The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 1173 had shown up at Mestalla
for the match. Paavo Ala-Poikela
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Ivano Mascellani
and Pascal Jambou
Valencia had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Lineup: Vilaginés - Farkas, Sienkiewicz, Vienne - Dobbert, Llavanera, Pinsino, Nebot, Llerena - Sorrela, Rafaeli.
Verona decided to use a 2-5-3 set up.
Starters: Szumowski - Mazeraud, Serafin - Diaz Casas, Podda, Di Fraia, Hochbrück, Keup - Deliu, Fiaschi, Zwoelfer.
For their match strategy, Valencia had decided to use their ability to counter-attack whenever possible.
The crowd groaned its disapproval when L. Nebot
missed a free kick that would have given Valencia the lead after 15 minutes.
18 minutes in, Valencia's G. Farkas
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
Unfortunately for Verona, A. Fiaschi
was injured when the game became more physical, and he had to leave the field. J. Schlutterbach
Given a free kick close to the byline, Verona tried a move that loyal fans may recognise from training. A pass to the side pulled the defence out of position which let S. Mazeraud
slip through on goal. He didn't have to break his stride, and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 0 - 1, 32 minutes into the game.
of Valencia was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
With 39 minutes played, a quick exchange of passes on the left wing freed S. Zwoelfer
of Verona to slip through the defence and score another goal for the visitors. That made the score 0 - 2.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of Verona lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
Verona increased their lead after 42 minutes when S. Zwoelfer
broke through on the right, upping the score to 0 - 3, much to the home crowd's dismay.
The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 3.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Verona, with 53 percent of the ball.
67 minutes into the game, Verona worked the left side industriously creating several opportunities to add to their lead, but just couldn't apply the finishing touch.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, A. Rafaeli
got himself booked. The manager of Valencia was not happy.
almost reduced the deficit, having drawn the entire left side defence away, but the shot went straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Verona had most of the ball, with 54 percent of possession.
Valencia's best player was S. Vilaginés
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
performed admirably for Verona.
On the other hand, B. Serafin
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 0 - 3.