Made two first-half saves from Jones, the first came from the striker’s untidy effort and the second was purely an instinctive stop from the former Sunderland man’s snap-shot. Was rarely threatened by the visitors in the second period and had an easy game in large part.
Dealt with Fuller easily and was able to get forward frequently, feeding through the likes of Pablo and Piatti on the flanks and on the inside.
Seemed to have a problem with Jones’ power and strength, allowing the striker to get shots in whenever given the chance, but soon shored up and reduced the threat during Stoke’s numerous set-pieces with efficient clearing and passing of the ball.
Like Rami, struggled at first to repel the strength of Jones and gave the big forward too much space to shoot whenever possible. However, the Spaniard learned to get physical with the Stoke attackers and impeded their progress through the middle.
One of the players that did not feature in the first-leg, Alba did well to halt the constantly advancing Jerome, although lost out to the Englishman’s pace on a couple of occasions. Made some positive defensive moves and kept his team out of danger.
Almost gave the hosts the start they dreamed of, blasting the ball at the upright with just a minute on the clock from a superbly struck free-kick. His passing was efficient and held the ball up well for the attackers to get forward.
His pace left Collins with a lot to think about and eventually outdid the full-back to set up Los Che’s 24th minute opener, slotting the ball through the box to the back-post for the waiting Jonas. His passing kept Valencia moving up the field throughout the game.
The scorer in the first leg was not as effective in the second, but did keep the ball moving through the middle and away from the Stoke attackers.
Acting as lone-striker once more, the attacker didn’t really threaten the Stoke goal too much, but offered his fellow men up top an option when advancing.
Was able to secure the hosts’ opener with ease thanks to Diao’s poor marking and his short-range effort blasted into the back of the net, evading the men hoping to make a block. Was a nuisance for his full duration on the pitch and was a handful for Stoke to deal with.
Put in a modest display to aid Aduriz up top and keep the Stoke defenders on their toes before being replaced just after an hour.
The Dane was close to being beaten in the early moments, with Parejo’s second minute free-kick smashing off the woodwork. Got drawn in during the hosts’ first goal of the game and the second of the tie and failed to prepare for the waiting danger of Jonas at the back-post. Was the busier ‘keeper in the second-half, making saves constantly with one particular stop coming from a poor Soldado effort near the end and his display did not deserve a defeat.
The former Spurs man was far from his best during this second-leg and failed to deal with the hosts’ attacking line repeatedly after producing some poor tackles and uncertain decision making.
Struggled with the pace of the Valencia widemen and his flaws allowed the hosts to open the scoring after being caught out by Pablo who assisted the goal. Bruno was a constant threat to the full-back, with his opposite number frequently getting forward and diving into the Stoke box.
The German looked unable to deal with the Valencia attackers at times despite putting a number of decent challenges in. Along with the rest of the Potters back-four, Huth let Los Che’s frontmen advance and set up their attacks too many times.
Put Jones through on goal with a delightful pass along the ground, but the striker couldn’t finish the move. Other than that, offered little more throughout the match as he tried to quell the home side’s dominance.
The Uruguayan midfielder was making only his fourth appearance this season, all of which have come in this competition and his lack of match fitness was obvious in the middle as he struggled to keep up with Valencia’s men. Subbed just after the hour mark.
Was largely ineffective in the middle of the park. The midfielder’s throws were easily dealt with by the home side and he was never really a threat from the touchline.
Should have been marking Jonas for Valencia’s opener, but his defensive absence allowed the hosts to increase their advantage. The full-back constantly gave too much space out on the right to give the Valencia attackers room to get forward and into the Stoke box.
A poor performance from the striker who didn’t give Valencia much to be worried about and offered few moments that looked to threaten the hosts.
Should have at least tested the ‘keeper with his early effort when goal-side of his defender at the front-post. Faced with a simple header, the lone striker could only manage to head the ball away from the net. Scuffed his second effort after being put through one-on-one by Palacios and left Guaita with a simple save.
Played a thoroughly physical game against the Spanish outfit and was frequently pacing down his flank, but Alba kept him at bay for most of the 90 minutes, with attacker getting in the action, but with no positive effect.
- 1 Diego Alves
- 18 Víctor Ruíz
- 22 J. Mathieu
- 12 Barragán
Came on after the hour mark and gave the hosts’ attacking line a fresh option to help keep the scoreline in their favour.
- 6 Albelda
Came on with Feghouli and had a fantastic chance to put the tie past Stoke after Woodgate’s error, but the club’s top-scorer failed to offer up a decent enough shot to get the ball past Sorenson.