LaLiga - Jornada 22 - 04/02/2018 20:45h

Atlético de Madrid 1
59' Ángel Correa
0 Valencia CF
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Valencia CF didn't deserve to lose against Atletico as time ran out (1-0)

Febrero, 04 2018 -

The team fought until the last second, but they couldn't respond to Correa's goal, which was enough in the end

Valencia CF lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in a tight, evenly-matched game on a chilly night at the Wanda Metropolitano on LaLiga’s Matchday 22. There were few clear chances at either end, while Neto was in sensational form in the VCF goal, denying Saúl and Diego Costa with outstanding saves, before Angel Correa’s second half winner. Valencia pushed for an equaliser that never came, but Marcelino García Toral’s side remain in the Champions League spots, in third place, a point clear of Real Madrid.

Marcelino made seven changes to the side that had played Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg in midweek, with Neto returning in goal, Garay at centre-back, Kondogbia, Maksimovic and Lato coming into midfield and Simone Zaza, recovered from illness, partnering Santi Mina up front. A strong Atletico Madrid team featured Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann in attack.

In the first half, Valencia looked to escape Atletico’s intense pressing and find space in behind. It was goalkeeper Neto who really shone though, with two top-class saves to keep the game goalless. First, with 22 minutes gone, he did well to push Saúl Ñíguez’s long-range effort around the post. Then, on 35 minutes, he did even better, as Diego Costa’s header from an Atletico corner looked certain to break the deadlock until the Brazilian stopper’s intervention.

There was nothing that Neto could do about Atletico’s opening goal, however. Out of nowhere, Angel Correa fired an unstoppable rocket into the top corner from outside the box with 58 minutes gone. Six minutes later, the home side had the ball in the back of the net again, but the goal was ruled out for a foul by José Giménez on Neto. Marcelino brought on Rodrigo Moreno and Carlos Soler, replacing Lato and Maksimovic in two attacking changes, while Diego Simeone’s side remained a threat with the pace of Griezmann on the counter.

As the game entered the last ten minutes, Valencia laid siege to the Atletico goal as they pressed for the equaliser. On 80 minutes, Dani Parejo’s free kick ricocheted off the defensive wall and as Jan Oblak hesitated, Carlos Soler shot over the bar. Atletico Madrid should have been down to ten men late on when substitute Gabi escaped a second yellow card for pulling back Kondogbia as the midfielder looked to break forward. Valencia had plenty of the ball, but the Atleti defence remained impenetrable. Now, attention must turn once again to the Copa del Rey and Thursday’s semi-final second leg at Mestalla.

Match details:

1. Atlético Madrid: Oblak, Vrsaljko, Savic (José Giménez, m. 29), Godín (Juanfran, m. 50), Lucas, Correa, Koke, Saúl, Carrasco (Gabi, m. 61), Griezmann, Diego Costa.

0. Valencia CF: Neto, Ruben Vezo, Gabriel Paulista, Garay, Gayá, Maksimovic (Carlos Soler, m. 65), Parejo, Kondogbia, Lato (Rodrigo, m. 62), Santi Mina, Zaza.

Goals: 1-0. M. 58: Correa.

Referee: Iglesias Villanueva.

Notes: Matchday 22 in LaLiga, played on Sunday night (20.45 CET) at the Wanda Metroplitano.

  • Posesión del balón %

    ATL 49-51 VAL

  • Tiros a puerta

    ATL 14-9 VAL

  • Tarjetas

    ATL 1-1 VAL

  • Corners

    ATL 9-1 VAL

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