 Anzhi Makhachkala 6 8
3 Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol) 6 6
4 Tromso 6 1

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 AZ Alkmaar 6 12
2 PAOK Salonika 6 12
3 Maccabi Haifa (Isr) 6 5
4 Shakhtyor Karaganda 6 2