Celta de Vigo vs Valencia CF

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Copa del Rey - Matchday 6 - 03/01/2018 21:00h

Las Palmas 1
36' Jonathan Calleri
1 Valencia CF
85' Rodrigo Moreno
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Valencia CF should cement their Copa quarter final spot at Mestalla after UD Las Palmas draw (1-1)

January, 03 2018 -

An outstanding second half, creating plenty of chances

Valencia CF have every chance of progressing to the Copa del Rey quarter finals after a 1-1 draw away at UD Las Palmas in their last 16 first leg at the Estadio Gran Canaria. Rodrigo Moreno came off the bench to grab a deserved second half equaliser and an important away goal, set up by Toni Lato.

Rubén Uría continued on the bench for the visitors ahead of the return of Marcelino García Toral, while the game also saw the debut of Las Palmas coach Paco Jémez on his return to Spanish football. A strong Valencia CF XI featured captain Jaume Doménech in goal, Nemanja Maksimovic and Nacho Gil in midfield and the likes of Gabriel, Guedes, Dani Parejo and Rodrigo Moreno on an experienced bench, while the home side made seven changes for their first game of 2018.

The game started at a competitive pace with few clear-cut chances for either side. The first came with ten minutes gone, when Ezequiel Garay had the ball in back of the net with a header, but the goal was ruled out for a push. Valencia CF’s defence was looking solid, with Las Palmas lively on the break. On 23 minutes the Canary Islanders worked their way into the box, but resolute defending prevented them getting a clear sight of goal, while shortly afterwards Toni Lato stood up well to Jonathan Calleri on the left.

It was the Argentinian striker who gave UD Las Palmas the lead after 35 minutes, sliding home Borja Herrera’s cross from close range. As Valencia CF looked to respond with half-time approaching, Santi Mina almost caught out Chichizola with an early, low shot from the edge of the box that the Las Palmas keeper spilled at the first attempt. Then, the best opportunity of the half came on 43 minutes, as Maksimovic was teed up by Andreas Pereira inside the area, but he was unable to hit the target, dragging his effort wide.

Dani Parejo replaced Geoffrey Kondogbia at half-time, and Valencia CF went on to dominate throughout the second period. Early on, Maksimovic and Santi Mina both went for goal from distance, before Rubén Uría went for three up front, bringing on Rodrigo for Andreas Pereira. Gonçalo Guedes was the final substitute introduced for the last 25 minutes and looked dangerous, having a penalty appeal turned down after David Simón’s challenge.

As Valencia pushed for the equaliser Simone Zaza had a shot blocked, before on 85 minutes, the visitors finally got the goal their second half play had deserved. Toni Lato crossed from the left and Rodrigo Moreno displayed a true poacher’s instinct to pounce inside the six yard box. Valencia pushed on, looking for a winner, but it wasn’t to be and the tie will be decided at Mestalla next Tuesday night.

Match details:

1. UD Las Palmas: Chichizola, David Simón. Gálvez, Bigas, Borja (Ximo Navarro, m. 73), Samper (Hernán Toledo, m. 88), Aquilani (J. Castellano, m. 63), Jonathan Viera, Momo, Tana, Calleri.

1. Valencia CF: Jaume, Montoya, Ruben Vezo, Garay, Lato, Kondogbia (Parejo, m. 46), Maksimovic, Andreas Pereira (Rodrigo, m. 59), Nacho Gil, Santi Mina (Guedes, m. 65), Zaza.

Goals: 1-0. M. 36: Calleri. 1-1. M. 85: Rodrigo.

Referee: Undiano Mallenco.

Notes: Copa del Rey last 16 first leg game, played on Wednesday night (9pm CET) at the Estadio Gran Canaria.

  • Posesión del balón %

    LAS 61-39 VAL

  • Tiros a puerta

    LAS 2-17 VAL

  • Tarjetas

    LAS 3-1 VAL

  • Corners

    LAS 2-6 VAL