Valencia: Diego Alves; Miguel, Rami,
Víctor Ruiz, Mathieu; Mehmet Topal, Banega (Tino Costa 23'); Pablo
Hernández, Jonas (Jordi Alba 73'), Feghouli (Piatti 59'); Soldado
(Aduríz 81'). 4-2-3-1.
Leverkusen: Leno; Castro, Friedrich, Toprak, Kadlec; Rolfes, Bender (Reinartz 78'); Sam (Jorgensen 84'), Ballack, Schürrle; Kiessling (Derdiyok 76'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 01. Jonas. Fired shot back in to goal after Leno cleared straight to him.
1-1. 13. Kiessling. Guided header down past Diego Alves from Ballack's cross.
2-1. 65. Soldado. Got on the end of Mathieu cross to flick ball past keeper.
3-1. 75. Rami. Shook off marker to head Tino Costa corner wide of Leno.
Valencia kept their hopes of qualifying for the next round alive after a 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night. The 2-1 defeat in Germany a fortnight ago meant this was a must win match, and they were gifted a best possible start with less than ten seconds on the clock when Leno scuffed a clearance straight to Jonas, who curled a shot back in to the net. Bayer came back though, and after Diego Alves made a couple of good saves, Kiessling got on the end of Ballack's cross to level the scores. Twenty minutes in to the second half though Soldado restored the lead with a clever flick from Mathieu's cross, and although the Ches were let off the hook when Schürrle had a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside, Rami headed a third from a Tino Costa corner to wrap things up. Valencia are still only third, a point behind the German side and three behind Chelsea, but at least this result gives them a fighting chance.