VCF Mestalla have it all to play for at the Carlos Belmonte (0-1) June, 17 2017 - A hard result for VCF Mestalla to take, after they controlled possession and created the better chances in the game. A goal from Gila gave Albacete the win. Mestalla was rocking for the last VCF Mestalla home game of the season in the final round of the play-offs. The Blanquinegros started strongly, winning the early battle for control of the midfield and looking to create danger down the wings. Nacho Gil and Nacho Vidal saw plenty of the ball, with the full-back constantly offering options on the overlap and putting balls in to the box from the by-line. However, Albacete were able to soak up the VCF Mestalla pressure and looked to attack on the break when they could. Their goal arrived on the 28th minute, when Eloy Gila managed to find space and get on the end of a cross, guiding it past Antonio Sivera. The goal did little to change the Valencianista game plan, and Curro Torres’ side continued to attack, looking to get themselves back in the game. In fact, Rafa Mir came close to doing so on the 38th minute. Nacho Vidal beat his man down the right and found the centre-forward in the box but his effort was well saved by Tomeu, who just managed to get his hands to the ball and prevent the equaliser. The first half came to a close with Albacete a goal up, but VCF Mestalla playing well and creating chances, although perhaps missing that bit of luck they needed in front of goal. The second half saw two early chances for VCF Mestalla. The first fell to Aridai, whose shot from outside the box was just off target. Minutes later, Eugeni couldn’t quite get on the end of a beautifully delivered cross from Nacho Gil. The fans were on their feet, roaring on Curro Torres’ side, and the team kept on playing at an incredibly high intensity, pressing as a unit and looking to create chances. VCF Mestalla’s fitness levels could certainly not be called into question; time after time Nacho Vidal and Lato got up the wings to put in crosses, but the goal just wouldn’t come. The referee blew for full-time with the score at 0-1, a result which leaves all to be played for next Sunday at 8:30pm in the second leg at the Estadio Carlos Belmonte. The Mestalla crowed rose to applaud the players off, with everybody looking forward to the second part of the battle for promotion next weekend. Match Details: VCF Mestalla 0: Antonio Sivera, Nacho Vidal, Lato, Zotko, Charlie, Gregorio, Nacho Gil, Quim ©, Rafa Mir(Jordi Sánchez, min. 70), Eugeni (Cifu, min. 84) and Alberto Gil (Aridai, min. 46). Albacete Balompié 1: Tomeu Nadal, Álvaro Arroyo, Javi Noblejas (Cristian Galas, min. 59), Carlos Delgado ©, Gaffoor, Rafa Gálvez, Iván Sánchez (Josan, min. 65), Marc Rovirola, Aridane, Eloy Gila and José Fran. Goals: 1-0 Eloy Gila (Min. 28). Referee: Sergio Pérez Muley, from Madrid, showed yellow cards to Delgado (min. 61), Marc Rovirola (min. 64), Rafa Galvez (min. 65) and Josan (min. 85) for Albacete Balompié, and Alberto Gil (min. 36), Nacho Gil (min.45), Zotko (min.75) and Lato (min.82) for Valencia CF Mestalla. Observations: First leg of the third and final round of the play-offs for promotion to la Liga 1|2|3, played at Mestalla in front of 23,000 fans. A minute’s silence was held in memory of Ignacio Echeverría. Copyright 2013-2017 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.