Tino Costa and Sergio Canales believe Valencia’s UEFA Champions
League clash with Paris St Germain remains finely poised after the
first leg of their last-16 encounter.
Los Che conceded twice in the opening 45 minutes at the Mestalla
on Tuesday, leaving them with it all to do if their European
adventure is to carry them any further.
They were, however, able to grab a late lifeline through Adil
Rami and saw PSG talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic dismissed in the dying
seconds – meaning he will be forced to sit out the return date in
Costa feels a quarter-final spot is still up for grabs, with
Valencia having battled bravely to find a route back into the
He said: “We gave our all tonight but it was not to be. It cost
us an awful lot of effort to create danger. The truth is it was a
“As we all know, in football anything can happen and with that
goal at the end the atmosphere in our dressing room was that bit
Canales also feels that there is still all to play for heading
to the Parc des Princes, saying: “It’s a bad result for us but we
“We knew they had quality up front and they showed that.
“There is still a lot in this tie and, even though we know it
will be difficult, we will look to score early over there to give
ourselves a chance.”
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The point, only their fourth from a possible 60, kept them above
bottom-club Pools in the League One table.
Pools beat Pompey at Fratton Park just two weeks ago but they
failed to find a way through a packed and effective rearguard
despite endless pressure in the second half.
Pompey’s Hartlepool-born winger Adam Reed had the game’s first
chance, shooting low across goal after seven minutes.
The home side, for all their pressure, had to wait until the
43rd minute to test goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, when Charlie Wyke
Pools midfielder Jack Baldwin’s burst into the area saw him fire
low across the face of goal with Eastwood beaten, before his low
20-yard snap shot fizzed wide.
James Poole had two late chances for the home side but saw his
efforts charged down.
At the other end, Reed’s counter-attack could have brought an
injury-time winner but Peter Hartley cut out the shot.
Pools made it four games without defeat but they remain 11
points shy of safety at the bottom.