Valencia boss Unai Emery admitted that a record-breaking night for Raul has hurt his side's chances.
Tie finely poised ahead of second leg
Valencia boss Unai Emery admitted that a record-breaking night for Raul has hurt his side's chances in the Champions League.
The home side took the initiative in the first half, using width to get the better of the visitors in the final third, leading to Roberto Soldado's classy opener.
However, Emery could only stand and watch as Spanish legend Raul fired home a vital away goal for Schalke to earn a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla.
The goal was Raul's 70th in top European competition, breaking Gerd Muller's long-standing record, an achievement that did not please the Valencia manager.
"If it hadn't hurt us so much we would be the first to congratulate him," explained Emery.
"I think both teams deserved credit. Vicente Guaita made a lot of saves for us but in the end they managed to score. We also missed a lot of chances."
Striker Soldado made life difficult for the visiting Schalke defence, getting his reward with a goal yet admitting he was disappointed to see his side lose a win.
"We knew they were dangerous and had quality players in attack," said Soldado.
"You can't give Raul a metre, if he has a chance he does what he did to us.
"We are an ambitious team and we had hoped for a more positive result, but we have done so much to get here that we are not going to give up now.
"They have some very high quality players up front and we knew they would pose a threat.
"I hope my goal helps us make it into the next round. It cost us too much to make it this far to give up now."
Schalke coach Felix Magath was happy to see his star striker on target to cap a battling performance following a poor first half.
"He showed the class he has always had. He exploited his talents, not only for the goal but all the work he put in during the match," said Magath.