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Foul by Lukas Schmitz on Mehmet Topal, free kick awarded. Lukas Schmitz sent from the field by the ref for second bookable offence. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Facundo Costa.
Short corner taken by Gonzalez Raul.
Junmin Hao takes a shot. Save by Vicente Guaita.
Junmin Hao joins the action as a substitute, replacing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Gonzalez Raul takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vicente Guaita.
Goncalves Edu is brought on as a substitute for Jose Manuel Jurado.
Miguel Ricardo Costa takes a shot. Manuel Neuer makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramos Jordi Alba by Atsuto Uchida. Rodriguez Vicente takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Jose Manuel Jurado. Caution for Jose Manuel Jurado. Vicente Guaita takes the free kick.
Julian Draxler is brought on as a substitute for Jefferson Farfan.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Facundo Costa.
(Valencia) makes a substitution, with Ramos Jordi Alba coming on for Jeremy Mathieu.
Booking for Manuel Neuer for time wasting.
Effort from inside the area by Aritz Aduriz misses to the right of the target.
Sanchez Joaquin takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.
Miguel Ricardo Costa crosses the ball, Atsuto Uchida gets a block in.
Peer Kluge crosses the ball, blocked by Miguel Ricardo Costa.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeremy Mathieu by Gonzalez Raul. Facundo Costa restarts play with the free kick.
Alejandro Dominguez leaves the field to be replaced by Sanchez Joaquin. Ever Banega leaves the field to be replaced by Rodriguez Vicente.
David Navarro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Shot on goal comes in from Lukas Schmitz from the free kick, save by Vicente Guaita.
Unfair challenge on Roberto Soldado by Lukas Schmitz results in a free kick. The referee cautions Lukas Schmitz for unsporting behaviour. Luis Miguel takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Gonzalez Raul from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Valencia 1-1 Schalke 04.Assist by Jose Manuel Jurado.
Alejandro Dominguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Atsuto Uchida. Free kick taken by Atsuto Uchida.
The referee blows for offside against Miguel Ricardo Costa. Miguel Ricardo Costa is booked. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Neuer.
Outswinging corner taken by Facundo Costa.
Facundo Costa delivers the ball, blocked by Atsuto Uchida.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Navarro by Gonzalez Raul. Free kick taken by Vicente Guaita.
Header from close range by Gonzalez Raul clears the bar.
Alejandro Dominguez decides to take a short corner.
Aritz Aduriz takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Neuer.
Short corner worked by Facundo Costa.
Inswinging corner taken by Jefferson Farfan from the left by-line.
Gonzalez Raul takes a shot. Save made by Vicente Guaita.
Effort from the edge of the box by Ever Banega goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ever Banega.
Alejandro Dominguez takes a shot. Benedikt Howedes gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Vicente Guaita restarts play with the free kick.
Atsuto Uchida takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vicente Guaita.
Unfair challenge on Facundo Costa by Peer Kluge results in a free kick. Alejandro Dominguez shoots direct from the free kick.
Facundo Costa takes a shot. Manuel Neuer makes a save.
Alejandro Dominguez challenges Gonzalez Raul unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benedikt Howedes.
Aritz Aduriz produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Peer Kluge challenges Ever Banega unfairly and gives away a free kick. Facundo Costa takes the free kick.
Headed effort from close range by Roberto Soldado goes wide left of the target.
Mehmet Topal takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.
Corner taken right-footed by Jefferson Farfan, Mehmet Topal manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Jefferson Farfan from the right by-line, Miguel Ricardo Costa manages to make a clearance.
Peer Kluge takes a shot. Save by Vicente Guaita.
Unfair challenge on Jeremy Mathieu by Jefferson Farfan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jeremy Mathieu.
The ball is crossed by Alejandro Dominguez.
A cross is delivered by Luis Miguel.
Jose Manuel Jurado is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vicente Guaita.
Jefferson Farfan takes a inswinging corner.
Peer Kluge has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Jefferson Farfan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Roberto Soldado concedes a free kick for a foul on Lukas Schmitz. Lukas Schmitz takes the free kick.
Aritz Aduriz takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.
Roberto Soldado gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Valencia 1-0 Schalke 04.Assist by Jeremy Mathieu.
Alejandro Dominguez fouled by Joel Matip, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Joel Matip a yellow card. Jeremy Mathieu takes the direct free kick.
Luis Miguel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Manuel Jurado. Free kick taken by Christoph Metzelder.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Indirect free kick taken by Miguel Ricardo Costa.
Roberto Soldado is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Neuer.
Jose Manuel Jurado sends in a cross, save made by Vicente Guaita.
Corner taken right-footed by Jefferson Farfan, clearance made by David Navarro.
Foul by Facundo Costa on Peer Kluge, free kick awarded. Manuel Neuer takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Ever Banega, Benedikt Howedes manages to make a clearance.
Ever Banega gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Manuel Jurado. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jose Manuel Jurado from left wing, save made by Vicente Guaita.
Aritz Aduriz takes a shot. Comfortable save by Manuel Neuer.
Raul relishing Spanish return
Schalke striker Raul is looking forward to the trip to the Estadio Mestalla where he will make his first appearance on Spanish soil since leaving Real Madrid after 16 years last summer.
The 33-year-old will spearhead the Royal Blues' attack against Valencia in this Champions League last-16 tie, which will bring back fond memories for the competition's highest goalscorer of all time with 69 strikes.
"I am really looking forward to it," he said. "I won the Champions League final with Real in 2000 with a 3-0 win over Valencia, and I scored a goal in that game.
"I particularly like to look back on that duel."
Schalke manager Felix Magath would gladly accept a goal from Raul as he looks to equal a club record by reaching the quarter-finals of the competition.
And he knows that it will be a big night for his Spanish striker.
"He is an idol in Spain," he said. "He has a far different profile here to what he has in Germany.
"That will certainly give him a buzz."
Schalke's charge to the last eight of the Champions League in 2008 was ended by another Spanish side, Barcelona, but Raul feels the Bundesliga has come on leaps and bounds since then and that Schalke are not necessarily outsiders in this tie.
"I am very optimistic," he said on his club's website. "Valencia are without a doubt one of the biggest clubs in Spain and they have always been able to qualify for the Champions League in recent years, but I still think that we have a good chance of reaching the next round.
"Our team has shown in the group phase what it is capable of and we also have the advantage of staging the second leg at the Arena AufSchalke.
"Our fans are always a decisive factor in such games."
Raul is not the only former Real Madrid player among the Schalke ranks with Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Christoph Metzelder also included in Magath's 19-man squad, which does not included the injured Kyriakos Papadopoulos or Anthony Annan, who is ineligible having appeared for his former club Rosenborg in the competition this season.
Valencia go into the match in a rich vein of form having won seven of their last eight league matches.
Saturday's 2-1 comeback victory over Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon lifted Unai Emery's men up to third in the Primera Division standings and they are now two points above fourth-placed Villarreal.
Holland international Hedwiges Maduro said: "We are on a fantastic run and we have a lot of confidence right now."
Turning his attention to the clash with Schalke, Maduro added: "It's a very important game, the whole of Europe watches these games and we are going to try to win and get a good result."
Valencia centre-back Ricardo Costa, who joined Los Che last summer, should know all about Schalke and their coach having played for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for three years from 2007. Magath was Costa's coach for the first two of those years.
The Portugal international has highlighted the threat posed by former Madrid duo Raul and Huntelaar, but also believes Jefferson Farfan needs to be closely watched. Costa also hailed Schalke's battling spirit.
"Raul, along with Huntelaar, are the stars of the team, but we can't forget about Farfan. However, Schalke's main strength is that they work for the whole 90 minutes, they are good from set-pieces and on the counter-attack, and are physically very powerful," he said.
"We want to win, we must remember that there are two games and we need to try and score at home and avoid conceding."
Costa also urged the Valencia fans to play their part at the Mestalla, adding: "If we play with a good atmosphere, we will have a better chance. We have to be focused, play our football, play well and have a little luck."
Raul rescues draw for Schalke
Raul scored his 70th goal in European competition as Schalke recovered from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Valencia at the Mestalla.
The former Spain international tucked away the equaliser in the 63rd minute, and the outcome might have been even better for the German side if Junmin Hao had tucked away a chance in injury-time which was saved by Vicente Guaita.
The visitors were then reduced to 10 men at the death with the dismissal of Lukas Schmitz.
Valencia had plenty of chances to put the game - and potentially the tie - out of reach after Roberto Soldado had put them ahead in the first half, however they could not take advantage and will face a tough trip to Gelsenkirchen.
Both sides attacked from the off and Guaita was called into action in the fourth minute when Jose Manuel Jurado swung in a free-kick from the left forcing the Valencia goalkeeper to punch the ball away under pressure.
The visitors should have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar found himself unmarked as Valencia appealed for offside but he completely miskicked.
However, it was the hosts who took the lead. Jeremy Mathieu overlapped on the left wing and crossed into the near post where Soldado had lost his marker, and the striker sent a first-time right-footed shot into the bottom right corner.
Schalke kept plugging away and Mehmet Topal was powerless to stop the ball hitting his hands in front of his face in the penalty area before Guaita had to be alert to push Peer Kluge's looping header on to the bar, but they were having problems dealing with Valencia's attacking play.
Miguel kept getting forward and on one occasion put a ball in for Soldado who flicked a header just past the left post.
Schalke also allowed Aritz Aduriz to get free in the box and would have been thankful when his fine first touch was not matched by the finish as the striker put the shot into the sidenetting.
Tino Costa unleashed a fierce shot from long range which startled Manuel Neuer as Valencia ended the first half in the ascendancy.
Ever Banega's ball across goal was not anticipated and it went inches wide before Schalke had a good chance to equalise when Raul brought down Neuer's goal kick and unleashed a shot from the edge of the area, forcing Guaita to dive to his right to push the ball away.
Aduriz again lost his marker in the area but his shot was more like a backpass and Valencia were penalised when Raul equalised.
The ball was played in from the left by Jurado and Raul nipped across David Navarro, took a touch and placed the ball under the goalkeeper.
Ricardo Costa played a poor backpass with Raul lurking, which the goalkeeper had to be alert to sweep away, and Valencia must have been frustrated to find themselves on level terms given their dominance of goalscoring chances.
Aduriz had a feeble attempt at a chip after being played in but Schalke were a far different proposition in the second half and they had a chance to take a 2-1 lead in the tie.
Hao found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat. He unleashed a firm, low shot which Guaita did well to turn aside before Schmitz was sent off, although the referee had to be alerted by one of his fellow officials that he had been booked twice.
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