Legia Warsaw 1 - Valencia 1
Valencia: Palop; Curro Torres, Ayala, Djukic, Carboni; Rufete, Albelda, De los Santos (Marchena 55'), Vicente (Kily González 20'); Ilie (Juan Sánchez 77'), Carew. 4-2-3-1.
A second half penalty from Adrian Ilie was enough to give Valencia a valuable 1-1 draw in the first leg at Legia Warsaw. The atmosphere in the Polish Army Stadium was hostile and the home side came out strongly, playing quick, physical football. Within ten minutes they had taken the lead, the Valencia defence allowing Karwan space to beat keeper Palop, who was replacing Cañizares after he broke a rib at the weekend. Rafa Benítez's injury worries increased when he lost Vicente early on, and De los Santos also had to leave the field in the second half.
Valencia were starting to gain in confidence though as the match progressed, with twin strikers Ilie and Carew both coming close to scoring ten minutes before half time and Rufete forcing Kowaleswski to turn a long shot away for a corner after the restart. Then Omelianczuk pulled down Carew in the area, and the Austrian referee awarded a penalty kick to the Spaniards which "the Cobra" converted. It was a good result to take back to the Mestalla for the return leg, and made up for the disappointment earlier in the day when the disciplinary committee threw them out of the Spanish cup for fielding too many foreigners in the last minute of their last match.