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Athletic Club vs Valencia CF

Oct, 27 / 16:15 Jornada 10

LaLiga - Jornada 32 - 14/04/2018 16:15h

Barcelona 2
15' Luis Suárez, 51' Samuel Umtiti
1 Valencia CF
87' Daniel Parejo
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Valencia CF are back among the elite despite losing to FC Barcelona (2-1)

Abril, 14 2018 -

Ter Stegen was in superhuman form to deny a Valencia side who battled right to the end

Valencia CF showed they are able to go toe-to-toe with LaLiga’s best with an excellent performance that didn’t get the rewards it deserved at Camp Nou. A combination of clinical finishing and outstanding goalkeeping from FC Barcelona, as Marc-André Ter Stegen made several top saves, saw them claim a narrow 2-1 win on matchday 32. A late Dani Parejo penalty wasn’t enough to get the visitors back into the game, but their Champions League ambitions remain firmly on track.

Marcelino García Toral made two changes to the team that beat Espanyol 1-0 at Mestalla last weekend, with Rubén Vezo coming in for Montoya at right back, and Santi Mina replacing Simone Zaza up front. As for Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde also made two changes to the team that crashed out of the Champions League in midweek, with Brazilian duo Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho stepping into the midfield.

It was an enjoyable, flowing game of football with plenty of chances, especially in the first half. Valencia CF started well, taking the game to the unbeaten hosts. After just four minutes, Guedes had the first effort of the game, well saved by Ter Stegen. Barcelona responded, and two minutes later Luis Suarez fluffed a good opportunity to get a shot away when he completely miskicked the ball when found by Andrés Iniesta.

With 15 minutes gone though, the Uruguyan striker opened the scoring. It was a first time, near post finish that Neto couldn’t do anything about, after a defence-splitting pass from Coutinho. The visitors’ response was immediate. Guedes was again involved, Valencia’s best player in the opening 45 minutes, as his powerful shot from some distance out was well parried by Ter Stegen. On 20 minutes, the Portuguese winger had another effort deflected wide.

The game’s key moment came midway through the first half. Ter Stegen gave away possession, and Rodrigo Moreno looked certain to equalise, but the German keeper stuck out a hand to divert his well-struck shot onto the crossbar. It was one of the saves of the season. Valencia kept pushing, and when they had the chance to break forward, they were committing plenty of players in attack. Five minutes before the interval, Gonçalo Guedes received the ball on the left, cut in and crossed for Santi Mina whose header was just off target, while there was still time for Ter Stegen to save again from Rodrigo before half-time.

Early in the second half, Rodrigo was threatening again, Gerard Piqué required this time to clear the ball off the line as it headed into the back of the net. With 51 minutes gone, some superb defending from Gabriel Paulista prevented Luis Suarez from getting a shot away, but from the resulting corner, Samuel Umtiti’s header made it 2-0. Valencia CF weren’t deterred, Dani Parejo shooting just over the bar with a long-range free kick, before on 69 minutes a world-class save from Neto stopped Andrés Iniesta from adding to Barça’s tally.

When Marcelino’s team finally made the breakthrough on 86 minutes, it came just too late. As Gayà crossed from the left he was fouled inside the box by Dembélé. Dani Parejo, with a 100% record from the penalty spot this season, stepped up and his low shot squeezed underneath Ter Stegen. No other player in LaLiga can match the VCF captain’s figures for spot kicks this campaign, having successfully dispatched six out of six.

With Real Madrid in action on Sunday, Valencia CF remain third despite the defeat, well inside the Champions League places and with their eyes fixed on Atletico Madrid in second. Next up, a midweek fixture at Mestalla against Getafe.

Match details:

2. FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto (Semedo, min. 90+2), Pique, Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Iniesta (Denis Suárez, min. 84), Paulinho, Coutinho (Dembele, min. 78), Messi, Luis Suárez.

1. Valencia CF: Neto, Vezo, Garay, Gabriel Paulista, Gayà, Kondogbia, Parejo, Carlos Soler, Guedes (Andreas, min. 68), Rodrigo (Zaza, min. 80), Santi Mina (Vietto, min. 70’).

Goals: 1-0, min. 14: Luis Suárez. 2-0, min. 50: Umtiti. 2-1, min. 86: Parejo (penalty).

Referee: Del Cerro Grande.

Notes: Matchday 31 in LaLiga, played at Camp Nou with a crowd of 69,554.

  • Posesión del balón %

    BAR 63-37 VAL

  • Tiros a puerta

    BAR 12-17 VAL

  • Tarjetas

    BAR 2-2 VAL

  • Corners

    BAR 6-5 VAL

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