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Valencia CF fall to Palace friendly defeat

Agosto, 06 2016 -

Valencia CF conceded two penalties as they went down 3-1 in their preseason friendly against Crystal Palace where youngster Eugeni got their only goal.

Martín Montoya and Nani both made their debuts in the second match of the England trip where Valencia showed some promising football and the match was decided by the penalties.

Connor Wickham put Palace ahead of ten minutes and then he got a second from the penalty spot before half time. Mile Jedinak also struck with a spot-kick after 68 minutes.

Valencia lost Nani with ten minutes to go with an apparent injury before Eugeni pulled a goal back.

Coach Pako Ayestarán again shuffled his pack as he tries out players and tactics during preseason with youngsters Lato and Soler coming into the side while Fede also started on the wing.

The blanquinegros had a couple of early chances in promising positions through Paco Alcácer and Santi Mina that went wide while Yannick Bolasie had a strike at the other end which didn’t trouble keeper Maty Ryan.

Valencia had a lot of the ball and the young players looked comfortable but they were caught out at the back with Wickham flicking in a cross by Pape Souare.

They threatened the Palace goal with Medrán threading a delightful pass for Alcácer who shot wide and then the latter was put through by Mina and although he brought the ball down well, his effort was blocked by keeper Wayne Hennessey.

Crystal Palace’s tactics were to sit deep and look to hit Valencia on the counter-attack and they did so successfully for a second time when Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Cancelo for a penalty. While Ryan made a great block to deny Wickham’s spot-kick, the striker was on hand to knock in the rebound.

Cancelo then also went off injured and it was the chance for Montoya to make his debut while Nani also played his first match in a Valencia shirt at the start of the second half with Ayestarán making a number of changes.

Rodrigo came on and made some driving runs while Dani Parejo, playing his first minutes of the preseason, added order to midfield. There was more intensity generally to the Valencia play and at times the game got heated despite only being a friendly.

Parejo had a free-kick narrowly over the crossbar while at the other end Wickham had a shot blocked by Ryan, and then Valencia conceded a second penalty.

Santos brought down Keshi Anderson in the box and while Ryan again dived the right way he couldn’t get a hand to Jedinak’s spot-kick.

Valencia continued to push forward and Nani was unlucky with a shot that hit the post before going off shortly afterwards.

Eugeni gave some cheer for the Valencia fans at Selhurst Park with a 20 yard strike that hit the back of the net.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Jedinak, Puncheon, Towsend, Zaha, Bolasie, Wickham (also played Lee, Williams, Anderson, Dreher, Kaikai, Speroni, Wynter, Croll, Boateng)

Valencia CF: Ryan, Cancelo, Santos, Orban, Lato, Enzo Pérez, Medrán, Carlos Soler, Fede, Paco Alcácer, Santi Mina (also played Montoya, Rodrigo, Nani, Gaya, Eugeni, Fuego, Parejo, Mir, Abdennour)

Goals: 1-0 Wickham min 10; 2-0 Wickham min 38 (p); 3-0 Jedinak min 68 (p), 3-1 Eugeni min 82.

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