VCF Mestalla show play-off mettle (1-1) May, 07 2017 - A late Aridai wonder strike snatched a point away at Lleida for VCF Mestalla, having already clinched their play-off spot at Villareal CF expense a milestone for Curro Torres'side after 15 years.VCF Mestalla travelled to Lleida to take on Lleida Esportiu in the Camp d’Esports on Sunday at 6pm, in an important game on Matchday 37 of Segunda B Grupo III. VCF Mestalla were off to a bright start in the game on 9 minutes, Quim Araujo rattled the crossbar after a great passage of play from VCF Mestalla.Four minutes later, his fellow striker Rafa Mir headed the ball wide following a Cifu corner kick. The aforementioned Cifu forced the opposition keeper into a full-stretch save halfway through the first half. The home side scored the opener against the run of play following a VCF Mestalla defensive mistake. Nierga found himself on a one on one situation with the keeper. On 28 minutes VCF Mestalla came close to scoring the equalising goal following a dangerous Nacho Vidal cross that Rafa Mir could not meet. Two minutes later, the opposition goalkeeper was forced into action again to a close range Charlie shot. The home side were edging VCF Mestalla at the break. VCF Mestalla came out in the second half showing their stalls in attack. On 53 minutes Cifu tried his luck with a poweful snapshot from outside the area straight at the keeper. Ten minutes later, over the hour mark in the game Rafa Mir goal was disallowed for offside.VCF Mestalla were being relentless up front but lacking cutting edge; On 79 minutes, Sito tested the keeper from long range but he was equal to it. Marc Ferri pulled off a sensational one-hand stop to keep VCF Mestalla in the game with only nine minutes of normal time left to play. VCF Mestalla’s perseverance paid off with one minute of normal time left to play. Quim threaded a deft forward pass into Aridai who rifled it first time with a thunderous volley.VCF Mestalla add a point to tally ahead of the final game where they will host Badalona, needing a win or replicate Badalona’s result to finally secure the third place. Match details: 1 Lleida: Alvaro Campos ©, Oscar Rubio, Quintilla, Mikel Fernández, Andreu, Noel, Cristian Alfonso (Valiente, m. 70), Albisua, Nierga, Cristian Gómez (Javi López, m. 54), Miki Muñoz (Arnau, m. 66) 1 VCF Mestalla: Ferri, Nacho Vidal, Lato, Charlie, Ayala ©, Grego (Nacho Gilm. 70), Quim, Cifu (Eugeni m. 65), Alberto Gil, Sito (Aridai, m. 80) and Rafa Mir. Goals: 1-0, Nierga, m. 24, 1-1, Aridai m. 89. Referee: José Joaquín Gallego booked Rafa Mir and Nacho Gil for VCF Mestalla, and Noel and Albisua for Lleida. Observations: Fixture corresponding to Matchday 37 of Segunda B Grupo III at Camp d’ Esports Lleida in front of 2,000 spectators in attendance including VCF Sports Director, José Ramón Alesanco and VCF Academy Director, Luis Vicente Mateo. Copyright 2013-2016 Valencia Club De Fútbol. Quoting text from this article is permitted provided that en.valenciacf.com is credited as source, with a clickable link. Photographs by Lázaro de la Peña, re-use is not permitted.