Valencia CF vs Espanyol

Feb, 17 / 16:15 Matchday 24

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
February, 12 2018

Luciano Vietto's goal was one born from faith

After a fantastic run from Carlos Soler, which saw the youngster leave several opponents in his wake, the Valencia CF midfielder looked to find the back of the net with his right foot. Oier denied him. Santi Mina went to ground to try and make the most of the rebound, but the Levante UD stood firm and made a second save. Luciano Vietto was the next man to appear on the scene, nipping in ahead of Antonio Luna, with the Argentine able to slot home a close-range finish with the goal at his mercy. It was his first in LaLiga goal for his new club, but it meant so much more, symbolising one of the key values of Marcelino’s Valencia CF: faith.

Since Marcelino took over at Valencia CF’s helm, some things have been nonnegotiable. Sacrifice, togetherness, humility, teamwork, attitude, commitment, respect, never considering anything other than winning the game and to always battle until the full-time whistle. With the scoreboard reading 1-1, Marcelino’s men were searching for the goal to get their noses back in front, and they needed three consecutive efforts at Oier’s net to find it. Vietto needed to keep the faith to go looking for the chance, and that’s exactly what he was rewarded with.

A few minutes later, Marcelino replaced Valencia CF’s second goalscorer of the night with Simone Zaza, who also made the most of his chance by winning the penalty that Dani Parejo tucked home to wrap up the three points. Vietto’s parents watched on from the stands as their son found the back of the net, and they celebrated with the same enthusiasm that he did out on the field of play. Now, it is time to rest until Tuesday afternoon, with the squad’s next challenge already in mind. Valencia CF will have to wait until Saturday, where they will pay Malaga CF a visit at La Rosaleda.