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Valencia CF vs Atlético de Madrid

Ago, 20 / 20:00 Jornada 1

LaLiga - Jornada 31 - 08/04/2018 20:45h

Valencia CF 1
7' Rodrigo Moreno
0 Espanyol
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Valencia CF beat RCD Espanyol (1-0) and knock Real Madrid off third spot

Abril, 08 2018 -

Rodrigo was the goalscorer, giving Valencia CF their fifth consecutive LaLiga win, with the Mestalla crowd playing their part again

Valencia CF climb to third place in LaLiga with a 1-0 win over RCD Espanyol at Mestalla that takes the club one step closer to making their Champions League dream a reality. Rodrigo Moreno scored the only goal, continuing a spectacular run of form that has seen him bag six goals in five games. Marcelino’s side are now a point clear of Real Madrid, and 16 ahead of fifth-placed Betis. All the signs are that VCF will be back among the European elite next season.

Marcelino García Toral made just two changes to the side that beat Leganés 1-0 at Butarque last weekend, with Neto returning in goal and Martín Montoya replacing Rubén Vezo at right-back. As for RCD Espanyol, coach Quique Sanchez Flores, who spent a decade as a VCF player, was unable to attend for health reasons, while his team featured striker Gerard Moreno, who has scored 12 of Espanyol’s 26 goals this season.

It was an attractive, open game that saw both goalkeepers kept busy right from the off. After just 22 seconds, Gerard Moreno had a goal ruled out for offside. Then, with 7 minutes gone, Valencia CF took the lead. It was Rodrigo who had the Mestalla crowd on its feet once more, heading in at the far post after the inspired Gonçalo Guedes tied the Espanyol defence in knots. The Spain striker now has 15 LaLiga goals, and is the division’s second-highest scoring Spaniard this campaign.

In the 13th minute, Geoffrey Kondogbia sauntered through the midfield unopposed before unleashing a fearsome shot, pushed away by Pau López. Valencia CF weren’t having it all their own way though. Gerard Moreno headed wide after 28 minutes, and seconds later, Neto had to dive low to his right to save a long-range effort from Darder. The game was becoming more and more open, with the home team in particular playing some super football.

Pau López was by far the busier keeper. On 31 minutes, a moment of brilliant invention from Guedes saw him touch the ball past Marc Navarro, run onto it and blast over the bar. Then López was once more called into action, diving at full stretch to keep out Montoya’s screamer from distance. The second half saw things cool off somewhat, although Neto had to be alert on 55 minutes to save a free kick that might just have been creeping in the bottom corner.

Rodrigo Moreno remained a constant, energetic threat, and with 58 minutes gone he connected with Carlos Soler’s cross, heading wide at the near post. Espanyol substitute Leo Baptistao almost got in behind on the right in the 70th minute, but Gayà and Gabriel both showed their commitment to the defensive cause by racing back and diving in to block his shot. Espanyol again threatened to equalise late on, with a penalty box scramble being eventually resolved by Ezequiel Garay, as the VCF defence held firm, with Marcelino's side receiving a huge ovation at full-time. Next up, a tough away fixture against league leaders FC Barcelona at Camp Nou next Saturday.

Match details:

1. Valencia CF: Neto, Garay, G. Paulista, Gayà, Kondogbia, Parejo, Carlos Soler (Ferran Torres, min. 88), Guedes (Andreas, min. 81), Rodrigo, Zaza (Santi Mina, min. 77).

0. RCD Espanyol: Pau López, Mar Navarro, D. López, M. Hermoso, Dídac Vilà, Carlos Sánchez (Granero, min. 63), Darder, Jurado (Leo Baptistao, min. 60), Piatti, Melendo (Sergio García, min. 82), Gerard Moreno.

Goals: 1-0, min. 6: Rodrigo.

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano.

Notes: Matchday 31 in LaLiga, played at Mestalla with 36,296 fans present.

  • Posesión del balón %

    VAL 47-53 ESP

  • Tiros a puerta

    VAL 14-21 ESP

  • Tarjetas

    VAL 3-2 ESP

  • Corners

    VAL 4-3 ESP

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