VCF - Cel


Valencia CF vs Celtic

Feb, 21 / 18:55 Matchday 8

LaLiga - Matchday 20 - 20/01/2018 20:45h

Las Palmas 2
20' Jonathan Viera, 53' Jonathan Calleri
1 Valencia CF
5' Santi Mina
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Valencia CF unfortunate in UD Las Palmas defeat (2-1)

January, 20 2018 -

Gabriel was sent off and the team were unable to react

Valencia CF remain third in LaLiga after an unlucky 2-1 defeat to UD Las Palmas on Matchday 20. Santi Mina put Marcelino’s side ahead at the Estadio Gran Canaria, before Jonathan Viera’s equaliser and Jonathan Calleri’s second half penalty, unjustly awarded, which also saw the sending off of Gabriel Paulista. The result leaves Valencia on 40 points, comfortably inside the Champions League places and six points clear of Villarreal in fourth.

Marcelino García Toral made eight changes from the team that beat Deportivo Alavés 2-1 at Mestalla in midweek in the Copa del Rey, with Neto returning in goal, Vezo and Lato coming into the back four, Francis Coquelin partnering Kondogbia in midfield with Maksimovic and Nacho Gil out wide, and Santi Mina starting alongside Rodrigo up front. It was the third time Valencia CF had faced UD Las Palmas in just 18 days, after the 5-1 aggregate win in the Copa del Rey last 16 earlier this month.

Valencia started confidently and with three minutes gone, Nacho Gil was fouled as he cut inside and drove towards the box. Santi Mina fired the resulting free kick into the wall. The Galician forward redeemed himself moments later though by scoring the opener. His close-range near post header from the corner was unstoppable. It was Mina’s seventh league goal of the season, his best ever tally, and means the striker has scored four of Valencia CF’s last five goals against UD Las Palmas.

Then, on 15 minutes, Santi Mina almost made it two. Played in by Rodrigo, the forward found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Chichizola, who just managed to touch the ball onto the post. Four minutes later, Jonathan Viera equalised, firing into the roof of the net from the edge of the six-yard box after finding space from a knock-down. Valencia continued to push for a second goal, however. In the 37th minute Rodrigo’s shot was blocked inside the box, as the Las Palmas defence just about held firm.

Early in the second half, with 50 minutes gone, Gabriel Paulista displayed impeccable timing to dispossess Jonathan Calleri just as he looked set to wriggle free inside the area. But a minute later, the referee awarded a highly dubious penalty, Gabriel receiving a yellow card and then a second for questioning the decision. Calleri stepped up to score from the spot. Late on, Rubén Vezo also received his marching orders as Valencia ended the game with nine men. Substitute Simone Zaza could have equalized in added time, but his curling left-footed effort dropped agonizingly just wide of the target.

Match details:

2. UD Las Palmas: Chichizola, Ximo Navarro, Lemos (David Simón, m. 46), Gálvez, Dani Castellano, Gaby Peñalba (J. Castellano, m. 79), Hernán Toledo, Jonathan Viera, Tana, Jairo (Halilovic, m. 76), Calleri.

1. Valencia CF: Neto, Montoya, Ruben Vezo, Gabriel Paulista, Lato, Kondogbia, Maksimovic, Coquelin, Nacho Gil (Guedes, m. 57), Rodrigo (Vietto, m. 68), Santi Mina (Zaza, m. 74).

Goals: 0-1. M. 5: Santi Mina. 1-1. M. 20: Viera. 2-1. M. 53: Calleri (penalti).

Referee: Munuera Montero.

Notes: Matchday 20 in LaLiga 2017-18 played on Saturday night (20.45 CET) at the Estadio Gran Canaria with a crowd of 20,242.

  • Posesión del balón %

    LAS 59-41 VAL

  • Tiros a puerta

    LAS 20-14 VAL

  • Tarjetas

    LAS 2-7 VAL

  • Corners

    LAS 3-6 VAL