UEFA Champions League, Valencia Vs. Schalke: Second Half Starts With Sides Trading Chances

The second half started with a defensive mistake by Schalke, hopefully not a harbinger for their second half against Valencia. A long ball from David Navarro was misplayed by Benedikt Howedes, who chested the ball down and behind him for Aritz Aduriz to run onto. The ball, played back out, turning into a chance for Alejandro Dominguez, his shot ultimately blocked.

The chance was the first of three within two minutes to start the second half. Valencia nearly went two up when Ever Banega played a ball through the six, with Roberto Soldado nearly sliding onto it at the far post. Moments later, a long ball out of Schalke's end looped over the defense, allowing Raúl to run onto a shot from 18 yards. For the second time today, Vicente Guaita mae a big save, diving to his right to keep the shot out.

It's a flying start to the half, one that's maintained the open feel that Valencia dominated through the first 45. Now 52 minutes in, Los Che maintain their 1-0 lead.

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