Sunday April 1, 2012 Day 31 Mestalla

Valencia CF v Levante UD

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  1. Valencia v Levante: LIVE

    Valencia v Levante: LIVE

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  • Live Commentary

    • 90+5' Full-time: Valencia 1-1 Levante. Must win game for the hosts ends in a draw.
    • 90+4' Yellow card for Levante's Farinos.
    • 90+3' Valencia throwing everything at Levante in a frantic finish.
    • 90+1' Arouna Kone has to leave the game so he can receive treatment for an injury.
    • 90' Substitution for Levante, Ruben Suarez on for Botelho.
    • 88' CHANCE! Paco Alcacer meets Pablo Hernandez's cross with a powerful header, right into the hands of Gustavo Munua.
    • 87' Substitution by Valencia. Paco Alcácer replaces Jonas.
    • 85' CHANCE! Kone so close to scoring the winner. Pedro laid it on a plate, but the Ivorian striker guided the ball wide of the post from close range.
    • 83' Levante looking good for the point here. Valencia just can't break them down.
    • 81' Another substitution by Levante. Jose Barkero makes way for Abdelkader Ghezzal.
    • 79' CHANCE! Vicente Guaita Panadero rushes off his line to save at the feet of Arouna Kone.
    • 77' The hosts introduce two sets of fresh legs. David Albelda comes off for Alberto Costa and Sofiane Feghouli is replaced by Pablo Piatti.
    • 77' Levante swat away another dreadful set piece delivery from Valencia.
    • 74' Levante make a change. Vicente Iborra de la Fuente makes way for Francisco Farinos.
    • 72' Levante are defending very well. Valencia are attacking very poorly.
    • 70' CHANCE! Jeremy Mathieu flashes a delivery across the face of goal. No Valencia managed to make a telling connection.
    • 68' CHANCE! Valdo gives the ball away on the edge of the box, but Jonas fails to adminster punishment as he fires wide of the Levante goal.
    • 65' Jose Barkero is the latest player to go in the referee's book for a stupid challenge on Jeremy Mathieu.
    • 64' Valencia need to stretch the play, get the ball in wide areas and draw the opposition out. Right now they're forcing it.
    • 62' Another petulant foul. Another free kick. Another stoppage in play.
    • 61' You can see frustration is starting to seep into Valencia's play.
    • 59' Valencia have upped the tempo, but they just can't find their groove. They look tense.
    • 57' Sofiane Feghouli is clearly fouled on the edge of the Levante box, but the referee waves play on. Ridiculous decision.
    • 56' CHANCE! Ball into the box finds its way to Jonas, who fires off a snap shot, but Gustavo Munua is equal to it.
    • 54' GOAL! 1-1! Arouna Kone levels the scores. Jose Barkero lofted a ball to the back post to Valdo, who nodded the ball down to Kone to sweep home.
    • 52' Valencia struggling to find their rhythm in this second half.
    • 51' Juanfran booked for a wild challenge on Antonio Barragan.
    • 50' Risky challenge from Valencia defender Antonio Barragan on Arouna Kone in the box, but he gets the ball... Just.
    • 49' .... And the home side waste that too, with another over hit delivery.
    • 48' But they waste it... All is not lost, Levante commit a stupid foul to give them a free kick in a promising position.
    • 47' Positive start from Valencia. They win a corner after a powerful forward run from Sofiane Feghouli.
    • 45' Levante get the second half started.
    • 45+1' Half-time: Valencia 1-0 Levante. Home side head in 1-0 up thanks to a goal from Jonas.
    • 45' Valencia may have dominated possession, but lots of sloppy play in this game. Misplaced passes aplenty.
    • 44' Another free kick. Lots of niggly fouls in this game. Yes, the referee has been trigger happy with his cards, but the players are nibbling away at each other.
    • 43' After a poor free kick Valencia manage to get the ball back and find Jonas unmarked in the box, but his control is poor and Levante manage to clear the danger.
    • 42' Free kick to Valencia in the final third of the pitch, out wide on the left.
    • 40' Oh dear oh dear. After getting the ball into a great position on the edge of the box, Valdo contrives to pass the ball.... out of play with no Levante play in sight.
    • 38' Levante so slow to use the ball when they do get it. Keep getting caught in possession.
    • 37' The homeside have enjoyed 74% of the possession.
    • 35' GOAL! 1-0 to Valencia. Artiz Aduriz played a fantastic reverse pass to Sofiane Feghouli inside the right back and the French midfielder slid the ball across to Jonas to tap the ball into an empty net.
    • 34' Daniel Parejo is booked for the challenge on Valdo.
    • 34' Free kick to Levante out wide on the right after a clumsy challenge on Valdo.
    • 32' Aritz Aduriz gallops down the left wing, but is stopped in his tracks by a great challenge from Levante captain Sergio Ballesteros.
    • 30' Parejo does very well to get down the right and whip over a testing cross, but Aduriz cannot get on the end of it.
    • 29' Valencia keep the ball in the Levante half, but again it's almost overly patient from the hosts.
    • 28' Parejo and Albelda keep the ball for their side, but Torres eventually steps in to make an interception.
    • 27' Mathieu makes a robust challenge on Pedro to halt a potential Levante attack.
    • 26' Kone does well to hold up the ball as he takes it down on halfway once more, and he makes good ground for his side as he brings Barkero into the play.
    • 25' The referee rather hastily books Cabral, before Feghouli also finds his name in the book.
    • 23' Barkero attempts another ambitious drive from outside the box, but it's too high and sails out of play.
    • 21' Parejo collides badly with Pedro, who stays down and wins a free kick just inside the Valencia half.
    • 20' Levante push their hosts back up the field, but again Valencia are in possession as they remain patient.
    • 19' Valencia continue to dominate the possession, and a deep cross falls to Aduriz who is unable to turn the ball goalwards.
    • 17' Valencia keep the ball inside their half, and eventually break from deep through Pablo.
    • 16' Barkero curls an exquisite free kick agonisingly over the crossbar, and that was very close from the forward.
    • 15' Parejo blasts a wild shot over the crossbar, and that was another good opportunity for the midfielder inside the Levante box!
    • 14' Valdo battles fiercely for the ball in midfield with Albelda also scrapping away tirelessly.
    • 13' Levante break from deep, with Fuente and Torres keeping the ball with real patience.
    • 12' Parejo forces his way into the Levante box, and Ballesteros switches off as the midfielder blasts a wild shot over the crossbar!
    • 11' Valencia keep possession in the final third, but Levante defend stoutly to clear repeatedly.
    • 10' Munua takes an age over a goal kick as he eventually picks out Barkero upfield, and Valencia have to defend.
    • 9' Rami receives a ticking off from his coach as he is caught out of position by Kone, but the forward cannot get a shot away.
    • 7' Kone and Barkero hold the ball up effectively for their side, but the pair do not manage to create a real opening.
    • 6' Barragan produces a barnstorming run down the right, and the defender almost manages to pick out a decent cross but Cabral heads away.
    • 5' Valencia keep the ball deep inside their half now, and Levante are unable to apply any real pressure.
    • 4' Valdo is bundled over by Albelda, and the Levante midfielder wins a free kick on halfway.
    • 3' The hosts stroke the ball around at the back, and Levante continue to sit very deep indeed.
    • 2' Valencia keep the ball very comfortably as the visitors back off, and the hosts start very brightly.
    • 1' The first half is underway, and Jonas immediately races on to a long ball from Parejo, only for Munua to race out and clear.
    • 16:55 MATCH ODDS: Valencia 4/6, Levante 5/1, Draw 3/1 - they look gnerous to me; Levante are in form and Valencia are not. A punt on the score draw?
    • 16:50 FACTS: Levante have won two of their last three on the road in the league (W2 L1); Levante are, along with Rayo Vallecano, the only LigaBBVA side yet to drop a point in the last 15 minutes of games this season.
    • 16:50 FACTS: Emery’s men have lost their last two league games and have not lost three in a row since March/April 2008 (four defeats); Valencia are without a win in three at home for the first time in the league this season (D1 L2).
    • 16:50 FACTs: Valencia are unbeaten in their last five top-flight meetings with Levante (W3 D2); Levante have never won at Mestalla in the league (D2 L4); Levante have drawn their last two league games at Valencia (both 0-0).
    • 16:45 Juan Ignacio Martínez: "It will be a very attractive game for everyone. We are together in the standings, with a game between us and a difference of three points. It is true that we are having a sensational season in all areas."
    • 16:45 Unai Emery: "I understand the fans' unhappiness, so I made the call for us to be united. There will be voices calling for solutions [to our problems]. I must stay firm and give all of my dedication to the job. The team is not in good shape, and we have to recover. Against Levante, we have to be ourselves again."
    • 16:40 Levante surprisingly name second-string keeper Keylor Navas on the bench. He had been given dispensation to skip work due to personal issues, but returns in time for the match. Juan Ignacio Martinez's side are otherwise full strength.
    • 16:40 Valencia are without Jordi Alba and Roberto Soldado due to suspension, while Angel Dealbert, Bruno and Miguel miss the match after picking up injuries. Ever Banega and Sergio Canales, who suffered long-term injuries earlier this season, are still out. Hedwiges Maduro continues to make progress in his recovery from an ankle injury but is not fit in time to face Levante.
    • 16:35 This is a rarity for a Valencia derby in that both teams are chasing Champions League football. Valencia are primed in third on 47 points: a win would take them three points of Malaga to 50. Levante, meanwhile, are fifth: a vitory would see them sneak above Malaga on goal difference. Unless it's a thrashing for Levante, they would sit behind Valencia on goal difference until the end of the season, when it suddenly switches to head-to-head. Valencia lead that after a 2-0 win away in November. La Liga standings
    • 16:30 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Valenciano derby between Valencia and Levante at the Mestalla.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

  • Levante UD

    Manager: Juan Ignacio Martínez

  • Line-up

    Expected Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • V. Guaita
      • A. Barragán
      • A. Rami
      • Víctor Ruiz
      • J. Mathieu
      • D. Albelda Substitution Out (77′)
      • D. Parejo Yellow Card
      • S. Feghouli Yellow Card Substitution Out (77′)
      • Jonas Goal Substitution Out (87′)
      • Pablo Yellow Card
      • Adúriz Yellow Card

      Subs

      • Ricardo Costa
      • P. Piatti Substitution In77′
      • Tino Substitution In77′
      • M. Topal
      • Diego Alves
      • Alcácer Substitution In87′
      • J. Bernat
    • Starting line-up

      • G. Munúa
      • P. López
      • S. Ballesteros
      • G. Cabral Yellow Card
      • Juanfrán Yellow Card
      • Xavi Torres
      • V. Iborra Substitution Out (74′)
      • Valdo
      • J. Barkero Yellow Card Substitution Out (81′)
      • Botelho Substitution Out (90′)
      • A. Koné Goal

      Subs

      • Javi Venta
      • D. Navarro
      • K. Navas
      • F. Farinós Substitution In74′
      • Rubén Suárez Substitution In90′
      • N. El Zhar
      • A. Ghezzal Substitution In81′
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