Tuesday May 4, 2010 36th Day Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 3 - 1 Xerez CD

  • Mata 45’, 58’
  • Silva 68’
  • Armenteros 37’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Xerez CD
    • 90+3 And there's the final whistle! It was a brave display by Xerez, whose game plan looked perfect for much of the first half, but Valencia were ultimately well worth their three goals
    • 90+1' Xerez try to push in the closing minutes, crossing deep from the right, but Valencia pick up the ball and they're playing some exhibition football now, dinking the ball over the heads of the Xerez forwards in their own box!
    • 90' And Redondo's off! He loses the ball, and hacks his way into the back of Alba, for a second yellow card, and Xerez's 13th red of the season!
    • 90' We'll have three minutes of stoppage time
    • 89' Valencia are frustrating the visitors now, playing the ball safely for possession, dragging Xerez around the pitch and drawing niggling fouls
    • 87' Villa is in the perfect position in the box, as the ball is cut back from the left to the sub! Awful connection on the turn though, as the ball flies wide!
    • 85' And Xerez look to break, but the long-ball to Alustiza is snapped up by the Valencia defence
    • 84' He tries to walk it into the box though, and is smothered off the ball
    • 84' Valencia have it back now, with Miguel wide right
    • 82' Xerez on the ball and moving it around nicely. They make their final change, with Bermejo making way for Alustiza
    • 81' Silva takes a rough challenge in the back from Redondo, and throws his elbow into the Xerez defender! The referee puts them both in the book, but Silva can count himself fortunate the Redondo didn't make more of that!
    • 80' David Villa tries to hold the ball up on the far right, but is hustled off the pitch for a Xerez throw
    • 79' And Valencia make their last change of the game, with Vicente coming on for two-goal hero Juan Mata
    • 77' Albelda picked up a yellow card for that challenge by the way, didn't take him long did it!
    • 76' Albelda scythes down Antonito midway into his own half, and Xerez will use the break to make their second change: Orellana coming off for Abel
    • 75' He knocks the ball back to centre, but Pablo scuffs his left foot effort from the edge of the area
    • 74' Bonego finds David Villa in the centre, who skips past two challenges to drag the ball out left
    • 73' Maduro makes a mistake on the edge of the area, and ANTONITO STRIKES IT! JUST WIDE! The subsitute almost gave his side a foothold back in the game then!
    • 72' Valencia have been knocking it around for fun, but Banega makes an over exhuberant attempt to win it back for the home side and gets a yellow card
    • 71' Baraja got a well-deserved ovation from the home fans then, having run his socks off for Valencia tonight
    • 70' Valencia are making their second change, with Ruben Baraja making way for David Albelda
    • 69' Silva slips a lovely ball through the Xerez backline to Villa, who's onside, but Mata touches the ball from an offside position and the linesman flags! Villa's not too happy about that!
    • 67' Mata has all the time to pick out a cross on the left, but it's blocked by an orange shirt. David Silva picks up the rebound a couple of yards out and TURNS IT IN PAST RENAN!! 3-1 TO VALENCIA!!
    • 65' A victory here will guarantee Valencia a top four finish, and a Champions League place. It also gives them a massive chance of holding onto third place, and avoiding a potentially tricky Champions League qualifier. 25 minutes left to play though...
    • 64' Alba is given acres of space on the left, but his low cross is easily cut out
    • 63' Casado's taking the fight to the home side though, storming down the left flank before launching a deep cross to Orllana, who's header finds Cesar. There's life in Xerez yet! Meanwhile Zigic makes way for Villa
    • 62' Valencia calmly pass the ball out of defence, they're playing with a swagger now
    • 61' David Villa's getting ready to come on, which is even worse news for the visitors...
    • 60' So, how can Xerez respond? They're on the ball now, but Redondo's ball through to Sanchez on the right is easily cut out
    • 58' What a finish that was, two moments of undeniable quality from Mata have made the difference for the hosts
    • 57' Silva picks up the ball on the edge of the area, he plays Mata through with a reverse pass AND MATA HITS IT WITH HIS RIGHT ACROSS RENAN!! QUALITY FINISH FOR MATA'S SECOND!! GOAL VALENCIA!
    • 56' Valencia are pushing hard now, without finding the breakthrough. Quality build-up play though
    • 54' Baraja plays a nice one-two with Silva to break into the Xerez area, but again it comes to nothing
    • 53' It's scrappy, but Silva strokes a lovely ball to unleash Jordi Alba down the left. Redondo plants himself in front of the ball, and wins a freekick from the Valencia leftback
    • 52' It's easily cleared at the far stick, and Xerez hoof it forwards
    • 51' And the home side break. Pablo carries the ball to the edge of the area, and lines up a left-footed strike! It takes a deflection and swerves wide of the left post. Mata will take the corner
    • 50' Valencia look uncomfortable in defence still, with Marchena and Maduro playing the ball a bit too loosely inside the area. They get away with it this time...
    • 49' Banega hits one from range, but again Renan's equal to it. He's doing well against his old side, the Xerez keeper
    • 48' The cross is batted up and out, but Valencia get it back and feed it through to ZIGIC WHO'S ONSIDE! SAVED BY RENAN! What a chance that was for the striker to get on the scoresheet
    • 47' Valencia attempt to up the tempo on the right, and the cross in is headed behind
    • 46' There's reports circulating in Spain that Villa is off to Barcelona, which is why he's not starting today. Unconfirmed, of course!
    • 45' We're back underway! David Villa's still on the bench by the way, which might not have been the case if Mata hadn't equalised on the stroke of half time!
    • 45' Sweet, sweet hit from Mata, curling the ball over the wall and beyond Renan's flailing left hand! He's done nothing wrong all match, Renan, but the first half ends with the Xerez keeper picking the ball out of his own net...
    • 45' And it's Mata to take, AND WHAT A FREEKICK! GOAL VALENCIA!!!
    • 44' That's the game plan now though, with another hoof forward to Zigic, who this time draws the foul a good 22 yards out...
    • 43' Long ball to Zigic is knocked down to Pablo, who's crowded out on the edge of the area
    • 42' Baraja runs out of options in the middle, and pings the ball towards goal from 20 yards! it bounces awkwardly, but Renan looks comfortable, as he has done through the opening half
    • 40' And Xerez get the chance to break again, with Orellana on the right. He sends the ball in to Bermejo deep at the far post, and the header flashes wide! They're looking so dangerous on the break now, Xerez!
    • 39' Valencia are moving the ball around well again, but another long ball to Zigic fails to provide a test for Renan
    • 37' Now that's really put the cat among the pigeons! Xerez pushed so hard then to force the mistake, after being under consistent pressure themselves for much of the match
    • 35' Ooh and that's an awful mistake from Maduro! The Valencia defender deflects Bermejo's pass directly into the path of SAnchez, and who cooly squares to Armenteros! GOAL XEREZ!!
    • 33' And Mata returns the favour! He goes on a jinking run down the left, and sends the ball in with the left but Renan is out well to claim it
    • 32' Silva picks up the ball on the right wing, before cutting back inside and delivering a sweet left-foot cross that goes just over Mata's head at the far-post
    • 31' Pablo gets the ball out right, and goes down in a heap under Casado's challenge. Nothing given though
    • 29' Pablo swings it in but Zigic fails to get on the end of it. It was a poor ball, in truth, with such a massive target-man to aim for
    • 28 Pablo, Silva, and Miguel link up well on the right, before Armenteros clatters into the fullback just outside the right of the area
    • 27' Valencia back in possession, and you have to wonder how long it'll be before David Villa will be introduced...
    • 25' And there's another one! Armenteros gets onto a ball over the top down the left, and manages a low shot with the left-foot on target! Cesar saves comfortably, but they're getting closer, Xerez
    • 23' Xerez break! And they could have scored! Valencia looked frail in defence then, as Armenteros found himself clear on goal but couldn't test Cesar!
    • 22' CHANCE FOR VALENCIA! Oooh and that was nearly the breakthrough! Pablo dinks the ball to Zigic at the far post. Renan palms it away but only as far as Mata. Mata lines up the shot but Renan gets down well and does fantastically well to get an arm in the way of the shot
    • 20' Xerez get a freekick on the halfway line, which Gioda pumps aimlessly long and Valenciahead clear
    • 18' Valencia have the ball but there's a sea of orange in front of them! They're pressuring well, but they need to find a cutting edge soon or it'll count for nothing
    • 17' Bermejo finally gets a bit of the ball, but is crowded out immediately. Xerez regroup and get the ball in from the right for Bermejo to head! Comfortable save for Cesar, but that was more positive from Xerez
    • 16' Silva gets the ball on the edge of the area again, and dinks a delicate ball just ahead of Zigic. He's pulling all the strings, Silva
    • 15' They move the ball down the left, and Redondo concedes a cheap foul just inside his own half
    • 14' Xerez have a freekick wide left, and switch it clumsily to the right. Orellana plays the ball down the line to no one, and Valencia can break again
    • 13' For all Valencia's pressure, they've yet to really test Renan
    • 12' The Xerez midfielder follows that good challenge with a cynical one, and concedes a freekick deep in his own half. Valencia take it short and force a corner, which is cleared well
    • 11' Valencia have get Xerez pegged back, and Silva picks up the ball on the right, but runs into trouble and loses the ball to Bergantinos
    • 10' David Silva picks up the ball menacingly on the edge of the area, and draws the defence close before passing wide right to Miguel in acres of space. he floats the cross in to the giant Zigic, but Renan rises well to take it
    • 9' Xerez pick up the ball deep, and Orellaba picks out Bermejo, who plays backwards but Valencia pressure them off the ball
    • 8' Alba finds a yard of space on the left, and crosses with his left into the box, but Mata can't get onto it
    • 7' Xerez try to get the ball to danger-man Bermejo, but Valencia are all over him at the moment!
    • 6' Valencia doing all the pressing now, with Maduro sending a long diagonal ball to Zigic on the left, who heads down to Silva who's snatched left-foot cross-shot trickles wide of the right-hand post
    • 5' Valencia spread it wide left, and the ball is fired in to Baraja at the far stick, who heads over
    • 4' Banega looks to wriggle his way through the Xerez midfield, and wins a freekick for his efforts.
    • 3' David Silva looks to have found a gap behind the Xerez defence, but is penalised for a handball
    • 2' Neither team look particularly comfortable in the opening stages, with long-balls very much the order of play
    • 1' And we're underway at the Mestalla!
    • - Valencia start with David Villa, Vicente, Joaquin, and Navarro all on the bench!
    • 21:00 Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of Valencia v Xerez! A win for Valencia will practically guarantee third spot, while Xerez desperately need at least a point to have any chance of avoiding relegation
  • Summary

    • 90' And Redondo's off! He loses the ball, and hacks his way into the back of Alba, for a second yellow card, and Xerez's 13th red of the season!
    • 73' Maduro makes a mistake on the edge of the area, and ANTONITO STRIKES IT! JUST WIDE! The subsitute almost gave his side a foothold back in the game then!
    • 67' Mata has all the time to pick out a cross on the left, but it's blocked by an orange shirt. David Silva picks up the rebound a couple of yards out and TURNS IT IN PAST RENAN!! 3-1 TO VALENCIA!!
    • 57' Silva picks up the ball on the edge of the area, he plays Mata through with a reverse pass AND MATA HITS IT WITH HIS RIGHT ACROSS RENAN!! QUALITY FINISH FOR MATA'S SECOND!! GOAL VALENCIA!
    • 48' The cross is batted up and out, but Valencia get it back and feed it through to ZIGIC WHO'S ONSIDE! SAVED BY RENAN! What a chance that was for the striker to get on the scoresheet
    • 45' And it's Mata to take, AND WHAT A FREEKICK! GOAL VALENCIA!!!
    • 35' Ooh and that's an awful mistake from Maduro! The Valencia defender deflects Bermejo's pass directly into the path of SAnchez, and who cooly squares to Armenteros! GOAL XEREZ!!
    • 23' Xerez break! And they could have scored! Valencia looked frail in defence then, as Armenteros found himself clear on goal but couldn't test Cesar!
    • 22' CHANCE FOR VALENCIA! Oooh and that was nearly the breakthrough! Pablo dinks the ball to Zigic at the far post. Renan palms it away but only as far as Mata. Mata lines up the shot but Renan gets down well and does fantastically well to get an arm in the way of the shot

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

  • Xerez CD

    Manager: Néstor Gorosito

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • César Sánchez
      • Miguel
      • C. Marchena
      • H. Maduro
      • J. Alba
      • R. Baraja Substitution Out (72′)
      • E. Banega Yellow Card
      • Pablo
      • D. Silva Goal Yellow Card
      • J. Mata Goals×2 Substitution Out (80′)
      • N. Žigic Substitution Out (63′)

      Subs

      • D. Albelda Substitution In72′ Yellow Card
      • D. Navarro
      • D. Villa Substitution In63′
      • Vicente Substitution In80′
      • Joaquín
      • M. Fernandes
      • Moya
    • Starting line-up

      • Renan
      • J. Redondo Red Card
      • Aythami
      • L. Gioda
      • J. Casado
      • Á. Bergantiños
      • V. Moreno Substitution Out (63′)
      • V. Sánchez
      • F. Orellana Substitution Out (77′)
      • E. Armenteros Goal
      • M. Bermejo Substitution Out (82′)

      Subs

      • D. Prieto
      • Míchel
      • Antoñito Substitution In63′
      • J. Mendoza
      • Chema
      • Abel Substitution In77′
      • M. Alustiza Substitution In82′
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      Goals ×2 Substitution Out80′ - -
      Strikers
      Substitution Out63′ - -
      Subs
      Substitution In72′ Yellow Card - -
      Substitution In63′ - -
      Substitution In80′ - -
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      Goalkeeper
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