Valencia had employed a very left-leaning approach through the match's early moments, their build-up forced wide by Schalke's defense. Though the first 16 minutes, entries down Jeremy Mathieu and Alberto Costa's side has been easily stopped, but one moment of brilliance - chalkboard execution - has given Los Che and early lead. Mathieu, put behind the line by Artiz Aduriz, played a near-post cross for Robeto Soldado, the Valencia strike redirected his side in front.
The crux of the play was build just outside the Valencia area, to the far left of Neuer's goal. There Aduriz had a ball played to his feet, on which he turned and put Mathieu behind right back Atsuto Uchida. The first touch from Mathieu sent a liner of a cross to the near post. Neuer went for it but could not get their fast enough, with Soldado coming on to redirect the ball home.
It was Valencia's first meaningful chance of the match but one that was easily converted. Uchida got no help from right wing Jefferson Farfán, and as a result had no chance to defend against both Aduriz and Mathieu. When Neuer couldn't get to the cross, Valencia had an easy and early 1-0 lead.