VCF - Cel


Valencia CF vs Celtic

Feb, 21 / 18:55 Matchday 8

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FC Köln 3
2 Valencia CF
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Valencia CF unable to overcome FC Köln (3-2)

August, 02 2015 - Second match in the Cologne Cup

Valencia CF faced their second game of the Cologne Cup 2015 on Sunday, eventually losing 3-2 to home side FC Köln. The game had a different tone to the more cautious match against FC Porto the previous evening, and featured a wealth of attacking play from both sides.

Nuno Espírito Santo changed his starting lineup from that which began Saturday’s game, allowing playing time to some less frequently featured members of the squad. In opening minutes Valencia CF were assured, unhurried and looking for the best pass. FC Köln were organised in defence and attempted to make the most of the chances they earned with their intense pressing.

With Bakkali and Rodrigo de Paul especially influential on play, Valencia CF attacked down the wings, although the German defence were well placed to deny an excess of chances. FC Köln went ahead on the scoreboard with two quick goals, marking a turning point in the match. From that moment on, VCF began to control the situation and take advantage, once again, of their better tactics. Solid at the back, they would steal balls from wide and push forward quickly.

It was on 41 minutes that Javi Fuego struck for the first goal for Valencia CF, after a spectacular shot from Rodrigo de Paul that had crashed into the crossbar. At the break, Valencia CF were behind on the scoresheet but had looked the better side.

In the second half, VCF stepped things up in search of an equaliser, whilst FC Köln sought to maintain their advantage. Both teams fought for every ball as if it were the last chance of the match. Nuno’s side closed spaces and tried to use speed to break forward, but their opponents focused on maintaining pressure off the ball. The hosts made it 3-1 shortly after the restart.

Valencia CF's second goal came after a great move by Alvaro Negredo 54 minutes in. A pass from Javi Fuego, set Negredo up perfectly on the left hand side for a first time hit, sending the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.

Nuno made a triple change on 72 minutes, taking off Feghouli, Bakkali and Zahibo and introducing Danilo, Alcacer and Cancelo. However, Valencia CF did not quite feel comfortable on the pitch in the second half, and chances for both teams occurred before the end. FC Köln held out for the 3-2 win on home soil, and the final whistle concluded an intense training camp in Germany for Valencia CF.


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