Saturday April 16, 2011 Day 32 Finished Estadio Juegos del Mediterráneo

UD Almería 0 - 3 Valencia CF

  • Soldado 51’
  • Stankevicius 67’
  • Alba 81’

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    Almeria v Valencia: LIVE

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • UD Almería
    • Valencia CF
    • 90+2' The final whistle goes and Valencia take a big step towards securing third place in the table! Thanks for joining us, coming up next is a small matter of El Clasico! Real madrid v Barcelona: LIVE
    • 90' We will have two minutes of added time at the end of this game.
    • 88' Possession: Almeria 39%-61% Valencia.
    • 86' Mathieu, who created the second goal, has a pop at one himself but blazes his strike from outside the box into the crowd.
    • 84' The set piece is punched well clear by Guaita. Valencia's players feel no need to bust a gut and launch a counter-attack.
    • 83' Almeria send plenty forward for their fifth corner of the game. Valencia have had nine so far.
    • 81' GOAL!! Two mintues after coming off the bench, Jordi Alba makes it three! Another substitute, Joaquin, as sent free down the right and pulls a lovely reverse pass into Alba's path and it's fired first-time into the roof of the net! Well worked goal, that.
    • 79' Valencia substitution: Jordi Alba replaces Mata.
    • 78' Valencia have a corner. It reaches TOpal on the edge of the six-yard box and he manages to hook a shot on target... Tipped over the bar by Esteban! That was a truly stunning save - Gordon Banks-like!
    • 77' Valencia substitution: Joaquin replaces Pablo Hernandez.
    • 75' Quick update on Saturdays other scores: Malaga 3-0 Mallorca; Getafe 1-0 Sevilla.
    • 73' The energy is visibly draining out of the Almeria players now. They have done well to keep up their pressing game for so long, but now fatiigue and the two-goal deficit is starting to show.
    • 71' Almeria substitution: Uche replace Ulloa.
    • 69' Soldado is flagged offside as he chases a long ball over the top. Very tight call there.
    • 68' Stankevicius scores only his second legue goal of the season, but it is a big one in ensuring Valencia secure third place.
    • 67' GOAL!! Stankevicius doubles Valencia's lead! Los Che pull off a smart short corner routine which sees a high ball headed back across goal by Costa and the Lithuanian defender is on hand to turn the ball in from close range!
    • 65' Almeria substitution: Ortiz replaces Corona.
    • 63' Amazingly, five teams have scored fewer goals in La Liga this season than Almeria. The highest ranked is Sporting Gijn, who have netted just 29 but are sat in 13th place.
    • 61' Almeria continuing to press Valencia well when they do not have the ball, but simply not enough guile and cutting edge whern they do.
    • 60' Great run from Mata and he draws two defenders to him as he reaches the box, but he just can't find the gap to pick out Soldado.
    • 58' As it stands, Valencia would go nine points clear of fourth-placed Villarreal, who host Zaragoza on Monday. With only six rounds of games to go after this one, it looks as though Lods Che have avoided a Champions League play-off next season. La Liga table
    • 56' Ulloa has a shot blocked and Almeria earn a corner. The Argentine forward looks gutted, he thought it was going in!
    • 55' Piatti makes a surging run down the right but, with little in the way of support, he has to do an about-turn and play the ball back into his own half.
    • 54' No two ways about it, this spells trouble for Almeria. They have it all to do if they are to even salvage a point from this game.
    • 52' That's Soldado's 13th league goal of the season. He also got the brace which sealed the 2-1 win in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
    • 51' GOAL!! Valencia in front! Mathieu motors down the left and curls in a perfect cross for Soldado to head past Esteban!
    • 50' Piatti has time and space to try and bend a striek for the far top corner, and it's not far off! Guaita was rooted to the spot there.
    • 48' The Clasico teams are in! REAL MADRID: Casillas, Ramos, Carvalho, Albiol, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Pepe, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Dudek, Arbeloa, Garay, Kaka, Adebayor, Higuain, Ozil /// BARCELONA: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Pedro, Messi. Subs: Banquillo: Pinto, Keita, Maxwell, Thiago, Fontas, Milito, Afellay.
    • 47' Ulloa leaps well to get his head to a cross from the right, but it's too much of an ask for him to glance it on target from that angle.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+1' That was the last act of a decent first half. Let's hope someone breaks the deadlock after the restart.
    • 45+1' The ball runs into Pablo's path on the edge of the box and he unleashes a fearsome left-footed strike that flashes over the bar!
    • 45' Almeria head the corner away, block a couple of strikes from range and then send the ball all the way back to Guaita.
    • 44' Pablo leaps to guide a cross on target but will have to make do with acorner for Valencia.
    • 43' Crusat was just a shade offside as he ran to latch on to a ball over the top.
    • 42' The corner is poor and the second ball is also cleared with ease.
    • 41' Corenr to Almeria, who appear to have all the momentum now as we approach half-time.
    • 39' Piatti charges down the right flank and cuts insdie. He skips a tackle and lines up a low left-fotoer that whizzes wide of the far post! So close to the opener there for Almeria.
    • 37' Almeria have only won four of the 11 matches in which they have opened the scoring this season, the poorest record in La Liga. (Opta)
    • 36' Banega tries to play a canny free-kick into the path of Topal's run down the channel, but the ball clips the midfielder's heels and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 35' Crusat surges into the box but his heavy touch allows Ricardo Costa to see the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 34' Valencia's Mehmet Topal gets sandwiched between two Almeria players as he leaps for a header. Plenty of commitment and strong play from the Almeria players.
    • 33' Not that this game has not been exciting, but even the Spanish commentators are talking about El Clasico! Remember, you can follow it live here at 21:00
    • 31' This match has hit quite an even patch as we pass the half-hour mark.
    • 30' First real chance for Almeria as Crusat picks out Piatti with a fine near-post cross that the striker glances wide with a header!
    • 28' Valencia have another corner cleared and again Almeria look to break, this time through Ulloa, but Mathieu covers well.
    • 27' At the Estadio Juegos Mediterraneos, Roberto Olabe's team have only won two matches all season (against Osasuna and Espanyol).
    • 25' Valencia have only lost three of their last 17 league games, taking 36 points from the last 51 available to them. (Opta)
    • 23' Pablo has a shot delfected behind en route to goal! Almeria playinjg well but it is Valencia who are carving out the chances in this game so far.
    • 22' Almeria are continuing to press insdie the Valencia half and Ulloa wins a corner to the home side.
    • 21' Guaita has had a couple of minutes to get over whatever was bothering him. It looks like Cesar will stay on the bench.
    • 19' Guaita is having some treatment now. Not sure if he picked up a knock at some point or not. Cesar Sanchez is on the bench for Valencia if necessary.
    • 18' Valencia have plenty of bodies in the box as Mathieu launches a free-kick into the box, but it is cleared and ALmeria launch the counter. Pablo coems across to stop Juanito's progress down the flank.
    • 17' In fact, Banega's strike clipped the top of the bar! That's the first big chance of the match and should spark the game into life.
    • 16' So close for Banega! Mata backheels the ball into the path of the Argetine, who fires a cracking strike that fizzes a fraction over the crossbar!
    • 15' The first booking of the match goes to Ricardo Costa for a foul on Ulloa.
    • 14' Miguel tries to pick out Soldado with a ball that Esteban comes off his line to meet but he doesn't get a clear punch to it. The ball breaks loose but Michel clears before a Valencia player can capitalise.
    • 12' Almeria have only won once in their last nine league games, losing their last three on the bounce. (Opta)
    • 10' Almeria are intent on pressing their visitors and so far the Valencia midfield has struggled to cope with that. Whether they can do it for 90 minutes, though, remains to be seen.
    • 8' Piatti can't get his shot away after meeting Michel's cross and Valencia can clear the danger.
    • 6' Valencia have back-to-back corners, but Miguel can't get the ball under control inside the box for the second one.
    • 5' It already looks as though the duel between Almeria's left-sided forward Crusat and Valencia full-back Miguel could be the key in this match.
    • 3' Almeria look to make their first move forward after Valencia's bright early offering. Corona tries to make soemthing happen but can't pick out a team-mate.
    • 1' Juan Mata, Valencia's captain for the day, crosses and picks out Pablo Hernandez, who forces an early save from Esteban! Great start from Valencia.
    • 1' The match is underway!
    • 18:50 HEAD-TO-HEAD: Almeria have only won against Valencia in La Liga - a 1-0 win at the Mestalla in 2007/08. At home, Almeria have lost two and drawn the other match against Valencia in the top flight of Spanish football. When these two sides met at the Mestalla back in November, Roberto Soldado scored twice in a 2-1 win for Los Che. Match report
    • 18:45 Of course, this is by no means the main event on Spain this evening. Coming up at 21:00, right after this game, we'll bring you live coverage of Real Madrid v Barcelona, the first of four CLasicos to be played between these two giants in just 18 days! Matchpack: Real Madrid v Barcelona
    • 18:40 Almeria are currently bottom of the table, and that will not change even if they beat Valencia here this evening. However, they can at least move to within a point of fellow basement side Hercules with three points. Malaga are taking a big step towards moving out of the bottom three as we speak - they are currently beating Mallorca 3-0. Valencia, meanwhile, can open up a nine-point gap over fourth-placed Villarreal, who play on Monday, with a victory in Andalucia. La Liga table
    • 18:35 ALMERIA: Stephen, Michel, Acasiete, Marcelo Silva, Luna, Corona, Juanito, Bernardello, Cruse, Piatti, Ulloa /// VALENCIA: Guaita, Miguel, Ricardo Costa, Stankevicius, Mathieu, Paul, Banega, Topal, Maduro, Mata, Soldado.
    • 18:30 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live coverage of the clash in La Liga between Almeria and Valencia at the Estadio Juegos del Mediterraneo!
  • Summary

    • 81' GOAL!! Two mintues after coming off the bench, Jordi Alba makes it three! Another substitute, Joaquin, as sent free down the right and pulls a lovely reverse pass into Alba's path and it's fired first-time into the roof of the net! Well worked goal, that.
    • 78' Valencia have a corner. It reaches TOpal on the edge of the six-yard box and he manages to hook a shot on target... Tipped over the bar by Esteban! That was a truly stunning save - Gordon Banks-like!
    • 67' GOAL!! Stankevicius doubles Valencia's lead! Los Che pull off a smart short corner routine which sees a high ball headed back across goal by Costa and the Lithuanian defender is on hand to turn the ball in from close range!
    • 56' Ulloa has a shot blocked and Almeria earn a corner. The Argentine forward looks gutted, he thought it was going in!
    • 51' GOAL!! Valencia in front! Mathieu motors down the left and curls in a perfect cross for Soldado to head past Esteban!
    • 50' Piatti has time and space to try and bend a striek for the far top corner, and it's not far off! Guaita was rooted to the spot there.
    • 48' The Clasico teams are in! REAL MADRID: Casillas, Ramos, Carvalho, Albiol, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Pepe, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Dudek, Arbeloa, Garay, Kaka, Adebayor, Higuain, Ozil /// BARCELONA: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Pedro, Messi. Subs: Banquillo: Pinto, Keita, Maxwell, Thiago, Fontas, Milito, Afellay.
    • 45+1' The ball runs into Pablo's path on the edge of the box and he unleashes a fearsome left-footed strike that flashes over the bar!
    • 39' Piatti charges down the right flank and cuts insdie. He skips a tackle and lines up a low left-fotoer that whizzes wide of the far post! So close to the opener there for Almeria.
    • 30' First real chance for Almeria as Crusat picks out Piatti with a fine near-post cross that the striker glances wide with a header!
    • 23' Pablo has a shot delfected behind en route to goal! Almeria playinjg well but it is Valencia who are carving out the chances in this game so far.
    • 16' So close for Banega! Mata backheels the ball into the path of the Argetine, who fires a cracking strike that fizzes a fraction over the crossbar!
    • 1' Juan Mata, Valencia's captain for the day, crosses and picks out Pablo Hernandez, who forces an early save from Esteban! Great start from Valencia.
    • 18:35 ALMERIA: Stephen, Michel, Acasiete, Marcelo Silva, Luna, Corona, Juanito, Bernardello, Cruse, Piatti, Ulloa /// VALENCIA: Guaita, Miguel, Ricardo Costa, Stankevicius, Mathieu, Paul, Banega, Topal, Maduro, Mata, Soldado.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • UD Almería

    Manager: Roberto Olabe

  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • Esteban
      • M. Macedo
      • M. Silva
      • S. Acasiete
      • A. Luna
      • Juanito
      • H. Bernardello Substitution Out (79′)
      • P. Piatti
      • Corona Substitution Out (66′)
      • A. Crusat
      • L. Ulloa Substitution Out (71′)

      Subs

      • M. M'Bami
      • H. Goitom
      • K. Uche Substitution In71′
      • J. Ortiz Substitution In66′
      • J. Ortiz Substitution In79′
      • Carlos García
      • D. Garcia Bravo
    • Starting line-up

      • V. Guaita
      • Miguel
      • M. Stankevicius Goal
      • Ricardo Costa Yellow Card
      • J. Mathieu
      • M. Topal
      • H. Maduro
      • Pablo Substitution Out (77′)
      • E. Banega
      • J. Mata Substitution Out (79′)
      • R. Soldado Goal Substitution Out (82′)

      Subs

      • César Sánchez
      • D. Albelda
      • &. Dealbert
      • J. Alba Substitution In79′ Goal
      • Jonas
      • Joaquín Substitution In77′
      • Adúriz Substitution In82′
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