Oliveira Jonas (24 mins)
UEFA Europa League Round of 32 - Second Leg
, Feb 23, 2012
Ground: Mestalla , Kickoff: 18:00 , Att 35,000
Emery wary of Potters Valencia boss Unai Emery will not be underestimating Stoke despite the absence of some of their big names, including England striker Peter Crouch, when the two sides meet in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.
Valencia edged the first leg 1-0 and Tony Pulis' stoke selection has raised eyebrows given that his side still have a shot at the last 32 and Crouch in particular caused Valencia plenty of problems in the first leg.
But Emery is still expecting the visitors from England to put up a fight.
He said: "Crouch has certain characteristics, he is a very specific player and he is difficult to stop. Our preparation for the game is the same without him to contend with, but with the added factor that (Kenwyne) Jones is also a powerful striker. Their style is clearly defined." Valencia are looking to bounce back after a 5-1 thumping by Barcelona in the Primera Liga at the weekend, and Emery warned his side they must match Stoke's attitude if they are to come through the last-32 tie.
"They are a difficult opponent, strong in every aspect and a team who we will have to peg back in order to impose our personality on the match," said Emery.
"They were aggressive in the first leg and played with a high intensity that I don't think we matched in terms of hard challenges." Valencia will be without two key players for the clash, with talented midfielder Ever Banega out injured and Tino Costa suspended.
Stoke manager Pulis defended his squad selection and insisted he has not given up hope of reaching the last 16, despite leaving the likes of Crouch, Ryan Shawcross, Matthew Etherington, and Jon Walters at home.
The Welshman blamed a combination of injury and fatigue rather than a preference for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Swansea, where his side will look to arrest a run of four straight league defeats.
Pulis said: "We've left a few behind but the team I'll pick tomorrow is what I think is a very strong team. Every player that will start tomorrow will be a full international, there are three captains of their countries and we'll be giving it a go.
"We think Valencia are the best team we've played in Europe so far, no disrespect to (Dynamo) Kiev or Besiktas but we believe they're a level above them.
Valencia vs Stoke
Last modified 20:12 23/02/12
Brave Stoke knocked out Almost seven months after it began, Stoke's Europa League adventure came to an end in Valencia as Jonas' first-half goal earned the hosts a 1-0 victory at the Mestalla and a 2-0 win on aggregate.
The Potters launched their first European campaign since the 1970s with an away win over Hajduk Split back on August 4 and came through a group containing Besiktas and Dynamo Kiev, winning seven of their 12 games.
It was always an uphill struggle after they lost the home leg last week and, although Kenwyne Jones will look back on two glorious first-half chances, it is Valencia who deservedly go on to a last-16 meeting with PSV Eindhoven.
Boss Tony Pulis had risked the wrath of the thousands of Stoke fans who had travelled out to Spain by leaving the likes of Peter Crouch, Jon Walters, Matthew Etherington and Ryan Shawcross at home.
The visitors were almost behind in only the second minute when Salif Diao conceded a free-kick 22 yards out for a foul on Pablo Piatti and Daniel Parejo crashed his effort against the bar.
Stoke had created very few chances in last week's home leg but they began to find their feet in the cavernous Mestalla, with the front three of Ricardo Fuller, Jones and Cameron Jerome proving a handful for Valencia.
And had Jones made proper contact with either of two golden openings they surely would have taken the lead.
First Rory Delap surprised the hosts by taking a short throw to Fuller, and when he got it back he swung in a perfect cross that Jones should have headed in from only eight yards out.
The striker was culpable again in the 19th minute when a lovely ball from Wilson Palacios picked him out on the edge of the area but he scuffed his shot and Vicente Guaita was able to push it behind.
Somewhat inevitably, Valencia then made Stoke pay as Jonas gave them the lead in the 24th minute, although the goal was not without controversy.
The Potters felt they should have had a free-kick on the edge of the Valencia box when Diego Arismendi tumbled but nothing was given and the hosts broke down the right.
Pablo Hernandez got the better of Danny Collins and ran all the way to the edge of the six-yard box before setting up Jonas for the simplest of finishes.
Stoke responded well and Jones found his shooting boots to test Guaita with a stinging shot from 18 yards that the keeper pushed over the bar, but Valencia gradually re-established their dominance and finished the half much the stronger.
The second half flickered into life with Hernandez shooting off target while Palacios poked a shot wide for Stoke.
Valencia were keeping the FA Cup runners-up at arm's length, although Angel Dealbert needed to pull off a good block to deny Fuller after he had been well found in space on the edge of the area by Delap.
In the 64th minute, Valencia sent on top scorer Roberto Soldado for Jonas, while Pulis made a double substitution, Jermaine Pennant and Ryan Shotton replacing Palacios and Arismendi.
Stoke were struggling to create opportunities, though, and were grateful to Sorensen for preventing a second when he pushed over Parejo's powerful free-kick.
Swedish referee Markus Strombergsson drew ironic cheers from the Stoke fans when he awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area for a foul on Fuller but it was the Valencia supporters who had the last laugh when Pennant slipped and sent his attempted cross straight out of play.
The game was almost up for the Potters and Soldado should have put Valencia out of sight in the 78th minute when he found himself clean through on goal after a mistake by Jonathan Woodgate but Sorensen did brilliantly to block his shot.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|17||Ramos Jordi Alba|
|7||Oliveira Jonas(sub 63)|
|14||Pablo Piatti(sub 61)|
|1||Carreira Diego Alves|
|8||Sofiane Feghouli(sub 61)|
|18||Torre Victor Ruiz|
|9||Roberto Soldado(sub 63)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|32||Diego Arismendi(sub 64)|
|40||Wilson Palacios(sub 64)|
|16||Jermaine Pennant(sub 64)|
|30||Ryan Shotton(sub 64)|