Celta de Vigo vs Valencia CF

Jan, 19 / 20:45 Matchday 20

LaLiga - Matchday 17 - 23/12/2017 16:15h

Valencia CF 0
1 Villarreal
24' Carlos Bacca
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Valencia CF end 2017 with an unfair defeat against Villarreal CF (0-1)

December, 23 2017 -

Marcelino's side deserved far more than a 1-0 defeat at Mestalla on Saturday

Valencia CF were desperately unlucky to be beaten by Villarreal at Mestalla on Matchday 17, after dominating possession, creating chances and having a strong penalty appeal turned down. It means Marcelino’s side end 2017 with a defeat, but remain in third place in the LaLiga table after a terrific first half of the season.

Marcelino’s starting XI saw returns for Simone Zaza, Gonçalo Guedes and Ezequiel Garay, while José Luis Gayà had to settle for a place on the bench. The home side started well and soon took control of the game. After only a minute, Andreas Pereira shot over the bar from just inside the box, and shortly afterwards Zaza tested Sergio Asenjo from long range.

After such a positive start from Valencia CF, it was a surprise when Villarreal opened the scoring with 23 minutes gone. The visitors struck on the counter attack, Pablo Fornals playing in Carlos Bacca to slot past Neto at the near post. Despite that setback, the home team remained firmly on top, and had a goal disallowed with halftime approaching for a marginal offside call. Rodrigo had the ball in the back of the net from Lato’s cross, with the flag already raised.

Moments later, Valencia should have had the chance to equalise. Manu Trigueros raised his arm as he challenged Rodrigo in the air and the result was a clear handball inside the area. The referee however waved away Valencia’s vociferous penalty appeals. In the second half, Marcelino’s team continued as they had left off, Zaza forcing Asenjo to make an early save. More good opportunities followed, as the Italian striker’s shot was blocked at close range, before Gabriel Paulista’s stopping header rebounded back off the bar.

Soon afterwards, Zaza was sent off for a second yellow card, but being down to ten men didn’t prevent the home side from continuing to dominate and push for an equaliser. With 82 minutes gone, Manu Trigueros was sent off to make it ten versus ten in the closing stages. Valencia couldn’t make the breakthrough, though, as Villarreal held on for the win. Next up for Valencia CF after the Christmas break: a Copa del Rey last 16 first leg game, away at Las Palmas on January 3rd.

Match details:

0 Valencia CF: Neto, Montoya, Garay, Gabriel Paulista, Lato, Parejo, Kondogbia, Andreas, Guedes, Rodrigo, Zaza.

1 Villarreal CF: Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, Víctor Ruiz, Álvaro, Rukavina, Trigueros, Rodrigo, Fornals, Samu Castillejo, Bacca, Bakambu.

Goals: 0-1. M.30: Bacca.

Referee: Trujillo Suárez.

Details: Matchday 17 in Liga 2017-18, played on Saturday afternoon (16.15 CET) with 39,181 fans present. Before kick-off there was a minute’s silence for former player Higinio García and legendary Valencia fan Pepe Vaello.

  • Posesión del balón %

    VAL 55-45 VIL

  • Tiros a puerta

    VAL 22-9 VIL

  • Tarjetas

    VAL 6-4 VIL

  • Corners

    VAL 14-1 VIL