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89'
A. Golubev
Y. Gazinskiy
81'
F. Coquelin
Yellow Card
80'
K. Olsson
Yellow Card
80'
M. Suleymanov
Wamberto
79'
Rubén Sobrino
K. Gameiro
72'
A. Martynovich
Yellow Card
70'
D. Cheryshev
Gonçalo Guedes
63'
Y. Gazinskiy
Assist
63'
V. Claesson
Goal
63'
Santi Mina
Rodrigo
55'
Ari
D. Stotskiy
55'
Dani Parejo
Yellow Card
Kick Off
45'
V. Claesson
Yellow Card
24'
Toni Lato
Assist
24'
Rodrigo
Goal
20'
C. Kaboré
Yellow Card
12'
K. Gameiro
Assist
12'
Rodrigo
Goal
Kick Off
3
2
3
4

Stats

Possession
% %
5
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 2
Total Passes 513 559

Commentary

That will do it for our live coverage of this Europa League match between Valencia and Krasnodar! We hope you enoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
Valencia will hope to parlay this win into momentum on Sunday when they travel to face Girona who currently sit 13th in LaLiga. As for Krasnodar, they will hope to gain ground in the title race when they host Orenburg who sit just four points above the relegation playoff spots in the Russian Premier League.
In the end, Valencia must be relieved to have come away as winners today. They were easily the best team in the early stages, scoring twice via Rodrigo (12', 24') but a missed Gameiro chance kept Krasnodar in the match, and the hosts were punished for that. Basically, from that point forward, Krasnodar were the better team, genuinely outplaying Valencia for nearly an hour of this match. Despite that though, the Russian side were only able to pull one goal back. Claesson's effort was well taken and earned his club a crucial away goal, but they'll surely be kicking themselves that they weren't able to further capitalise on their dominance in the second-half. Credit to Valencia for surviving and taking a goal advantage with them in the second leg though, on the whole, this match probably deserved to finish as a draw.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: Valencia 2-1 Krasnodar
90' + 3' The visitors are basically defending from within their own penalty area which is allowing loads of space to Valencia's wide players. Can the hosts whip in a decisive cross or can Krasnodar keep the enemy at bay?
90' + 1' Parejo plays Piccini into space on the right and the latter's cross fails to make it to Mina in the box. Well defended by Krasnodar.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
A. Golubev
Y. Gazinskiy
Krasnodar
89' Gazinskiy departs for Krasnodar with Golubev the last player to enter the fray today.
88' Cheryshev wriggles his way into the box and tries to loft a pass to the back post but it's blocked behind for a Valencia corner.
86' A pair of overhead kicks in Krasnodar's penalty area! First Mina tried it to score but failed only for a Krasnodar defender to immediately pull off the skill to clear the ball!
84' A lofted ball finds Sobrino in the box but he can only just get his head to it and it flies out of play for a goal-kick to Krasnodar.
F. Coquelin
Yellow Card
Valencia
81' Coquelin picks up a yellow after the incident as well.
K. Olsson
Yellow Card
Krasnodar
80' Olsson picks up a yellow card for leading with his elbow on a Valencia player.
M. Suleymanov
Wamberto
Krasnodar
80' Krasnodar opt for a more direct approach in the final 10 minutes as Suleymanov replaces the more elusive Wanderson.
Rubén Sobrino
K. Gameiro
Valencia
79' Valencia make their final change as Gameiro, who left a chance begging in the first-half, comes off for Sobrino.
77' Claesson shapes a shot from outside the box that's deflected and falls to the feet of a Valencia defender who clears the ball away from danger.
76' Ari plays a lovely chested pass back to Olsson on the run, but the former is called for offside.
74' It must be said that Krasnodar have been the better side by far in the second-half. Since the break, the visitors have recorded more shots, shots on target, passes, crosses, passing accuracy and, of course, goals than Valencia.
A. Martynovich
Yellow Card
Krasnodar
72' Martynovich made a half-hearted effort to pull out of a challenge on Soler, but is unable to really do so and is given a yellow card.
D. Cheryshev
Gonçalo Guedes
Valencia
70' Guedes makes way for Cheryshev who, funnily enough, made his senior debut for the Russian national side in the city of... Krasnodar.
68' Wanderson plays Petrov on the overlap into the box, but the latter slips at the crucial moment and the chance goes. Creditable that there were no shouts for a penalty from the Russian side there.
65' Fresh off the assist, Gazinskiy picks up a foul for impeding the progress of Guedes.
Y. Gazinskiy
Assist
Krasnodar
63' Gazinskiy did well to pick out Claesson on the run and, after a display of strength to keep the ball, the latter slotted the ball home for Krasnodar!
V. Claesson
Goal
Krasnodar
63' GOOOALLL! It was certainly coming for Krasnodar, and it's Claesson who gets his side back into this one! He collected the pass from Gazinskiy, showed his strength to keep his defender at bay, and then curled in a lovely left-footed effort past Neto at the near post. Game on! Valencia 2-1 Krasnodar.
Santi Mina
Rodrigo
Valencia
63' No hat-trick for Rodrigo today as he's withdrawn in favour of Mina.
62' Gabriel gives a thumbs up to the bench and looks to be able to continue after the incident.
60' Gabriel goes in for a challenge on Ari, but the former comes off the worse for it, writhes on the ground, and will receive medical attention.
58' Not only does Ari lead Krasnodar in domestic goals, but he also ranks top-five in combined goals and assists (nine) in the Russian Premier League.
Ari
D. Stotskiy
Krasnodar
55' It's a bit surprising that it's Stotskiy being pulled, but far less surprising to see Ari brought on early as we predicted at half-time.
Dani Parejo
Yellow Card
Valencia
55' Parejo picks up a yellow card for a foul on Olsson, and concedes a dangerous free-kick to the Russian side.
53' Half chance for Krasnodar as Wanderson whipped a low-ball into the box where Petrov, on the run, shot just wide of goal! It feels like a goal is coming for the visitors.
52' There've been three fouls in the last three minutes with Olsson, Piccini, and Piccini again as the offenders.
49' A good spell of play for the visitors outside the box now. Wanderson beats his man and makes an incisive pass into Stotskiy who had drifted into the box, but after a series of passes, Valencia intercept the ball and head upfield. Good stuff from Krasnodar, but they'll need to be a bit quicker to shoot if they are to score today.
47' Krasnodar bookend half-time with corners. Can they make an early mark on the half here?
46' Orel Grinfeld blows his whistle, Rodrigo passes the ball back, and the second half is underway!
It will be interesting to see how Marcelino sets his side up for the second-half. Do you set up a bit more defensively and try to prevent an away goal, or keep streaming forward and hope to score a third to put the tie to bed? As for Krasnodar, they have to score the next goal in this match so don't be too surprised if we see some early attacking changes from Oleg Fomenko.
Valencia burst out to an early two goal lead after dominating the first half hour of play. Despite Rodrigo's brace in the first half (12', 24') they will be rueing Gameiro's poor attempt in the 29th minute which, had it been scored, could have all but finished this tie. Instead, the door is still open a crack for Krasnodar who responded well in the final 15 minutes of the half, setting the tempo and creating a few chances. They've only managed one shot on target thus far but, assuming they bring on their leading domestic scorer (Ari), they may be able to at least pick up an away goal today.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: Valencia 2-0 Krasnodar
45' + 2' Spajic had a free header at the back-post but hit his effort wide of goal! He has to do better there!
45' + 2' Krasnodar win a corner seconds before half-time. Can they make it count?
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
V. Claesson
Yellow Card
Krasnodar
45' Not to be outdone by his teammate Claesson drags down Coquelin in midfield and is shown yellow.
44' Olsson fouls Parejo in his own half and, in doing so, has committed Krasnodar's 10th foul of the match.
42' Soler thought he'd been played behind down the right only to see Stotskiy catch up and take the ball off his foot. Great recovery from the left back there!
40' Wanderson attempts a right-footed shot from outside the box but it's deflected by Lato and goes behind for a corner.
39' That having been said, Krasnodar boasting the majority of the ball will come as little surprise to followers of the Russian Premier League who know that they lead the league in possession (62.7 per cent).
37' Valencia dominated the early proceedings, but Krasnodar are really finding their footing now with more possession and shots over the last 10 minutes.
35' CHANCE! After a lovely run of play, Stotskiy unleashed a shot from just outside the box that forced Neto into an acrobatic save at his near-post! Corner to the visitors.
33' Stotskiy paces down the left wing and attempts an early cross that's blocked behind for a corner, their first of the match.
31' Wanderson pulls out the tricks on the right wing for Krasnodar, but eventually a pair of Valencia defenders sandwich him and win the ball back. 
29' Rodrigo streaks away down the left as valencia have a three-on-two. He curls a beautiful ball accross the box to Gameiro who's in on goal... but the latter misses! How has he not scored there?!
27' Valencia have not conceded three goals in a match all season which, despite us being in the first third of this match, pretty much already rules out a Krasnodar victory today.
Toni Lato
Assist
Valencia
24' Lato, keeping with the trend of modern wingbacks, got himself into an attacking position on the left wing, received a pass from Parejo, and then played a near-perfect ball into Rodrigo who finished the chance to double Valencia's lead!
Rodrigo
Goal
Valencia
24' GOOALLLL!!! Rodrigo picks up his second goal of the match! Parejo played Lato in the space on the left, and the latter cut the ball back to Rodrigo in the box who put his shot across the keeper and buried it into the bottom-right corner. What a match the forward is having already! Valencia 2-0 Krasnodar.
22' Krasnodar are starting to re-establish possession a bit here as they make a series of passes throughout the defence and midfield.
C. Kaboré
Yellow Card
Krasnodar
20' Kabore picks up a foul for a late challenge on Parejo, and picks up a yellow card for his efforts. The Krasnodar midfielder will now be suspended for the second leg.
17' Stotskiy fouls Soler on the right wing and it will be a free-kick for the hosts.
15' Krasnodar must ensure that that is the only goal they concede tonight. They have not scored more than one goal in their last five competitive matches themselves, so another from Valencia would all but rule out a result for the Russian side today.
K. Gameiro
Assist
Valencia
12' It was technically an assist for Gameiro, though it must be said that he simply passed the ball from around near the centre-circle to an unmarked Rodrigo who then made the run and finish himself. Still counts though!
Rodrigo
Goal
Valencia
12' GOOOALLLL!!!! Rodrigo gives Valencia the lead with a lovely curling effort! He was found by Gameiro on the right wing, raced past his defender, cut inside, and unleashed a shot from just outside the penalty area that left Safonov grasping at nothing but air. Fantastic finish from Rodrigo that! Valencia 1-0 Krasnodar.
10' Valencia were calmly passing the ball around the Krasnodar penalty area until Piccini fials to control a simple pass and it rolls out for a Krasnodar throw. Despite a few small errors, the hosts are definitely looking the more composed and dangerous side thus far.
8' Guedes made an unmarked run into the left side of the penalty area, was found with a pass, and skied the ensuing shot. He had more time than he realised there!
7' Parejo tries to toe-poke a pass into Rodrigo in the box, but there just wasn't enough on the pass and the visitors clear.
5' Lato works his way down to the byline before whipping in a cross that curls out of play before it arrives in the box. Goal-kick to Krasnodar.
4' The visitors are engaging in an early high press with no less than five players chasing down the ball in Valencia's half.
2' A long ball is sent in to Rodrigo in the box and he touches it onto Soler who shoots from an acute angle, and sees his shot smothered by Safonov. Early warning shot from Valencia there!
1' Referee Orel Grinfeld blows his whistle, and this match is under way!
Both sides are lined up as the Europa League anthem rings around the stadium. Not long to go now!
Krasnodar see three players come into the side after their 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow at the weekend. Spalic, Stotskiy, and Olsson all get the start with Fjoluson and Sulyemanov falling to the bench and Pereyra missing out entirely. Gazinskiy will play a big part for his side today as the Russian pulls the strings of the attack, leading the club in assists (5), and ranking top five in the Russian Premier League in that statistic as well. If they are to score multiple goals today though, they’ll also need big days from Stoskiy and Ramirez who, at their best, are both capable of sending in excellent service from the wide areas.
Krasnodar substitutes: Ari, Jon Fjoluson, Artem Golubev, Nikolai Markov, Andrey Sinitsyn, Shapi Suleymanov.
Krasnodar (4-3-3): Matvey Safonov; Sergey Petrov, Aleksandr Martynovich, Uros Spajic, Cristian Ramirez; Yuri Gazinskiy, Charles Kabore, Kristoffer Olsson; Dmitriy Stotskiy, Wanderson, Viktor Claesson.
It’s basically an entirely different team than the one that beat Athletic Bilbao at the weekend with head coach Marcelino Garcia Toral making seven changes to his team. Piccini, Gabriel, Lato, Soler, Coquelin, Guedes, and Gameiro all come into the side today. Rather than making another list of the seven players that dropped out, we’ll simply mention that Neto, Diakhaby, Parejo, and Rodrigo are the players that kept their spots. The latter should play a big part in today’s match seeing as he leads the club in both shots on target (26) and assists (4) in LaLiga this season. Can he fire them to a win against Krasnodar today?
Valencia substitutes: Denis Cheryshev, Jaume Domenech, Jose Gaya, Santi Mina, Ruben Sobrino, Ferran Torres, Daniel Wass.
Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Cristiano Piccini, Gabriel, Mouctar Diakhaby, Toni Lato; Carlos Soler, Daniel Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Goncalo Guedes; Kevin Gameiro, Rodrigo Moreno.
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Krasnodar, on the other hand, have not fared so well of late despite sitting second in the Russian Premier League. They have not won a competitive match since the first week of December, and have recorded three consecutive draws since returning from their winter break.
Valencia will surely be confident heading into this match seeing as their last loss came in January in a Copa del Ray match against Getafe.
While these two sides have never faced one another before, Krasnodar are no strangers to Spanish opposition having played Sevilla in the group stages (W1, L1). On the whole, this is the fourth time the Russian side have faced a Spanish club in European competition.
Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of this Europa League match between Valencia and Krasnodar!
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