LaLiga - Jornada 34 - 26/04/2017 20:30h

Valencia CF 2
68' Nani, 72' Simone Zaza
3 Real Sociedad
1' Diego Alves (pp), 30' Willian José, 65' Mikel Oyarzabal
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Voro’s side fought right until the very last second, but they couldn’t complete the come-back.

Abril, 26 2017 -


Valencia CF couldn’t top off their good reaction in the second half and ended up losing 2-3 at home to Real Sociedad, in an exciting game in which the Blanquinegros did everything possible and impossible to get a draw which just wouldn´t come, due to some really bad luck.

The game couldn’t have started any worse for the home team with the opening goal from Real Sociedad after 35 seconds. A long ball from de Iñigo Martínez was flicked on by Canales into the path of Juanmi, and the striker put the ball through Alves’ legs. With people still taking their seats in the ground, Eusebio Sacristán’s team had drawn first blood, a hammer blow which affected the Valencianistas.

Valencia CF started to come into the match. The speed of Nani, with Orellana and Munir moving between lines, began to cause problems for the away defence. Enzo Pérez won a ball in the midfield, drove towards goal and shot, although his effort went over.

But on the half-hour mark another of the game’s key figures emerged, referee Del Cerro Grande, who awarded a penalty after Siqueira and Odriozola came together. The Valencia CF full-back tried to hold on to possession and the striker threw himself to the ground. Protests from the fans and the Blanquinegro players fell upon deaf ears and once again Valencia CF had a dubious penalty given against them.

It seems like it’s very easy to penalise the Valencianistas this season. Tonight’s penalty now makes it a total of 12 given against them, equalling the record from 1997-98. Willian José put the penalty away and made it 0-2. An unjust scoreline in terms of the game that everyone was seeing. From that point until the end of the first half there was little action of note.

After the break, Voro replaced Siqueira, who had been booked, with Lato. The aim was clear, score quickly to get back in the game. Nani tested the ‘keeper with a cross-shot. Real Sociedad, without having done anything in the second half up to that point made it 0-3 in a quick move which was finished by Oyarzábal.

Valencia CF didn’t give up and a header from Santos was handballed by Yuri. The official pointed to the spot and Nani made it 1-3 with a classy penalty. He sent the ‘keeper the wrong way and drove the ball into the back of the net. This goal gave Voro’s side wings, and Zaza soon made it 2-3. The Italian got on the end of a cross from Cancelo to make the game exciting and get the crowd going. Soon after, Zaza had the chance to bag the equaliser, but he couldn’t guide his header into the goal.

The game suddenly went crazy. Real became nervous and Valencia CF looked more and more confident that they would be able to get the goal. Cancelo was motoring down the right wing and put various dangerous crosses in, but the strikers failed to get on the end of one. Santos couldn’t quite get to a back post cross and although Valencia CF kept on fighting, the equaliser proved elusive. In the end they weren’t rewarded for the effort they had made to try to come back.

Match Details:

2. Valencia CF: Diego Alves, Montoya, Santos, Garay, Siqueira (Lato, m. 46), Enzo Pérez, Carlos Soler, Nani (Santi Mina, m. 68), Orellana, Munir (Cancelo, m. 62) and Zaza.

3. Real Sociedad: Rulli, Yuri, Íñigo Martínez, Raúl Navas, Odriozola; Zurutuza, Illarramendi, Xabi Prieto, Juanmi, Canales (Granero, m. 75) and Willian José (Oyarzábal, m. 51).

Goals: 0-1. M. 1: Juanmi. 0-2. M. 30: Willian José, de penalti. 0-3. M. 65: Oyarzábal. 1-3. M. 67: Nani, de penalti. 2-3. M. 72: Zaza.

Referee: Del Cerro Grande (comité madrileño). Gave yellow vards to Siqueira, Garay, Zaza, Joao Cancelo for Valencia CF, and to Juanmi, Iñigo Martínez, William José for Real Sociedad.

Observations: Matchday 34 of LaLiga, played on Wednesday evening at 8.30pm at Mestalla. The Musical Society of Bocairent received the team on their arrival at the stadium and in the half-time break.