Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves delighted with Europa League progress



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Posted Friday, March 16, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves has expressed his satisfaction with his side's Europa League progress at the expense of PSV.

The Spanish outfit recorded a 4-2 win in the first leg and held the Eredivisie club to a 1-1 draw in the return in Eindhoven on Thursday, much to the delight of the Brazilian.

"We worked really well defensively, and in attack we did tremendously. PSV are a very good side, and with those fans behind them they are tough opponents," Diego Alves told the official Uefa website.

"During the game they got stronger and stronger which made it a very difficult night, and I'm happy to have qualified."

The 26-year-old shot stopper played a key role in his side's success with some crucial saves, and was pleased with his individual performance.

"When an opponent is on the attack, you prepare yourself for the idea that the cross might be delivered well and when the header comes in you simply throw yourself at the ball," he said. "I managed a good save and it helped the team that we went in at the break without conceding. That pleased me."

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