Leganés vs Valencia CF

Abr, 01 / 16:15 Jornada 30

LaLiga - Jornada 26 - 28/02/2018 19:30h

Athletic Club 1
49' Óscar De Marcos
1 Valencia CF
23' Geoffrey Kondogbia
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Valencia CF draw with Athletic Club in a hard-fought game at San Mamés (1-1)

Febrero, 28 2018 -

The Mestalla side close the gap on Real Madrid after Kondogbia scores a golazo and Neto saves a penalty from Aduriz

Valencia CF strengthened their position in the LaLiga top four and closed the gap on third place with a 1-1 draw with Athletic Club at the new San Mamés. Geoffrey Kondogbia scored the only goal of the first half, curling an unstoppable effort past Kepa, and Neto saved a penalty before De Marcos’ early second half equaliser. It means Marcelino García Toral’s side stretch their unbeaten run to four games, and they’re now just a point behind Real Madrid in third.

Marcelino made five changes to the team that beat Real Sociedad 2-1 at Mestalla on Sunday, with Rubén Vezo coming in at right-back, Geoffrey Kondogbia recovering from injury, Ferran Torres making his first LaLiga start in midfield and Simone Zaza partnering Luciano Vietto up front. As for Athletic Club, coach Ziganda made two changes, with Unai and Saborit stepping into the back four.

The game started slowly, before Athletic had a great chance to open the scoring in the 12th minute in the first opportunity of the game. Neto stood up well and made a smart save from Mikel San José’s toe-poked effort. The home side continued to put pressure on the Valencia defence, and with 19 minutes gone Geoffrey Kondogbia did well to close down and block a shot from Susaeta as he looked to curl one into the far corner.

It was a superb Kondogbia strike that gave Valencia CF the lead on 23 minutes. It was a curling, low effort right into the bottom corner, with Kepa standing no chance of reaching it - the French midfielder’s fourth goal of the season, an impressive return for a nominally defensive player, and an assist for debutant Ferran Torres. The youngster went close himself with 34 minutes gone, shooting first time from just outside the box with an attempt that was always rising.

Next, a minute later, it was the turn of Brazilian keeper Neto to shine. Athletic Club were awarded a generous penalty for Jeison Murillo’s challenge on Susaeta. The Valencia stopper reacted brilliantly, springing to his right to keep Aduriz’s well-struck spot kick out. There were no further chances in the first half, as Valencia CF went in at the break at San Mamés a goal ahead.

Shortly after half-time though, Athletic Club equalised. Óscar de Marcos’ 49th minute shot from outside the box was guided into the bottom corner beyond the diving Neto. The home side could have taken the lead two minutes later, but Susaeta’s effort was straight at the Valencia keeper. Marcelino’s team then found their feet in the game once more, and after 58 minutes Luciano Vietto’s long-range shot was well saved by Kepa.

A neat counter-attacking Valencia move with 63 minutes gone saw Vietto’s cross drop agonisingly ahead of a stretching Simone Zaza inside the area. It was a spell in which neither side had full control, and on 66 minutes, Athletic could have gone in front as Aduriz’s powerful near-post shot flew into the side netting. On 70 minutes, Marcelino looked to seize the initiative with his first change, Rodrigo Moreno replacing Vietto. Five minutes later, Ferran Torres departed, having impressed on his first LaLiga start, with Guedes coming on.

In the 79th minute, Dani Parejo had the chance to go for goal with a Valencia CF free kick just outside the box, but Kepa once again made the save. Marcelino made his final substitution, introducing Carlos Soler for Simone Zaza, but the team, while remaining defensively solid, were unable to find the winner, the final whistle going just as they were poised to launch a counter-attack. Next up for Marcelino’s side, a tough home game against Real Betis at Mestalla on Sunday.

Match details:

1. Athletic Club: Kepa, De Marcos, Unai Núñez, Iñigo Martínez, Saborit, Beñat, San José, Susaeta (Williams, m. 63), Raúl García (Lekue, m. 76), Córdoba, Aduriz.

1. Valencia CF: Neto, Ruben Vezo, Gabriel Paulista, Murillo, Gayà, Parejo, Coquelin, Kondogbia, Ferran Torres (Guedes, m. 75), Zaza (Carlos Soler, m. 83), Vietto (Rodrigo, m. 70).

Goals: 0-1. M. 22: Kondogbia. 1-1. M. 49: De Marcos

Referee: Gil Manzano.

Notes: Matchday 26 in LaLiga 2017-18 played on Wednesday evening at 19.30 CET at the new San Mamés.

  • Posesión del balón %

    ATH 48-52 VAL

  • Tiros a puerta

    ATH 11-6 VAL

  • Tarjetas

    ATH 1-2 VAL

  • Corners

    ATH 6-1 VAL


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