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Valencia CF vs Celtic

Feb, 21 / 18:55 Matchday 8

Copa del Rey - Matchday 10 - 01/02/2018 21:30h

Barcelona 1
67' Luis Suárez
0 Valencia CF
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Mestalla will decide after a good Valencia CF performance at Camp Nou (1-0)

February, 01 2018 -

Marcelino's injury-hit team went toe-to-toe with FC Barcelona

Valencia CF’s hopes of reaching the Copa del Rey final are very much alive after a 1-0 defeat to FC Barcelona in their semi-final first leg at Camp Nou. It was a controlled, resolute display from the entire team, an outstanding defensive performance, with centre-backs Rubén Vezo and Gabriel Paulista particularly impressive, conceding few chances against one of the best attacks in world football. The tie will now be decided in the second leg at Mestalla, with the fans playing a key part.

Marcelino García Toral had made six changes to the team that played Real Madrid at Mestalla last Saturday, with cup keeper Jaume returning in goal, Vezo and Gabriel returning in central defence, Carlos Soler and Andreas starting out wide with Luciano Vietto partnered Rodrigo up front. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, meanwhile, picked a strong XI, having rotated in LaLiga on Sunday.

In the early stages Valencia looked to soak up Barcelona’s pressure and hit the home side on the counter attack. With eleven minutes gone, Vietto tried to do exactly that, as his cross looking for Rodrigo was cut out by Gerard Piqué. At the other end Valencia’s defence held firm, with Rubén Vezo called into action several times to keep Barcelona at bay, preventing Luis Suarez from getting a shot away with 13 minutes gone and then again on 25 minutes. The home team were seeing plenty of the ball but creating little, as Marcelino’s system proved difficult to break down.

Barcelona’s best chance of the first half came with 37 minutes gone, Andrés Iniesta firing across the six-yard box and just behind the on-rushing Suarez. Then in added time at the end of the half came Valencia CF’s best effort of the opening 45 minutes, Martín Montoya taking aim with a powerful long-range effort that flew wide of the target. At the interval, Andreas Pereira, who had been injured in a wild challenge from Sergi Roberto for which the Barça man could have been sent off, was replaced by Maksimovic.

Early in the second period, Dani Parejo’s shot from the edge of the box was saved by Cilessen. Then on 55 minutes substitute Maksimovic broke free down the left and burst towards the box before his cross was cut out. Jaume Domenech hadn’t had too much to do, but was called into action with 62 minutes gone, beating away Leo Messi’s free kick. Four minutes later though, he was powerless to prevent Barcelona taking the lead, Luis Suarez scoring with a far-post header from Messi’s cross.

As the game approached the last ten minutes, Jaume made the save of the night, beating away Paco Alcácer’s shot from outside the box. Santi Mina came on as Valencia kept looking for an equaliser, and the in-form substitute was almost able to profit from a Cilessen error on 89 minutes. It wasn’t to be, but the tie remains delicately poised and a second leg awaits next Thursday at Mestalla. Before that, there’s a tough away trip to the Wanda Metropolitano to play Atletico Madrid in LaLiga.

Match details:

1. FC Barcelona: Cillessen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic (Paulinho, m. 68), Iniesta © (Alcácer, m. 72), Aleix Vidal (Coutinho, m. 58), Messi, Suárez.

0. Valencia CF: Jaume, Montoya, Ruben Vezo, Gabriel Paulista, Gayà, Parejo ©, Coquelin, Carlos Soler (Ferran Torres, m. 76), Andreas (Maksimovic, m. 46), Rodrigo (Santi Mina, m. 81), Vietto.

Goals: 1-0. M. 67: Suárez.

Referee: Sánchez Martínez.

Notes: Copa del Rey semi-final first leg, played on Thursday night at 21.30 CET at Camp Nou, with almost a thousand Valencia CF fans present.

  • Posesión del balón %

    BAR 73-27 VAL

  • Tiros a puerta

    BAR 17-4 VAL

  • Tarjetas

    BAR 1-3 VAL

  • Corners

    BAR 12-3 VAL