GENK, Belgium (AP) – Racing Genk held an attacking Valencia to a 0-0 draw in their opening Group E game in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Despite playing away from home, Valencia kept looking for victory in the knowledge the Belgian champion was the rank outsider in a group which also includes Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen.
Valencia came closest in the 72nd minute when Pablo Hernandez crossed to Rami and the defender saw his overhead volley hit the bar. Valencia brought goalkeeper Diego Alves back into the lineup and was grateful to him in the 84th minute when his spectacular save denied Jeroen Simaeys.
Yet despite its offensive threat, led by Dani Parejo, Valencia only had one point to show for its efforts.