Valencia 1 - Copenhagen 1
Miguel, Marchena, Raúl Albiol, Del Horno; Baraja (Manuel Fernandes 66'),
Edu; Pablo Hernández, Hugo Viana (Mata 56'), Vicente; Morientes (David
Villa 71'). 4-2-3-1.
A surprise at the Mestalla stadium, where Valencia were held to a 1-1 draw by the modest Copenhagen in their first group match. The Ches rested on day one, but they were expected to open their account without too many problems against theoretically the weakest side in the group.
For most of the first half things seemed to be going to plan, Christiansen doing well to keep out Edu and Vicente, and Edu heading against the bar. But the first warning signs came either side of half time, when Almeida lobbed a shot just over the bar and then Renan had to save from Santín.
Valencia took the lead though on the hour mark, Edu rushing in to beat a defender to Vicente's cross and firing in a shot which the keeper could only push as far as Morientes, who tapped the ball in to the empty net. But even with Mata, Villa and Fernandes on the field they could not add to their lead, and with five minutes to go Antonsson headed a long throw over for Santín to equalise.
Despite the result, Unai Emery's side are still favourites to go through, but they have to put in a bit more effort next time at Rosenborg if they are not to be caught out again.