Seven years later, Valencia will be back in the knockout stages of the Champions League. A goal by Rodrigo Moreno in the first half was enough for Albert Celades to get the ticket for the next round of the tournament. The result of Chelsea by Frank Lampard had to be won or traced and in one of the great temples of European football, Johan Cruyff Arena, Valencia struck the table. First of groups and Ajax, with the triumph of the Londoners, will play the Europa League.
Without the starting goalkeeper, nor the forward striker, Valencia was planted in Amsterdam wanting to change the script of its history. After six seasons without stepping on the eighths, the time had come. The problem is that no opponent expected in front. It was the revelation team of last season. But that did not seem to matter to Valencia of Celades, who put on the suit of the great galas. They were not Cillesen or Maxi Gómez, but at the watchful eye of Peter Lim, owner and top shareholder of the club, Jaume Doménech and Rodrigo Moreno became great. The Spaniard stopped the little dynamite launched by Tadic and Ziyech, who did not have his night, and the second, with a great goal, classified his team as first in the group. Ferrán Torres, who despite his nineteen years seems to have been playing this type of games for a lifetime, drew a millimeter pass for the Spanish-Brazilian who, after a sensational control, shot Onana. If in front of Chelsea, Rodrigo left Mestalla thinking about that occasion he missed the last breath, last night the "19" left the Johan Cruyff Arena on his shoulders and with glassy eyes. For the first time, like the rest of his teammates, except for Parejo, who already knows what it is to play a knockout stage in the Champions League, Rodrigo will face the best in Europe.
Without Garay sanctioned and with Gabriel Paulista expelled in the last sigh of the game, Diakhaby became great. The Frenchman was outstanding as was the rest of the Valencian defense. It was not until the 36th minute when those of Erik Ten Hag tested Jaume Domènech's reflexes and until the 42nd minute when they had their clearest chance. But there was Gayá to get the shot of Van de Beek that slipped under the three sticks. In the second half it played water shrinkage, but this time the ship did go afloat and Valencia will be in the draw for the round of 16 next Monday in Nyon.
. (tagsToTranslate) Champions League (t) Valencia C.F. (t) Ajax