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Valencia CF vs Las Palmas

Aug, 18 / 22:15 Matchday 1

LaLiga - Matchday 12 - 20/11/2016 16:15h

Valencia CF 1
47' Nani
1 Granada CF
46' Mehdi Carcela-González
Match info

Valencia CF held at home by Granada CF

November, 20 2016 -

Nani hit equaliser in 1-1 draw after the break

A Nani strike at the start of the second half gave Valencia CF a 1-1 draw at home to Granada CF on Sunday in a game where they were unable to full advantage of their chances.

While Valencia dictated the play it was Granada that went ahead before the break through Mehdi Carcela.

Cesare Prandelli’s side did react immediately after the restart with Nani firing into the roof of the next from a Dani Parejo pass but while they pushed forward and had the chances, they were unable to get the winner.

Valencia faced a Granada side that was yet to win this season and coach Lucas Alcaraz chose to play Kravets on his own in attack while in a defensive formation that saw five at the back.

Prandelli brought Pérez back into midfield following suspension and José Luis Gayà also came into the defence after injury. Joao Cancelo was put into a more attacking right wing role where he has done so well this season and was once again a danger for the Andalusian side.

Nani shot wide inside the area after a Cancelo cross after ten minutes and the Portuguese swung in another ball that the keeper Ochoa cleared in front of Rodrigo Moreno.

Valencia had a lot of the ball with Granada looking to take the pace out of the match and on the counter Carcela had a tame shot that was easily blocked by Diego Alves.

Martin Montoya got forward and drove in a cross for Rodrigo who was denied by Ochoa and the shot-stopper also parried a Nani header. In between Carcela scampered down the Granada right and his cross just evaded Jeremie Boga.

A defensive mix-up saw Kravets burst clear and while he shot over, just before the break Granada did take the lead through Carcela.

Valencia brought on Munir El Haddadi after the break for Montoya with Cancelo dropping deeper and the latter was involved in the buildup by finding Parejo who squared for Nani to crack the ball home.

The blanquinegros had much more intensity to their play in the second half and were more threatening with their possession. Munir found Moreno inside the area but he couldn’t find the target and then Nani had a powerful drive from the edge of the area that flicked off Matthieu Saunier and went wide.

Zakaria Bakkali was also brought into the fray but with Granada keeping their players back it meant there was little space.

Bakkali drove a low shot that was blocked low by Ochoa with six minutes to go but Valencia couldn't find the winner.

Line-ups

Valencia CF: Alves; Montoya (Munir 45mins), Garay, Mangala, Gayà; Pérez, Suárez; Cancelo, Parejo, Nani (Bakkali 64mins); Rodrigo

Granada CF: Ochoa; Cuenca, Lombán, Saunier, Gaston Silva, Gabriel Silva; Carcela (Toral 87mins), Uche, Boga, Pereira (Samper 64mins); Kravets (Barral 78mins)

Goals: 1-0 Carcela 45mins; 1-1 Nani 47mins

Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández. Yellow cards: Cancelo (Valencia CF) Samper, Pereira, Toral (Granada CF)

  • Possession

    VAL 65-35 GRA

  • Shots

    VAL 15-9 GRA

  • Cards

    VAL 1-5 GRA

  • Corners

    VAL 11-2 GRA

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