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Canales clings to qualification hope

Valencia midfielder Sergio Canales says there is still all to play for in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with PSG.

La Liga outfit Valencia suffered a 2-1 home defeat to the French giants in the first leg on Tuesday, with Adil Rami’s last-minute strike and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s red card renewing their hopes after they trailed 2-0 late in the match.

“It’s a bad result for us but we have hope. We knew they had quality up front and they showed that,” Canales told reporters after the game.

“There is still a lot left 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.”

Head coach Ernesto Valverde also spoke about the challenge his side overturning a first-leg defeat.

“We have to recognise that our opponent is a great team with great players and they have shown their strength,” the 49-year old said.

“In the end we managed to score that goal and that gives us some hope but we know that the return (fixture) will be difficult.”

Wed 13 February, 2013
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