VCF’s third pre-season game, against the NY Cosmos, ended in a 2-0 defeat, thanks to two goals from Calvillo and Ledesma.
Valencia CF lined up for kick-off with a starting eleven of Neto, Nacho Vidal, Javi Jiménez, Abdennour, Centelles, Nacho Gil, Eugeni, Maksimovic, Orellana, Rafa Mir and Zaza. The aim for the Blanquinegros was to continue building on the good start to the pre-season and pick up a third consecutive win, after having beaten FC Lausanne and Sporting de Portugal in Switzerland.
VCF’s superior quality was clear from the very beginning of the game, keeping control of the ball and looking to make the opposition chase the ball. However, NY Cosmos began to grow into the match and came closest to breaking the deadlock when Starikov hit the post and forced Neto into conceding a corner. The referee blew up for half-time with honours even at 0-0 and all still to play for.
Early into the second half, Rafa Mir came close to opening the scoring but he failed to convert when through on goal. Marcelino made changes, bringing on Jaume, Vezo, Lato, Nando and Negredo first of all (later on Medrán, Montoya and Parejo would also be brought on). The deadlock was broken by Calvillo with a shot from inside the box. Abdennour was close to equalising with a powerful header from a free kick from Eugeni, but Zobeck turned his effort round for a corner. The opposition were looking to seal their win, and after a great save from Jaume, Ledesma finished to make the final score 2-0 for the NY Cosmos.
After the game, Rodrigo Moreno and Ezequiel Garay, who suffered muscle injuries, will return to Valencia to continue with recovery work. Maksimovic will also travel back to Valencia because the US authorities have not provided him with the necessary visa.
NY Cosmos: Zobeck, Richter, Ochieng, Mulligan, Hawkins, Flores, Guerra, Ledesma, Calvillo, Starikov, Vranjican. Moyal, Craft, Bardic and Menjivar also played.
Goals: 1-0, Calvillo, min 53; 2-0, Ledesma, min 77
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