Saturday May 7, 2011 Day 35 Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 3 - 0 Real Sociedad

  • Soldado 16’, 37’
  • Jonas 25’

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  1. Valencia wrap up Champions League spot

    Valencia wrap up Champions League spot

    Valencia secured their place in the Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Real Sociedad in La Liga. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Real Sociedad
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle! Valencia complete a comfortable 3-0 victory. Was finished at half-time, but they see out the match with some ease. Second half was a non-event.
    • 89' Two minutes to ba added to the match.
    • 88' The Valencia fans in party mood. Well on course for third place in the table, but Champions League football is also secured.
    • 87' Mata almost in for the fourth of the day, but he just fails to connect with the pass from Aduriz.
    • 85' De la Bella provided Zurutuza with a lovely pass, but his shot from the edge of the box is charged down.
    • 83' Jonas fouled by Griezmann. Frustration is obvious among the visiting players.
    • 81' The embers of the match beginning to fizzle out. Looking unlikely that there is going to be a consolation for the visiting team as Valencia continue to dominate possession.
    • 80' Vicente keeps out an effort from Griezmann as he flicked the ball at the goal from the near post. Solid block. Almost a consolation for Sociedad.
    • 78' Costa back to make a last-ditch tackle on Ifran. Had to make that challenge. Very timely as it prevented a certain goal. Valencia almost paying for losing concentration.
    • 76' Almost an awful blunder by Vicente in the home goal. He slips trying to clear the ball, but does enough to nudge it away from Ifran.
    • 75' Albelda departs to be replaced by Topal for the home side.
    • 74' Griezmann goes for goal from distance for the visiting side, but he is leaning back and lifts his shot over the bar. Sums up his side's day really.
    • 72' Benega making a couple of timely tackles as Ifran is left sporting a bemused look for Sociedad. No doubt that Valencia have dropped down several gears in this half.
    • 70' Remember we will have live coverage from 9pm of Real Madrid against Sevilla in Seville. Imagine that one might be tastier than this.
    • 69' Griezmann wins a corner after pressuring Costa, but there is only more disappointment for Sociedad as the corner comes to nothing.
    • 68' Griezmann is complaining that he was barged off the ball by Albelda, but the referee doesn't want to know.
    • 67' Mathieu is booked for a lunging late challenge on Prieto. The free-kick comes to nothing and we continue with the same pattern.
    • 65' This second is becoming a non-event. Valencia content to keep the ball and Sociedad not really keen to lose any more goals.
    • 63' Sociedad set to make their third change of the day as Raul Ramudo departs to be replaced by Ifran.
    • 62' Mathieu wins a free-kick after being hauled down by Gorka Elustondo.
    • 60' A double change coming for the home side. Aritz Aduriz takes over from Soldado while Pablo is on for Joaquin.
    • 58' Almost a fourth goal for the home side, but De le Bella hacks the ball out with Mata waiting to tuck the ball away. Valencia cutting through Sociedad with some ease.
    • 57' Change coming for Sociedad as Aranburu departs to be replaced by Gorka Urkola.
    • 55' Griezmann is looking lively every time he gets on the ball in the middle of the park, but this time Migeul is on hand to deal with the danger.
    • 54' Tamudo looking unhappy with something or other as Bravo launches the ball down the pitch with some pace. Valencia continue to pounce on the loose balls.
    • 52' Ricardo Costa tries to join the party for Valencia. Embarks upon a long and winding run, but he is muscled off the ball. Looked like a free-kick, but nothing doing.
    • 51' Soldado in some space down his right flank. Looks up, but can't pick out a team-mate as Bravo makes an easy save. Poor delivery really.
    • 49' Prieto throws over another fine cross for Sociedad, but this time Zurutuza is wide with a headed attempt from the edge of the box. Decent play by the visiting side.
    • 48' Chance for Valencia early in the second half. Banega in yards of space, but he pulls a shot wide of the target.
    • 47' The Valencia fans in party mood at the start of this second period. Alberto De la Bella has replaced Carlos Martinez for the visiting side.
    • 46' Off and running in this second period. Valencia holding a 3-0 lead.
    • 45' No time to be added. Valencia 3-0 ahead and well in control of matters. Second period should be a formality in this match.
    • 44' Maybe a minute or two to be added to the half.
    • 42' Sociedad not yet out of the woods in La Liga. They are only three points clear of third-bottom Osasuna at the moment. Not likely to add to their points total this evening.
    • 41' Bravo out to claim the ball at the feet of Soldado. Brave goalkeeping.
    • 40' Valencia binging on 61% of possession as the first half begins to wind down. Valencia content to keep the ball and move it around with some ease.
    • 38' Joaquin manages to get between Bravo and the ball. Looks set to take the ball past the Sociedad keeper, but the ball runs out of play. Valencia warming to their task.
    • 36' Mata goes down on the edge of the Sociedad box. Was looking for that foul. Clearly a dive. Referee waves play on.
    • 34' The rain is on in Valencia and it is raining goals. There is more in this for Valencia as Bravo comes to collect a corner kick.
    • 33' That was an exceptional ball across the face of goal by Mathieu to provide the chance for Soldado to power home that header. Excellent stuff from the home side.
    • 32' It is 3-0 now! A third goal for Valencia as Soldado leaps to power home another header. Superb finish, but where was the marking?
    • 31' Fine run by Mata into the area. Looked set to pull the trigger, but Bergara matches his run to make the tackle. Had to make that block otherwise it was 3-0.
    • 29' Sociedad winning a few free-kicks in and round the area. Vicente punches the ball out under pressure from Tamudo.
    • 28' Sociedad enjoying a better spell of pressure. Griezmann throws over a couple of decent crosses, but Valencia survive that attack.
    • 26' Great chance for Aranburu who beats the offside trap from Griezmann's pass, but he has slipped his shot wide of the target. What a chance that was. Nobody near him.
    • 25' Gonzalez deemed to be guilty of fouling Soldado. Valencia pouring plenty of bodies forward here.
    • 24' Valencia boss Unai Emery is encouraging his side as Albelda is brought down by Zurutuza.
    • 23' Valencia really starting to enjoy themselves out there. They hold a 2-0 lead and all the aces it would seem.
    • 22' GOAL FOR VALENCIA! Jonas powers a header beyond Bravo from Miguel's cross. Fine finish. No chance for the visiting keeper. A 2-0 lead for Valenica.
    • 20' Valencia back on the attack as they chase a second goal from this foray forward.
    • 19' It was Aranburu whose shot from the centre of the area was charged down minutes ago. Best moment of the match for the visiting team.
    • 18' Martinez forced to nod the ball away with Mata arriving at the back post. Valencia continue to look the likelier side in this one.
    • 16' Almost the equaliser for Sociedad! Griezmann sees a shot cleared off the line with Raul Tamudo in there to whack a volley off a home player. Great pass by Prieto.
    • 15' No more than Valencia have deserved from this match. They have been the better side and now they have the lead.
    • 14' GOAL FOR VALENCIA! Joaquin supplies Soldado who slides the ball home. Terrific finish from the big striker, but superb pass by his team-mate. That was an excellent move.
    • 13' All starting to settle down a bit, but Valencia have already missed a trick in this match. They should be ahead.
    • 12' Bergara tries a through ball into the path of Griezmann, but he is deemed to be offside.
    • 10' Valencia looking to cement their place in the Champions League next season. More or less over holding a lead of 11 points over fifth-placed Atletico Madrid.
    • 9' Those offside flags keep coming as Soldado is guilty of going too early. Needs to curb his enthusiasm in these early moments.
    • 8' Sociedad have not been seen much from an attacking perspective. Martinez with a throw-in deep in the home half, but an offside flag comes to Valencia's rescue.
    • 7' Offside flag goes up against Juan Mata as Bravo comes from the edge of his box to collect the loose ball. All Valencia at the moment.
    • 6' Valencia have certainly made a bright enough start to this match with Soldado a constant nuisance to the visiting side.
    • 5' Soldado needing a bit of treatment. Seemed to take a painful one from Demidov in the face, but wasn't intentional.
    • 4' Another golden chance for the home side as Ibanez rises inside the visiting box, but he nods over. Was a free header, but he is over the bar with that effort. Valencia could have been two goals ahead.
    • 3' Golden chance for Valencia in the opening moments, but Joaquin has just walloped a volley over the bar. Should have hit the target with that chance.
    • 2' A minute's silence to mark the start of this match for the legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros, who died earlier today after his three-year struggle with cancer.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one.
  • Summary

    • 80' Vicente keeps out an effort from Griezmann as he flicked the ball at the goal from the near post. Solid block. Almost a consolation for Sociedad.
    • 48' Chance for Valencia early in the second half. Banega in yards of space, but he pulls a shot wide of the target.
    • 32' It is 3-0 now! A third goal for Valencia as Soldado leaps to power home another header. Superb finish, but where was the marking?
    • 26' Great chance for Aranburu who beats the offside trap from Griezmann's pass, but he has slipped his shot wide of the target. What a chance that was. Nobody near him.
    • 22' GOAL FOR VALENCIA! Jonas powers a header beyond Bravo from Miguel's cross. Fine finish. No chance for the visiting keeper. A 2-0 lead for Valenica.
    • 16' Almost the equaliser for Sociedad! Griezmann sees a shot cleared off the line with Raul Tamudo in there to whack a volley off a home player. Great pass by Prieto.
    • 14' GOAL FOR VALENCIA! Joaquin supplies Soldado who slides the ball home. Terrific finish from the big striker, but superb pass by his team-mate. That was an excellent move.
    • 4' Another golden chance for the home side as Ibanez rises inside the visiting box, but he nods over. Was a free header, but he is over the bar with that effort. Valencia could have been two goals ahead.
    • 3' Golden chance for Valencia in the opening moments, but Joaquin has just walloped a volley over the bar. Should have hit the target with that chance.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

  • Real Sociedad

    Manager: Martín Lasarte

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • V. Guaita
      • Miguel
      • Ricardo Costa
      • Á. Dealbert
      • J. Mathieu Yellow Card
      • D. Albelda Substitution Out (79′)
      • Joaquín Substitution Out (62′)
      • J. Mata
      • E. Banega
      • Jonas Goal
      • R. Soldado Goals×2 Substitution Out (62′)

      Subs

      • César Sánchez
      • D. Navarro
      • J. Alba
      • Bruno Saltor
      • Adúriz Substitution In62′
      • Pablo Substitution In62′
      • M. Topal Substitution In79′
    • Starting line-up

      • C. Bravo
      • C. Martínez Substitution Out (45′)
      • V. Demidov
      • M. González
      • D. Estrada
      • M. Aranburu Substitution Out (60′)
      • Markel
      • X. Prieto
      • D. Zurutuza
      • A. Griezmann
      • R. Tamudo Substitution Out (67′)

      Subs

      • D. Rivas
      • Ansotegi
      • E. Zubikarai
      • G. Elustondo Substitution In60′
      • A. De la Bella Substitution In45′ Yellow Card
      • D. Ifrán Substitution In67′
      • F. Sutil
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