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Valencia CF vs Las Palmas

Aug, 18 / 22:15 Matchday 1

LaLiga - Matchday 15 - 10/12/2016 16:15h

Real Sociedad 3
2' Willian José, 24' Willian José, 91' Juanmi
2 Valencia CF
36' Daniel Parejo, 93' Zakaria Bakkali
Match info

Valencia CF go down battling against Real Sociedad

December, 10 2016 -

Valencia showed fighting spirit but it was not enough as they went down 3-2 away to Real Sociedad in LaLiga on Saturday.

The blanquinegros had to work their way back into the game after a Willian José double with headers from corners put Real into a commanding lead early on.

A Dani Parejo penalty following a foul on substitute Santi Mina brought Valencia back into the game but in the second half they were unable to convert their hard work into many clear-cut chances.

Dani Alves performed another fine penalty save from Carlos Vela before a dramatic injury time when Juanmi and Bakkali both got goals.

Real have started the season well playing some exciting attacking football but they took on the blanquinegros having lost heavily away to Deportivo la Coruña 5-1 in their previous game.

Valencia returned to a flat back four due to the injury for Ezequiel Garay and with Eliaquim Mangala also only fit enough for a place on the bench. Martín Montoya was also switched to left back with Jose Luis Gayà another who was not ready for 90 minutes.

Prandelli’s side were looking for a lift after their draw at home to Málaga but went behind after Xabi Prieto flicked on a corner for Willian Jose to head home after two minutes.

With Real's tails up David Zututuza also hit a shot wide from inside the area before Valencia began to find their feet.

Montoya had a dangerous strike saved by Gerónomi Rulli with the game becoming a hotly disputed midfield battle but then Valencia went further behind from another corner with Willian José getting his second with a header.

Still only midway through the first half, Prandelli decided to make a change and he decided to bring on Mina for Fede Cartabia with the youngster pushed further forward into a trident attack and he made an immediate impact.

Mina was brought down by Raúl Navas and Valencia’s set-piece specialist Parejo competently dispatched the spot-kick.

The Valencia players came out charged up for the second half and looked to take the game to the Basque side but they could have gone further behind but for yet another excellent penalty save by Alves this season.

Carlos Vela was brought down by Aderllan Santos and Alves guessed correctly to block the Mexican’s spot-kick.

Each ball was being battled for in midfield with Real concentrating on being solid and counter-attacking with players that have the pace and quality to cause damage. Valencia looked to press forward but they struggled to make a consistent impact with plenty of stoppages.

Mario Suárez had a volley over the crossbar after the Real defence cleared a Parejo free-kick but at the other end Alves did well to deny a Zurutuza strike from the right of the area.

In the hard-fought battle there were a number of yellow cards for both sides and Joao Cancelo was sent after being booked a second time.

In injury time Real conceded again with Vela crossing for Juanmi to slot the ball home and there was still time for Bakkali to pick his spot well inside the area to get Valencia’s second of the game. He was set free by a Parejo pass over the top and got round the ‘keeper before finding the corner.

Lineups

Real Sociedad: Rulli; Martínez, Navas, Martínez, Yuri; Prieto, Illarramendi, Zurutuza; Vela, Willian José (Juanmi 48mins); Oyarzabal (Canales 72mins)

Valencia CF: Alves; Cancelo, Aderllan, Abdennour, Montoya; Parejo, Suárez (Soler 78mins), Medrán; Cartabia (Mina 35mins), Munir (Bakkali 72mins), Rodrigo

Goals: 1-0 Willian José 2mins; 2-0 Willian José 24mins; 2-1 Parejo (p) 36mins; 3-1 Juanmi 91mins; 3-2 Bakkali 93mins

Referee: Estrada Fernández. Yellow cards: Navas, Illarramendi, Vela (Real Sociedad), Montoya, Abdennour, Parejo, Bakkali. Sent off Cancelo for two yellow cards

  • Possession

    REA 64-36 VAL

  • Shots

    REA 15-9 VAL

  • Cards

    REA 4-5 VAL

  • Corners

    REA 8-4 VAL

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