Valencia CF Official webpage - Noticias http://en.valenciacf.com/escudo_valencia.pngValencia CF Official webpagehttp://en.valenciacf.com en Copyrightvalenciacf.com/noticias/rss/ http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99354/roncaglia-and-sobrino-play-together-for-first-time.html <![CDATA[Roncaglia and Sobrino play together for first time]]> Facundo Roncaglia and Rubén Sobrino were both signed by Valencia CF on January 31st, just before the close of the winter transfer window. Eighteen days on, the dup finally lined shared a pitch, as they featured together for the first time.

For Sobrino, the game against RCD Espanyol was his first LaLiga appearance for VCF, and his first home encounter at Mestalla. He played 58 minutes of the Matchday 24 contest, before being replaced by Gonçalo Guedes.

Roncaglia played the full 90 minutes for the second consecutive LaLiga game, having also done so against Real Sociedad the previous weekend. In both of his appearances so far, he has accompanied Ezequiel Garay in the defence.

The on-loan Argentinian was unavailable for the UEFA Europa League game against Celtic, due to a suspension incurred with parent club Celta Vigo, but Sobrino would make his mark on the match, scoring his first goal for VCF and setting up Denis Cheryshev for another.

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Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:20:03 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99354/roncaglia-and-sobrino-play-together-for-first-time.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99350/a-wealth-of-chances-and-another-clean-sheet.html <![CDATA[A wealth of chances and another clean sheet]]> Valencia CF were the dominant side in their game against RCD Espanyol, and the statistics back up what was seen on the field of play. With 21 shots over the course of the 90 minutes, only in the Matchday 11 game against Girona FC had Marcelino's men enjoyed more opportunities to score.

Of the 14 games that Valencia CF have drawn, only 3 have involved them enjoying fewer chances than their opponents (FC Barcelona away at the Camp Nou, SD Eibar and Athletic Club).

Kevin Gameiro had the most efforts for his team, with four efforts failing to find their way into the net.

At the back, defensive solidity continues to be a calling card for VCF, and they kept their 13th clean sheet of the season (their 9th in LaLiga).

A 0-0 draw would be enough to see Valencia CF through to the Last 16 of the Europa League (0-2 after the first leg against Celtic) and the final of the Copa del Rey (2-2 after the semifinal first leg against Real Betis).

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Sun, 17 Feb 2019 19:08:40 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99350/a-wealth-of-chances-and-another-clean-sheet.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99349/marcelino-the-draw-is-inexplicable--the-ball-doesnt-want-to-go-in.html <![CDATA[Marcelino: "The draw is inexplicable; the ball doesn't want to go in"]]> Marcelino García Toral described the 0-0 draw against Espanyol on Matchday 24 of the LaLiga season as "inexplicablee" in his post match press conference, with his side having enjoyed the better of the opportunities in the Sunday afternoon fixture.

“This hurts a lot, and even more so after seeing the way these last two league games have gone. There are inexplicable situations in football; the ball just doesn't want to go in," he said.

"That's what is happening to us in LaLiga. We've had 9 draws at home, and in some of those games we even deserved to have won heavily. Today the opposition shot just once, in the 60th minute, and we had clear opportunities. They defended with nine players at the back and we weren't able to put away our clear chances."

"In eight days, we've played two games that have had the same problems as always: We aren't being effective. I can only be proud of the work that the players are doing. We are believing, we're getting chances, but we aren't finishing them off. It's hard to explain why this is happening."

"We're getting chances and sometimes we aren't finishing them off because we are rushing. As the minutes go by, the nerves increase. The players want to score, but we aren't getting the luck. I can't ask for more from my players, as the dominance over the opposition was obvious."

Marcelino also praised his side's efforts in the absence of several important players, explaining that "We've been playing a game every three days, and Valencia CF always compete. We have players out and the players maintain their will to win; they push right until the end, but are just missing goals. Now we're on a run of games in which we have been much better than the opposition in the second half. I'd love to have an explanation as to why there have been so many draws."

"Without goals, there aren't victories. What more can I ask of my players though? No opponent has been better than us at Mestalla."

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Sun, 17 Feb 2019 18:57:48 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99349/marcelino-the-draw-is-inexplicable--the-ball-doesnt-want-to-go-in.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99347/neto-we-needed-to-win--but-the-result-is-what-it-is.html <![CDATA[Neto: "We needed to win, but the result is what it is"]]> Goalkeeper Neto Murara played through the pain of a broken finger to keep a clean sheet against RCD Espanyol, but he was disappointed at the final result of the Matchday 24 game. The Brazilian spoke after the final whistle, and lamented his side missing out on a victory that they deserved on the balance of play.

"It's a pity, because we needed to win. Just like in the last game, we missed out on the three points. It's a shame, but it is what it is. We have to keep working, keep believing and be intense. We can't afford to look back," he said.

"We wanted the win and we had chances to score, but the ball just wouldn't go in. There are things in football that don't have an explanation, and the situation is repeating itself for us, but we're showing that we want a different result."

"We're a side who should be higher up the table, and we're fighting for this, but the table is what it is," continued the goalkeeper, who also commented on his injury.

"Ever since I've arrived, I've always said that what I like most is playing, being on the pitch and participating in games. I've tried to get as far as I could, and as long as I'm fit to play, I'm always going to want to play."

 

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Sun, 17 Feb 2019 18:40:05 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99347/neto-we-needed-to-win--but-the-result-is-what-it-is.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99052/-match-report-scoreless-draw-against-rcde-at-mestalla-0-0.html <![CDATA[ Match Report: Scoreless draw against RCDE at Mestalla (0-0)]]> Valencia CF returned to LaLiga action to host RCDE at Mestalla at 4.15 pm on matchday 24 after their 0-2 win over Celtic Football Club at Parkhead in the first leg of the last 32 in the Europa League on Saint Valentine’s Day.

Valencia CF had a comfortable start to the game in possession and getting into their stride. Dani Parejo had the first chance for Valencia CF with a first-time backheel flick following a Denis Cheryshev ball in but it went just wide of the post.

Kevin Gameiro had the first meaningful chance of the first half with an effort which rattled the post after a Ferran Torres delightful inviting through ball to run onto just under the 30-minute mark.

Ferran Torres had another chance in the closing minutes getting on the end of a Jose Luis Gayà cross at the near post but his attempt went just wide. The first half finished goalless at half-time between Valencia CF and RCD Espanyol.

Valencia CF came out in the second half looking to score and they almost did though Ezequiel Garay from a corner kick but his free header went agonisingly wide of the left post three minutes into the second half.

Dani Parejo had a clear-cut chance from point-blank range on the hour mark but was denied by Diego López. Moments later Kevin Gameiro went for the acrobatic after a brilliant Ferran Torres cross.

Facundo Roncaglia came close to scoring with little under 15 minutes of normal time left to play with a powerful downward header which went just wide. Kevin Gameiro had a powerful shot but it went wide.

The match finished in a scoreless draw at Mestalla between Valencia CF and Real Club Deportivo Espanyol. Valencia CF will welcome Celtic Football Club in the second leg of the last 32 in the UEFA Europa League at Mestalla at 6.55 pm kick-off time (5.55pm BST).

Match Details:

0. Valencia CF: Neto, Wass, Garay, Roncaglia, Gayà, Ferran (Santi Mina, 77), Coquelin (Kondogbia, 68), Parejo, Cheryshev, Rubén Sobrino (Guedes, 57) and Gameiro.

0. RCD Espanyol: Diego Lopez, Rosales, David Lopez, Javi Lopez, Mario Hermoso, Granary, Marc Roca, Darder (Puado, 64), Wu Lei (Semedo, 71), Borja Iglesias (Ferreyra, m. 78) and Melendo.

Referee: De Burgos Bengoetxea, booked Coquelin and Roncaglia for  Valencia CF, and Marc Lopez and Granero for  RCD Espanyol. He sent off Javi López for a double booking in injury time for RCD Espanyol.

Observations: Matchday 24 of LaLiga Santander played this Sunday at 4.15 pm at Mestalla before 39,564 spectators.

 

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Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:36:57 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99052/-match-report-scoreless-draw-against-rcde-at-mestalla-0-0.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99026/match-preview-vcf-vs-rcde.html <![CDATA[Match Preview: VCF vs RCDE]]> Valencia CF will return to LaLiga action to host RCDE at Mestalla at 4.15 pm on matchday 24 after their 0-2 win over Celtic Football Club at Parkhead in the first leg of the last 32 in the Europa League on Saint Valentine’s Day.

History:

Valencia CF lost 2-0 at the RCDE Stadium on matchday 2 of LaLiga Santander. Last season Valencia CF got a 1-0 win at Mestalla thanks to a goal by Rodrigo Moreno on matchday 31 of LaLiga Santander.

Team News:

VCF

Neto Murara, Jaume Doménech, Cristian Rivero Antonio Lato, Jose Luís Gayà, Ezequiel Garay, Facundo Roncaglia Daniel Wass, Francis Coquelin, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dani Parejo, Carlos Soler, Gonçalo Guedes, Denis Cheryshev, Ferran Torres, Kang In, Rubén Sobrino, Santi Mina, Kevin Gameiro.

RCDE

Diego López, Alfa, Víctor Sánchez, B. Iglesias, Rosales, S. Darder, Ferreyra, Melendo, David López, Javi López, Álex López, Puado, Marc Roca, M. Hermoso, Granero, Wu Lei, Lluís and Pedrosa.

Press Conferences:

Marcelino: "This game will demand intensity and collective commitment"

Rubi: "Valencia CF were and are a great team”

Coverage: #ValenciaEspanyol

 

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Sun, 17 Feb 2019 09:44:43 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99026/match-preview-vcf-vs-rcde.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99024/squad-announced-for-valencia-cf-vs--rcd-espanyol.html <![CDATA[Squad announced for Valencia CF vs. RCD Espanyol]]> The following players make up the squad for Valencia CF's LaLiga Matchday 24 game against RCD Espanyol:

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Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:11:19 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99024/squad-announced-for-valencia-cf-vs--rcd-espanyol.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99021/marcelino-this-game-will-demand-intensity-and-collective-commitment.html <![CDATA[Marcelino: "This game will demand intensity and collective commitment"]]> In the run-up to Valencia CF's game against RCD Espanyol, Marcelino spoke to the media to preview the Sunday game at Mestalla (4:15pm CET)

Following up the win against Celtic

Whenever you win, the team are mentally in good shape. Physically, we'll try and save a few players however we can, and tomorrow a lot of different players will appear to those who featured in Glasgow on Thursday -performing extraordinarily well. We're focused on LaLiga, which is what we want to do. We want to beat Espanyol in order to move up the league table, as well as confirming the good results that we have been taking recently in LaLiga. If we win, then I believe it will be 8 points from a possible 12, after some very tough away games. Right now our focus is entirely on Espanyol, and we're going to use all six senses to win.

Fourth place

We know that at the end of the season, if we manage to get victories now, we will be fighting for the Champions League spots. But the essential thing is to win the next game, which in this case is against Espanyol. We can't let many points slip, but what we want more than anything is to win at home. We've won very few games at home, even though we've only lost one. There have been many draws, so we need to convert the play that has meant that we deserved to win a lot of those games into victories. One such game was the loss to Girona, which is a situation in which we needed to convert our chances into goals to take the three points.

RCD Espanyol

They are a dynamic side who play very well going forward. They run their play through Borja Iglesias and also have some very good wingers. Now they are without Pablo Piatti and Leo Baptistao, who play well on the counter and who are out injured. In the first game they were the better side, but having watched the game again it was fairly evenly-matched. This game will demand intensity and great collective commitment, and we'll need the support of the fans. It will be difficult to dominate for 90 minutes as Espanyol have good players and a good offensive dynamic. We hope that we have the attacking efficiency that we didn't have against Real Sociedad and are able to win.

Neto

It will depend on what the player and the doctors decide as to whether Neto will play or not. If he feels ok and the doctors confirm that there is no risk of the injury being worsened, then we will decide based on that. We haven't got much time, as it's only 48 hours since the injury, so we will see how he progresses. We will never put a player's health at risk.

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Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:54:43 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99021/marcelino-this-game-will-demand-intensity-and-collective-commitment.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99018/bossio-i-came-to-valencia-cf-because-of-a-hunch--seeing-the-fans-at-mestalla-is-something-unique.html <![CDATA[Bossio: "I came to Valencia CF because of a hunch, seeing the fans at Mestalla is something unique"]]>  

He arrived at Valencia CF at a delicate moment, in the summer of 1986 after dropping to Second Division.  The values he put on the pitch enchanted Mestalla during the five seasons in the club as a player, where he developed other functions as a coach and in the Sports Department, in addition to being Head of the VCF Academy during two years.

 

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Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:51:44 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99018/bossio-i-came-to-valencia-cf-because-of-a-hunch--seeing-the-fans-at-mestalla-is-something-unique.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99016/medical-report-i-neto-and-piccini.html <![CDATA[Medical Report I Neto and Piccini]]> After tests carried out on Friday afternoon, Norberto Murara 'Neto' has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his right index finger. He will be assessed over the coming days.

Cristiano Piccini has been diganosed with an adductor longus injury t his left leg. He will be examined again on Monday.

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:37:24 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99016/medical-report-i-neto-and-piccini.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99013/kondogbia-i-am-very-proud-to-wear-the-captains-armband-of-this-great-club.html <![CDATA[Kondogbia: "I am very proud to wear the captain's armband of this great club"]]> Geoffrey Kondogbia played 90 minutes for the first time since December 12th (against Manchester United), including wearing the captain's armband for the second half against Celtic.

He spoke to VCF MEDIA after the brilliant 0-2 win at Celtic Park in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32.

Captaining the side

"I am very proud to wear the captain's armband of this great club, an historic club, and I am very happy about that. I hope I can enjoy many more years here."

The game

We are very happy, because we knew it was a very difficult game. Playing at Celtic Park is not easy, but we did our job. Now we turn our focus on LaLiga, where we'll keep trying to win and wait for the second leg against Celtic. The team have worked hard these last few months and we are playing better. We must use this moment to continue working and improve even more.

Playing 90 minutes

I'm gradually getting back on the pace. Now I have to work every day in order to be in top form up until the end of the season.

LaLiga

We've got a very important game coming up next. We have to get as many points as possible, so we'll keep working hard to win as many games as we can. Valencia CF aren't a small club. It's a very demanding place to be. I want to thank the fans, because they have never given up on us. They've always been behind us. I think that it's a good thing for us, and we have to carry on like this with their support.

26th birthday

I have received many congratulatory messages for my birthday and I want to thank the fans for their affection.

 

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:04:55 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99013/kondogbia-i-am-very-proud-to-wear-the-captains-armband-of-this-great-club.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99011/cheryshevs-great-form-continues-against-celtic.html <![CDATA[Cheryshev's great form continues against Celtic]]> The scorer of Valencia CF's second goal against Celtic in the away leg of their UEFA Europa League tie, Denis Cheryshev formed a killer combination with new teammate Rubén Sobrino at Celtic Park.

The performance was the latest impressive showing for the Russian, who had also scored against Real Betis in the Copa del Rey, set up a goal for Rodrigo in the comeback against Getafe and shone against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

"We're taking away a great result. The team were very compact in defence and we took advantage of the few mistakes Celtic made. We leave Celtic Park very happy," said Cheryshev after the game.

"We're getting that little bit of luck that we were lacking before, we're scoring goals and we have to continue working in the same way -both those who are playing more, and those who are featuring less frequently. Everyone is going to be important right to the end," he added.

"Now we have to focus on the next game, on Sunday against RCD Espanyol. They are going to make things very difficult for us, but we have Mestalla behind us and we will be keen for the victory."

 

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:49:40 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99011/cheryshevs-great-form-continues-against-celtic.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99010/sobrino-nominated-for-best-player-of-the-matchday-in-europa-league.html <![CDATA[Sobrino nominated for Best Player Of The Matchday in Europa League]]> Making his Valencia CF and European debut against Celtic, Rubén Sobrino earned a place on the shortlist for the Player Of The Matchday award for the UEFA Europa League. He joins Chelsea's Ross Barkley, Viktoria Plzen's Ludek Pernica and Napoli's José Callejón as candidates for the honour.

Speaking to VCF Media, the winter signing said that "I'm very happy and providing a goal and an assist made it a dream debut. I'm very happy with how I played, but above all with the victory. Ever since I found out about Valencia CF's interest in me, I was honoured, and I'm going to give everything for the club. I'm sure that, with hard work. more goals and assists will come."

"The game started intensely, and here the fans really get on your back, but we didn't really struggle. We were well positioned on the pitch. Cheryshev and I ran a lot, and tried to cut out their counterattacks. The team should be very happy tonight. I hope that we keep this confidence up, to take the three points at Mestalla in LaLiga this weekend."

 

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:30:51 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99010/sobrino-nominated-for-best-player-of-the-matchday-in-europa-league.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99009/marcelino-this-tie-isnt-decided-yet--but-its-well-set-up.html <![CDATA[Marcelino: "This tie isn't decided yet, but it's well set up"]]> Marcelino García Toral was happy with the showing from his side against Celtic, and reflected positively on the 0-2 win at Celtic Park in his post-match press conference.

"We had a great game. From a defensive point of view, we played at a very high level, which is the product of the huge commitment from our players. We stretched the opposition gradually and the first goal was an important moment. The second goal at the start of the second half provides us with a very favourable situation," he told journalists.

"The two strikers helped a lot when we didn't have the ball, and ran their hearts out. They helped us to counterattack and always provided an outlet for the passes. With two strikers out, we had to use Cheryshev and Sobrino, who performed very well. They are two versatile players who will be good for us with so many games. Overall, we played really well, were fluid, defended well and attacked in an organised way," the coach continued.

"The atmosphere was extraordinary. Fortunately, we managed to limit it with our play. We competed in every phase and showed once again that the enormous commitment from the players is what needs to continue in the present and the future."

"I would have taken a 0-2 result if it were offered to me before the game. The 2-2 result in the Copa del Rey, I wouldn't have taken, as it's just a small advantage. This tie isn't decided yet, but it's well set up. We would have to make a big mistake to not go through," he concluded after a memorable night in Scotland.

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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:33:29 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99009/marcelino-this-tie-isnt-decided-yet--but-its-well-set-up.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99008/lato-we-were-the-better-side.html <![CDATA[Lato: "We were the better side"]]> Three years ago, Toni Lato played at Celtic Park with the Valencia CF Juvenil A team. He was back at the Glasgow ground this Thursday, playing for the first team. The fullback reflected on the game immediately after the final whistle.

"It was an even game and we were able to be patient, knowing that the fans were going to get on our backs. We waited to get our chances and made the most of them. We were the better side tonight," said the Spaniard.

"This is a spectacular place to play, and you enjoy yourself playing here, but we had the patience and personality to set the tie up well. We'll take things game by game, but we got a good result here and we're going to try to go as far as possible in a very important competition."

On his return to Celtic Park, Lato said that "personally, I have good memories of here. Three years ago we got through to the next round of the Youth League on penalties, and today we were able to win to put the tie in our favour."

 

 

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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:28:14 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99008/lato-we-were-the-better-side.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99007/sobrinos-dream-debut.html <![CDATA[Sobrino's dream debut]]> Ruben Sobrino had a dream debut in the UEFA Europa League game against Celtic, playing a vital role in his side's 0-2 win at Celtic Park. The winter signing played the entire 90 minutes, set up Denis Cheryshev for the opening goal, and scored the second to put Valencia CF in a favourable position for the second leg.

Making his first appearance for the club, his first appearance in Europe and lining up for the first time alongside Cheryshev, Sobrino was a standout performer right from the start. Almost at the end of the first half, he squared for his Russian teammate to slot the ball home and make it 0-1.

After the break, Cheryshev returned the favour, swinging a ball in from the left for Sobrino to stretch his leg to turn into the net. It was his first goal since November 11th of last season, when he scored for former club Deportivo Alavés against Huesca in LaLiga.

Following a successful opening game for Valencia CF, Sobrino has shown that he is quickly adapting to his new club.

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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:06:25 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99007/sobrinos-dream-debut.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99006/kondogbia-to-miss-the-second-leg-at-mestalla-after-sanction-.html <![CDATA[Kondogbia to miss the second leg at Mestalla after sanction ]]> In the 82nd minute Geoffrey Kondogbia was booked with a yellow card by the referee. That means he will miss the second leg match next Thursday at Mestalla against Celtic. The international midfielder will complete the cycle of three yellow cards and will be a spectator in the second match of the Europa League tie.

 

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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:04:26 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/99006/kondogbia-to-miss-the-second-leg-at-mestalla-after-sanction-.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/98752/lovely-away-win-at-celtic-0-2.html <![CDATA[Lovely away win at Celtic (0-2)]]> Valencia CF played versus Celtic Football Club in the first leg of the round of 32 tie in the UEFA Europa League at Celtic Park at 9 pm kick-off time (8 pm) BST in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday night.

Valencia CF had a positive start to the match looking to hit Celtic on the break. The first chance came in the 18th minute with a top corner bound header from Wass tipped around by the keeper. Daniel Wass tested the keeper again with a long-range shot over the halfway mark in the match but it was comfortably saved by the keeper.

Denis Cheryshev gave Valencia CF the breakthrough following a well-worked collective move which was started off by Parejo who knocked it on behind the Celtic Football Club defence into Rubén Sobrino who put it on a plate to Denis Cheryshev who poked it in on 41 minutes.

The first half finished 1-0 for Valencia CF who got a significant away goal into half time at Parkhead.

Valencia CF were off to a dream start with an early second-half goal in pretty similar fashion to the first one. Francis Coquelin won the ball and sent a brilliant ball out wide into Cheryshev who switched roles with Rubén Sobrino to hand him his debut goal for Valencia CF. An easy tap-in to double VCF’s lead.

Valencia CF came close to making it three goals to the good through Gameiro and dangerous arrivals into the box. The match finished 0-2 for Valencia CF who take a significant two-goal lead into the second leg at Mestalla on the 21st of February. Valencia CF will welcome RCD Espanyol on Sunday 17th of February at 4.15 pm at Mestalla on matchday 24 of LaLiga Santander.

Match Details:

0. Celtic FC: Scott Bain, Toljan, Boyata, Simunovic, Emilio Izaguirre, Scott Brown ©, Forrest, McGregor, Christie (Edouard, 59), Sinclair (Weah, 59) and Oliver Burke.

2. Valencia CF: Neto, Piccini (Gameiro, min 77), Garay, Diakhaby, Lato, Parejo © (Coquelin, min 46), Kondogbia, Carlos Soler, Wass, Cheryshev (Guedes, min 64) and Rubén Sobrino.

Goals: 0-1, min. 41: Cheryshev, after a Sobrino pass. 0-2, min. 49: Sobrino, after Cheryshev's pass.

Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (Romania). He booked Burke (83 ') and Toljan (88); for CFC and Kondogbia (84 ') for VCF.

Observations: First leg of the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League played at Celtic Park before 60,400 spectators, with around 400 Valencia CF fans in the stands. Before the game, a minute of silence was observed in memory of Emiliano Sala and the players wore bracelets in their memory. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was in the box.

 

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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:39:04 +0100 http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/98752/lovely-away-win-at-celtic-0-2.html
http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/98715/vcf%80s-perfect-pairs.html <![CDATA[VCF’s perfect pairs]]> Albelda-Baraja

The two Spaniards enjoyed longevity at Mestalla, starting out as bit-part players at the club and becoming part of Valencia CF’s golden era. Progressing side-by-side and developing as players as inseparable parts of the team, David Albelda and Rubén Baraja also put in performances for the national side that set the bar high.

Baraja joined from Atletico Madrid ahead of the 2000/01 season and lifted two LaLiga trophies, one Copa del Rey, one UEFA Cup and one European Super Cup for the club.

Albelda’s trophy cabinet has a similar array of medals: Twice winner of the Spanish league, a regular in the Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup, and European Super Cup-winning side and, as a consequence, part of the illustrious 2004 team chosen as 'The Best Club in the World.'The pair shone individually and as a duo in the midfield, and their performances together were an essential part of some of Valencia CF's most unforgettable moments.

Pellegrino-Ayala

Roberto Fabián Ayala formed a rock-solid partnership in the VCF backline with Mauricio Pellegrino, and they went on to win two LaLiga titles, a UEFA Cup and a European Super Cup under Rafa Benítez.

Ayala had an uncanny ability to read the game and anticipate the opposition's movement. Another of his virtues was his charisma and leadership skills. He became the team’s captain and was one of those players who gave his all on the pitch and was the embodiment of the club's pride and determination.

He played a stunning 24,000 minutes for the club and was an integral part of the two league double-winning sides, also winning the UEFA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup. He made a vital contribution to the club’s most glorious period and took part in the side widely-recognised as the best Valencia CF team of all time.

Mauricio Pellegrino was a disciplined centre-back with great aerial prowess, who provided an ideal counterbalance to his fellow Argentine's qualities.

Villa-Silva

David Villa and David Silva, 'El Guaje' and 'El Mago,' are two of Valencia CF's most famous players of recent times, and regarded as two of the greatest of all time. The pair played alongside one another at Mestalla from 2006/07, when Silva returned from loan spells at Eibar and Celta Vigo (Villa had joined from Real Zaragoza the previous season) and formed one of the slickest attacking alliances LaLiga has ever seen. Silva was the master playmaker, and Villa provided the goals as well as being the league's top assist provider in their first campaign together.

With Valencia CF, they won the 2008 Copa del Rey, and their success carried over to the national team, with which they lifted the 2008 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup. The alliance lasted until the summer of 2010.

 

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http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/98714/sobrino-excited-ahead-of-possible-debut.html <![CDATA[Sobrino excited ahead of possible debut]]> Winter signing Rubén Sobrino could make his Valencia CF debut on Thursday night against Celtic, as he travelled with the squad to Scotland for the Europa League showdown.

The new arrival is one of the players in contention to replace Santi Mina and Rodrigo in the VCF attack, with both unavailable through injuries. He spoke after Wednesday night's training at Celtic Park to give his thoughts.

"Being able to play in this competition is a boost for any player. I think that the majority of players dream about playing in these types of competitions. It's also a dream for me to play here," he told VCF MEDIA.

"It's a really nice ground. We've seen Champions League and Europa League games here, and it stands out because of the atmosphere. I hope I'm lucky enough to be able to play here. We'll try to enjoy ourselves and hopefully take away a victory."

Sobrino has spent just a few weeks with the group, but has been impressed with what he's seen so far.

"The squad have come through that little dip that they had. I've been surprised by the unity in the group. I hope that we carry on like this, so that we can all continue to grow."

"I'm also aware that the fans are excited about this competition. We have chances in all three competitions and I know that everyone is motivated. I think that the players are as well."

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http://en.valenciacf.com/ver/98707/match-preview-cfc-vs-vcf.html <![CDATA[Match Preview: CFC vs VCF]]> Valencia CF will play versus Celtic Football Club in the first leg of the round of 32 tie in the UEFA Europa League at Celtic Park at 9 pm kick-off time (8 pm) BST in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday night.

History:

Valencia CF eliminated Celtic Football Club in their two previous clashes. Valencia CF won 6-4 on aggregate in the 1962-63 Fairs Cup first round and on penalties in the 2001-02 UEFA Cup round of 32 (1-1 on aggregate, 5-4 on penalties).

Press Conferences:

Marcelino:

“We‘ll be playing against a very good Celtic FC team. They‘ll be difficult to play against, especially at home, and got through a very strong group. “We’ve been told it’s a spectacular atmosphere and one of the best in European football. We are excited to experience this.

Gameiro: "We want to start this competition strong."

Brendan Rodgers: “They’re a very good side. They're a fast team and we'll anticipate a really tough game.

Oliver Burke: “I’m really looking forward to the game tomorrow. It’s an amazing stadium and exciting crowd so can’t wait for it.

Team News:

VCF:

Santi Mina, Jose Luis Gayà and Rodrigo Moreno did not make the matchday squad through injury.

CFC:

Eboue Kouassi, Daniel Arzani Filip Benkovic, Tom Rogic Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo will miss the match.

Coverage: #CelticVCF,#UEL

 

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