Valencia: Guaita; Miguel, David Navarro,
Ricardo Costa, Matieu (Jordi Alba 78'); Mehmet Topal, Banega (Vicente 68'),
Tino Costa; Chori Domínguez (Joaquín 68'); Aduríz,
Schalke: Neuer; Uchida, Howedes, Metzelder, Schmitz; Farfán (Draxler 77'), Matip, Kluge, Jurado (Edu 82'); Raúl, Huntelaar (Hao Junmin 89'). 4-4-2.
1-0. 17. Soldado. Ran in to turn Matieu cross past Neuer from near post.
1-1. 64. Raúl. Picked up Jurado's pass and turned shot wide of Guaita.
A second half strike from Raúl spoilt Valencia's night on the opening day of the knock-out stages of the Champions League, the ex Real Madrid forward scoring a record 70th goal in European competitions to help his new side Schalke '04 to a 1-1 draw in the Mestalla stadium. Aided and abetted by fellow Spaniard Juarado, Raúl held off David Navarro before turning a shot past Guaita to cancel out a first half goal by Soldado, who had turned in Matieu's cross in the seventeenth minute. Before that Huntelar had missed a sitter, and later in the first half Guaita did well to tip a looping header from Cluges round the post. But otherwise the Ches had the better chances, with Soldado and Aduríz both going close to increasing the lead before the break. After Raúl's goal Emery threw on all his attacking forces, but the German side held fast to take the edge for next month's second leg. The only point against them was a second yellow card late on for left back Schmitz (which the linesman had to point out to the referee), which will keep hi out of the return fixture.