Thursday April 19, 2012 Semifinal Finished Estadio Vicente Calderón

Atlético Madrid 4 - 2 Valencia CF

  • Falcao 18’, 78’
  • Miranda 49’
  • Adrián 54’
  • Jonas 45’
  • Ricardo Costa 90’

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  1. Falcao double hands Atletico advantage

    Falcao double hands Atletico advantage

    Falcao netted twice as Atletico Madrid completed a 4-2 first leg win over Valencia in their all-Spanish Europa League semi-final. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Atlético Madrid
    • Valencia CF
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 4-2 win for Atletico Madrid over Valencia, who may yet turn this match around. Still life in this match.
    • 90+3' Dominguez booked in the aftermath of that goal.
    • 90+3' GOAL! Ricardo Costa bullets home the header from Tino Costa's corner. Valencia with another vital away goal.
    • 89' Four minutes to be added to this match.
    • 88' Salvio replaces Adrian Lopez for Atletico. Heading for injury time here.
    • 87' Valencia devoid of ideas as a ball from deep flies straight out of play. Poor, poor play.
    • 86' Diego departs to be replaced by Perea for the home side.
    • 85' Valencia chasing the ball around as Costa brings down Suarez at the halfway line.
    • 84' Atletico hit on the break. Adrian tries to bring it up the park before Diego Alves clears the ball.
    • 83' Falcao the top scorer in this competition with 10 goals. Courtois sticks the ball long down the park from his box.
    • 82' Mathieu slips the ball into the path of Soldado, but he can't escape the attention of Miranda.
    • 81' Atletico might not be finished in this match tonight. Could easily be a 5-1 lead. Unai Emery looks on in a bit of disgust.
    • 80' Arda Turan departs to be replaced by Tiago for the home side.
    • 79' Sporting Lisbon lead Athletic 2-1 in the other semi-final in Portugal.
    • 78' Ball nestled in the net off the bar. What an effort that is. Valencia all over the place, and are punished. Have not really been up to the job tonight.
    • 77' GOAL! Falcao smashes the ball high into the net from the edge of the box. A stunning goal and the home side lead 4-1. A 32nd goal of the season. Superb finish.
    • 76' Atletico haven't given up hope of a fourth goal here. Manager Diego Simeone out on his touchline, hands in pockets. Looks on studiously.
    • 75' Filipe bounds down a flank beyond Piatti, but the cross is dramatically poor as the ball careers out of play.
    • 74' A goal in the other semi-final. Sporting Lisbon level with Athletic at 1-1.
    • 73' Piatti replaces Jordi Alba for Valencia with Canales taking over from Feghouli.
    • 72' Diego shows some lovely skills on the run. Drills the shot at goal, but off balance as the ball flies wide.
    • 71' Diego Alves punches out the corner form Diego. A fourth goal here might well bury this contest ahead of the second leg at the Mestalla.
    • 70' Diego with the free-kick. Swings the free-kick at goal, but Diego Alves across to tip the shot wide. Superb diving save. Had to get across his goal quickly.
    • 69' Valencia going to make a couple of changes here as Costa brings down Diego 25 yards from the visiting goal.
    • 68' Diego Alves has been booked. Think he was yellow carded for complaining.
    • 67' Offside flag goes up against Adrian after he was played in by Diego.
    • 66' Diego Alves spills the shot by Diego before he saves the rebound when Arda Turan should have scored. Almost a fourth for the home side.
    • 65' Valencia central defender Adil Rami has scored three goals and picked up one red card in Valencia’s last three Europa League games. A mixed night for him so far.
    • 64' Soldado tries to get on the end of Ruiz's header but Courtois comes to gather the loose ball.
    • 63' Atletico back on the ball just inside the visitng half. Long free-kick from Juanfran lands in the arms of Diego Alves.
    • 62' Topal takes down Arda Turan with a late challenge, and the home side have a free-kick.
    • 61' Rami deemed to be offside from Costa's delivery. Courtois will launch the ball long down the park.
    • 60' The home fans bouncing in the stands. They sense a final place is within their grasp here.
    • 59' Courtois forced to nudge the ball out of his area in front of Jonas.
    • 58' Valencia lead Atletico by seven points in the Spanish league, but they are well off the pace this evening. A really dominant performance by Atletico it must be sadi.
    • 57' Gabi and Tino Costa involved in a spot of pushing. Scottish referee Craig Thomson tries to calm matters down.
    • 56' A 3-1 lead now for the home side, who sense more goals in this match. Chance to carry a decent lead to Valencia for the second leg.
    • 55' GOAL! Adrian Lopez leaves the visiting defence for dead before slipping the finish beyond Diego Alves. Topal gave the ball away and Valencia are in deep trouble now.
    • 54' Athletic have a grabbed a priceless away goal in Portugal. They lead 1-0 in Lisbon.
    • 53' Adrian tries to pick out Falcao, but the visiting defence wallops the danger clear.
    • 52' Costa wallops a drive at goal. Straight into the arms of Courtois.
    • 51' A 2-1 defeat wouldn't be a disaster for Valencia, but 3-1 would be a big ask as Adrian screws a shot from distance wide of goal.
    • 50' Suddenly the Atletico fans back in full voice. Rami got caught out in playing a number of home players onside from that delivery.
    • 49' GOAL! Miranda heads home from close range from Diego's free-kick. Awful defending by the visitors. Atletico lead 2-1. Valencia all over the show.
    • 48' Feghouli brings down Diego. Feghouli is walking a tightrope here having already been booked.
    • 47' Juanfran slips the ball down the line. Arda Turan throws over a cross, but Topal clears the danger.
    • 46' Valencia get the second period off and running.
    • 45+2' Gabi off the park needing treatment for a bloodied nose after a challenge with Feghouli. There goes the whistle for the break. Somehow Valencia are level in this contest.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Jonas slips the ball home at the back post! Against the run of play, but Jonas was on hand to score from Rami's header. 1-1 now. Atletico stunned.
    • 45' Costa's free-kick is swatted away by Courtois with Rami challenging.
    • 44' One or two minutes to be added to the first period.
    • 43' Jonas smacks an effort at goal at the other end. Over the bar as Valencia break.
    • 42' Falcao challenges Diego Alves in the air. Atletico really piling bodies forward at every opportunity.
    • 41' Arda Turnan decides to thump a shot at goal from distance. Wide of the target. A goalkick to the visitors.
    • 40' Diego with another decent corner, but Mathieu is there to head clear. Not much to be said for this Valencia performance. Not the most convincing of nights for the visitors.
    • 39' Arda Turan takes out Costa with a late challenge and is rightly booked.
    • 38' Adrian tackled by Mathieu after a mistake by Rami. Valencia all over the place at the moment.
    • 37' Valencia will probably be happy to get to the break trailing 1-0 the way this has gone.
    • 36' The visiting side concede another corner. Diego whips in the corner, but Mathieu is on hand to head clear the danger.
    • 35' Diego runs off Topal, but Diego Alves is out to collect. Valencia need to start cutting off these crosses at source otherwise they are going to lose a second goal.
    • 34' Soldado wallops a shot wide of goal. He has been living off scraps this evening. Atletico continue to look the likelier side.
    • 33' Turan plays a lovely ball into the visiting area. Balls holds up enough off Alba for Diego Alves to hammer it long down the park.
    • 32' Rami powers a header inches wide! Excellent effort from Costa's corner. So close to the equaliser.
    • 31' Valencia on the ball. Some nice passing play as Valencia win a corner following a nice run by Alba.
    • 30' Juanfran drags the cross towards the visiting goal, but too near Diego Alves who plucks it out of the air.
    • 29' Soldado whacks the ball clear from Diego's corner. Difficult times for Valencia, who can't seem to get out of their own half.
    • 28' A mix-up between Tophal and Diego Alves in the goal. Another errror by Valencia hands the home side a corner.
    • 27' Gabi takes a sore one as he falls under pressure from Feghouli. Gabi needing a spot of treatment.
    • 26' Jonas rises to loop a header at goal from Costa's cross. Easy take for Courtois in the Atletico goal.
    • 25' Tino Costa's corner trundles along the deck. All too easy for the home defenders who clear the danger.
    • 24' Miranda rises about Mathieu to win a header and the visiting side earn their first corner of the match.
    • 23' Costa manages to keep the ball in play deep in the home half, but Filipe smacks the ball off Costa for a throw-in to the home side.
    • 22' Atletico again get on the ball with some purpose. Valencia at sixes and sevens. Looking a bit dazed at the moment. Ball back with Courtois after Soldado is penalised for a spot of pushing.
    • 21' Falcao has scored 26 goals in 27 matches in the Europa League. Not a bad return from the forward.
    • 20' Juanfran darts away from Ruiz. Fortunate to avoid conceding a free-kick there. Valencia all over the place at left-back.
    • 19' Well, shocking defending really by Rami and Jordi Alba. Slack play is punished. Can't say that goal wasn't coming.
    • 18' GOAL! Falcao grabs his 31st goal of the season with a neat header and Atletico lead. Turan with the cross ahead of Rami. Super finish.
    • 17' Adrian miskicks his shot at goal from Arda Turan's pass. Valencia being pushed back with every home attack.
    • 16' Feghouli knocks the ball behind for a corner from the challenge with Filipe. Corner again is disappointing as Valencia wallop it clear.
    • 15' Diego whips in the free-kick, but Soldado rises to head clear. Corner comes in from Diego, but Diego Alves is on hand to collect the loose ball.
    • 14' Feghouli has been booked for tugging the shirt of Filipe. Free-kick chance just outside of the area.
    • 13' Costa with a chance to ask a few questions, but he comes up with a poor delivery into the middle. Easy take for Courtois in the home goal.
    • 12' Soldado on the chase for the visiting side, but Victor Ruiz dashes back to make the clearance. Solid defending.
    • 11' Atletico are unbeaten at home in all-Spain ties in European competitions (exc.Qualifiers): W2 D1. Valencia have never won away to another Spanish side in a European competition (D3 L1).
    • 10' Adrian Lopez the next man to try his luck with Valencia again exposed down their left side. Fires the shot at goal, but Diego Alves dives to make the stop.
    • 9' Falcao goes for goal from distance. Easy enough take for Diego Alves in the visiting goal.
    • 8' Alba really struggling down his left. Atletico aiming at Alba so far, but the away side survive.
    • 7' Adrián López and Falcao are the only players to have featured in all 12 of Atlético's games since the start of the group stage. Diego Godín and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois have played more minutes, featuring in all 990 minutes of their 11 matches.
    • 6' Diego's corner comes to nothing as Valencia bring the ball out from the back. A bit of a windy night in the Spanish capital. Pitch looks in decent condition.
    • 5' Turan plays in Diego, whose shot is blocked by Alves. Golden chance for an early opener, but Valencia survive that chance. We remain 0-0.
    • 4' These two sides were drawn together in the 2009-10 quarter-finals of this competition. Atletico went through following a 2-2 draw at Valencia and a 0-0 at home.
    • 3' Soldado lays the ball off to Mathieu, but he fails to collect the loose ball before the visiting side collect at the back seconds later.
    • 2' Jordi Alba fails to keep the ball in play down a wing. A goalkick to the home side.
    • 1' We are off and running in this match. Valencia with an early goalkick.
    • 20.00 Seems like a real La Liga atmosphere for this one. A full house in Madrid for this one. Teams on way out. Atletico in red and white. Valencia in black.
    • 19.55 MATCH ODDS: Atletico Madrid 11/10, Valencia 5/2, Draw 23/10
    • 19.50 Atletico are on a run of nine straight wins in the Europa League. In this match, the Rojiblancos can become the first-ever side to win 10 straight games in the UEFA Cup/Europa League.
    • 19.45 Diego Simeone (Atletico coach): "It happened to me during a Juventus-Inter match and I didn't spend too much time thinking about it. These things happen in football and we lost the championship because of it."
    • 19.40 Unai Emery (Valencia coach): "We could look back on (a controversial non-penalty against Atletico at the same stage in 2010) to try to motivate the players but we won't do it. We put that incident behind us as soon as it happened and you have to look forward and wait for another chance. We have to focus on today, how we will approach the game and how we build up our hopes."
    • 19.35 Valencia’s only major absentees are the suspended full-back Antonio Barragan and midfielder Ever Banega, out long-term with a broken ankle. The return to fitness of striker Roberto Soldado means their formation will be geared to feeding the Spain international, with Jonas playing off him. Centre-halves Adil Rami and Victor Ruiz are one booking away from suspension, as is midfielder Tino Costa.
    • 19.30 Atletico’s Diego Godin is suspended, while fellow defenders Silvio Pereira and Antonio Lopez are injured. Juanfran Torres and Joao Miranda fill in for the first two, with Filipe Luis a starter at left-back anyway. Miranda and midfielder Diego are one booking away from a suspension.
    • 19.25 Teams: Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Dominguez, Filipe Luis, Mario Suarez, Gabi, Turan, Diego, Adrian, Falcao..subs: Sergio Asenjo, Tiago, Salvio, Paulo Assuncao, Koke, Perea, Martin////Valencia: Diego Alves, Ricardo Costa, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu, Feghouli, Topal, Tino Costa, Jordi Alba, Soldado, Jonas..subs: Guaita, Bruno, Maduro, Aduriz, Piatti, Canales, Parejo////Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)
    • 19.20 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Atletico Madrid against Valencia at Estadio Vicente Calderón in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' GOAL! Ricardo Costa bullets home the header from Tino Costa's corner. Valencia with another vital away goal.
    • 77' GOAL! Falcao smashes the ball high into the net from the edge of the box. A stunning goal and the home side lead 4-1. A 32nd goal of the season. Superb finish.
    • 70' Diego with the free-kick. Swings the free-kick at goal, but Diego Alves across to tip the shot wide. Superb diving save. Had to get across his goal quickly.
    • 66' Diego Alves spills the shot by Diego before he saves the rebound when Arda Turan should have scored. Almost a fourth for the home side.
    • 55' GOAL! Adrian Lopez leaves the visiting defence for dead before slipping the finish beyond Diego Alves. Topal gave the ball away and Valencia are in deep trouble now.
    • 49' GOAL! Miranda heads home from close range from Diego's free-kick. Awful defending by the visitors. Atletico lead 2-1. Valencia all over the show.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Jonas slips the ball home at the back post! Against the run of play, but Jonas was on hand to score from Rami's header. 1-1 now. Atletico stunned.
    • 32' Rami powers a header inches wide! Excellent effort from Costa's corner. So close to the equaliser.
    • 18' GOAL! Falcao grabs his 31st goal of the season with a neat header and Atletico lead. Turan with the cross ahead of Rami. Super finish.
    • 12' Soldado on the chase for the visiting side, but Victor Ruiz dashes back to make the clearance. Solid defending.
    • 10' Adrian Lopez the next man to try his luck with Valencia again exposed down their left side. Fires the shot at goal, but Diego Alves dives to make the stop.
    • 5' Turan plays in Diego, whose shot is blocked by Alves. Golden chance for an early opener, but Valencia survive that chance. We remain 0-0.
    • 19.25 Teams: Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Dominguez, Filipe Luis, Mario Suarez, Gabi, Turan, Diego, Adrian, Falcao..subs: Sergio Asenjo, Tiago, Salvio, Paulo Assuncao, Koke, Perea, Martin////Valencia: Diego Alves, Ricardo Costa, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu, Feghouli, Topal, Tino Costa, Jordi Alba, Soldado, Jonas..subs: Guaita, Bruno, Maduro, Aduriz, Piatti, Canales, Parejo////Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

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    Manager: Diego Simeone

  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

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