Getafe vs Valencia CF

Jan, 22 / 21:30 Matchday 8

LaLiga - Matchday 30 - 01/04/2018 16:15h

Leganés 0
1 Valencia CF
62' Rodrigo Moreno
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A stunning Rodrigo strike takes Valencia CF one step closer to their objective (0-1)

April, 01 2018 -

The team's topscorer with 14 goals downed Leganés at Butarque and keeps the Mestalla team in the Champions League hunt

Valencia CF returned from the international break with a vital, hard-fought 1-0 win over CD Leganés at Butarque on LaLiga’s matchday 30. It's a seventh victory in eight games for Marcelino's side that keeps them strongly in contention for Champions League qualification. Rodrigo Moreno scored the only goal of the game, a precision long-range effort that found the bottom corner. It’s the in-form Spain international’s 14th goal of the season, and his fifth in the last month.

Marcelino had made just two changes from the 3-1 win against Alavés at Mestalla before the international break, with Jaume replacing Neto in goal, and Rubén Vezo coming in for Martín Montoya at right-back. As for Leganés, Asier Garitano picked a defensive-looking team without an out-and-out striker, with Nordin Amrabat playing in a more advanced role than usual, and Beauvue on the bench.

Valencia started on the front foot, looking to play a direct brand of attacking football against a solid, disciplined Leganés. It was a tight, competitive opening half hour in which there was little space for either side to create. Instead, there were a handful of half chances. Carlos Soler was unfortunate to be flagged offside when he got in behind on the right with 8 minutes gone. Then on 22 minutes, Geoffrey Kondogbia challenged Cuéllar for a high ball, and was penalised with a foul.

On the half hour mark, the best chance of the game so far fell to Leganés. Jaume Domenech justified his selection by Marcelino with a super save, beating away Gabriel’s powerful shot from outside the box. Gonçalo Guedes immediately looked to hit the home side on the counter, and was brought down by Rubén Pérez, earning a yellow card. From the resulting free kick, Cuéllar gathered under pressure from Zaza, who in any case was marginally offside. The first half saw no further goalmouth action, as both teams cancelled each other out.

In the second half, there was some defending for Valencia to do, and Jaume was again called into action after 51 minutes when he had to palm away Diego Rico’s dangerous cross from the left-hand side. Then came a moment of pure quality from Rodrigo Moreno, a goal worthy of winning any game and enough to give Marcelino's side the three points here. The international forward picked up the ball just outside the area in the 62nd minute, and arrowed a low shot past Cuéllar into the back of the net. It was the latest memorable moment in a special season for Rodrigo, who is VCF’s topscorer and enjoying the most prolific campaign of his career.

Leganés had their moments, a good chance falling to El Zhar inside the area after 81 minutes, but his shot was charged down by a committed defence. Valencia held out for the win and three vital points in their race to make the Champions League dream a reality. Next up for Marcelino’s side, a home game against Espanyol at Mestalla next Sunday.

Match details:

0. Leganés: Cuéllar, Zaldúa, Bustinza, Siovas, Ezequiel (Beauvue, m. 72), Diego Rico, Gabriel (Naranjo, 90), Rubén Pérez, Omar (El Zhar, m. 78), Eraso, Amrabat.

1. Valencia CF: Jaume Doménech, Vezo, Gabriel Paulista, Garay, Gayà, Parejo, Kondogbia, Carlos Soler (Ferran Torres, m. 64), Guedes (Andreas, m. 79), Zaza (Vietto, m. 69), Rodrigo.

Goals: 0-1. M. 61: Rodrigo.

Referee: Melero López.

Notes: Matchday 30 of LaLiga played at 16:15 CEST at Butarque with around 300 Valencia CF fans present.

  • Posesión del balón %

    LEG 49-51 VAL

  • Tiros a puerta

    LEG 8-3 VAL

  • Tarjetas

    LEG 3-4 VAL

  • Corners

    LEG 5-2 VAL