LaLiga - Jornada 29 - 17/03/2018 16:15h

Valencia CF 3
19' Rodrigo Moreno, 33' Simone Zaza, 54' Víctor Laguardia (pp)
1 Alavés
49' Rubén Sobrino
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A superb win for Valencia CF over Alavés on Fallas weekend (3-1)

Marzo, 17 2018 -

Rodrigo, Zaza and a Laguardia own goal made the difference on a festive afternoon at Mestalla

A sparkling Valencia CF performance on Fallas weekend saw them beat Deportivo Alavés 3-1 at Mestalla on LaLiga’s matchday 29. Marcelino’s team played some sumptuous attacking football in front of a vociferous crowd, with strike duo Rodrigo Moreno and Simone Zaza scoring early before a second half own goal completed the victory. It's a sixth win in seven LaLiga games, and the result strengthens Valencia’s position in the Champions League spots, rising to third with Real Madrid to play on Sunday.

Marcelino García Toral made just two changes to the team that beat rivals Sevilla FC last weekend, with Martín Montoya returning at right back and Carlos Soler replacing the injured Francis Coquelin. The team stepped onto the field at Mestalla wearing t-shirts bearing a message of support for the French midfielder, who faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious Achilles injury in training on Friday.

The game started at a hectic pace, with Alavés looking to end a run of form that had seen them lose three of their previous four LaLiga games. The first real chance fell their way after 12 minutes, when a stunning save from Neto prevented the visitors taking the lead. Abelardo’s side won the ball in an advanced position, and Munir’s cross found Sobrino inside the area. His header was pushed away by the Brazilian goalkeeper, showing the form that has seen him return to national team contention.

Three minutes later, another recent international call-up, Dani Parejo, had his chance to open the scoring. Alavés keeper Fernando Pacheco needed to be at full stretch to tip the captain’s curling shot over the bar. A goal seemed inevitable and it was no surprise when, on 19 minutes, Rodrigo Moreno put the home side 1-0 up. The in-form forward began the move himself, combining well with strike partner Zaza, whose clever turn and return pass found Rodrigo inside the box. The Spain international stroked the ball past Pacheco, scoring his 13th league goal of the season.

Valencia looked full of confidence in the spell that followed, playing some breath-taking football, one move on 26 minutes including a Zaza dummy before Carlos Soler’s cross-shot was deflected behind. From the resulting corner, the ball flew wide. The chances kept coming and on the half hour mark, Zaza’s near-post touch was close to making it 2-0. Then, four minutes later, the Italian did score. It was Dani Parejo’s cross into the danger zone, and a delicate finish from Zaza.

The Mestalla crowd were enjoying one of the best halves of football we’ve seen this season. Before half-time, Zaza could have made it three when he controlled the ball on his chest before getting the shot away, and Pacheco made the save. In the second half, there was no relief for the Alavés defence. Moments into the second period, Rodrigo cut inside from the right and shot left footed, with the excellent Pacheco tipping the effort over the bar. Then, surprisingly, Alavés pulled a goal back, Rubén Sobrino tucking the ball away from just behind the penalty spot.

Valencia CF responded strongly, not letting their heads drop. On 50 minutes Guedes looked to have darted around a sprawling Pacheco inside the box, but the goalkeeper somehow recovered to make the save. It was a breathless spell in the game, and with 54 minutes gone, Valencia’s positive play was rewarded with a third goal. Carlos Soler’s cross, looking for Rodrigo, was turned into his own net by Laguardia.

There were occasional chances for Alavés to reduce the deficit – on 64 minutes, Sobrino tried to catch Neto out with the goalkeeper off his line – but Valencia always looked the strongest. Rodrigo Moreno and Dani Parejo both departed the field to standing ovations after marvellous performances ahead of the international break. Pacheco remained busy, with another flying stop to deny Montoya on 83 minutes, and it ended 3-1. Next up for Marcelino’s side, a trip to Butarque to play Leganés in two weeks time.

Match details:

3. Valencia CF: Neto, Montoya, Gabriel Paulista, Garay (Murillo, m. 46), Gayà, Parejo (Maksimovic, m. 84), Kondogbia, Guedes, Carlos Soler, Zaza, Rodrigo (Vietto, m. 72).

1. Deportivo Alavés: Pacheco, Martin, Laguardia, Ely, R. Duarte, Manu, Tomás Pina, Pedraza (Guidetti, m. 60), Hernán Pérez, Munir (Ibai, m. 60), Sobrino (Burgui, m. 72).

Goals: 1-0. M. 19: Rodrigo. 2-0. M. 34: Zaza. 2-1. M. 48: Sobrino. 3-1. M. 54: Laguardia own goal.

Referee: Munuera Montero.

Notes: Matchday 29 in LaLiga 2017/18 played on Saturday afternoon at Mestalla with a crowd of 35,264.

  • Posesión del balón %

    VAL 61-39 ALA

  • Tiros a puerta

    VAL 24-16 ALA

  • Tarjetas

    VAL 1-1 ALA

  • Corners

    VAL 9-2 ALA

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