Saturday September 10, 2011 Day 3 Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 1 - 0 Atlético Madrid

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  1. Soldado scores again as Valencia win

    Soldado scores again as Valencia win

    Valencia maintained their 100 per cent record at the start of the season in La Liga with a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Mesta More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Atlético Madrid
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes and once again Soldado is the goal hero for Valencia! Atletico are still yet to score.
    • 90' Four minutes of injury time are signalled. Atletico don't look like they will be able to level in that time.
    • 87' Falcao has not had much influence at all this evening. It will clearly take him time to adapt. The Colombian scored 41 goals in 50 league games at Porto, so you have to think he will come good sooner rather than later.
    • 84' Falcao was inside the Valencia there, screaming for a simple pass across to him from Turan that never came.
    • 83' GREAT SAVE FROM GUAITA! Turan stormed into the box from the right and hit a smart low finish for inside the near bottom corner but Guaita is down quickly to tip it round the post!
    • 81' Unai Emery is making all kinds of gestures and hand movements on the sidelines to his players. he knows this match isn't won yet.
    • 79' Atletico have numbers on Valencia as they burst forward, but it's a case of one pass too many as they try to break through and give Los Che time to regroup.
    • 77' Atletico substitution: Juanfran replaces Mario Suarez.
    • 75' Diego goes down inside the area as Guaita comes off his line to collect the ball. The Brazilian wants a penalty, but again the referee ignores the appeals.
    • 73' Atletico have a corner, but valencia clear the initial ball and the offside flag goes up as the second ball comes in.
    • 72' Atletico are beginning to get more possession now, but Valencia are defending stoutly.
    • 70' Valencia substitution: Sergio Canales replaces Jonas.
    • 69' Jonas has gone down with a touch of cramp. but it's more than thatm, obviously, because he is being stretchered off.
    • 68' Soldado pushes his way in front of his marker to meet a cross, but his touch sends it tamely back to Courtois.
    • 66' Valencia substitution: Mehmet Topal replaces Tino Costa.
    • 65' Atletico take a free-kick quickly and Diego, making his Atletico debut, tries to sprint forward with the ball and catch Valencia cold, but his touch lets him down.
    • 63' Atletico substitution: Diego replaces Tiago.
    • 61' Valencia substitution: Jordi Alba replaces Piatti.
    • 60' Tiago is the latest player to be booked for a bad tackle on Piatti.
    • 59' Lovely run into the Valencia box from Turan but the final ball was lacking.
    • 58' Atletico substitution: Arda Turan replaces Adrian.
    • 56' Another big penalty appeal for the home side as Miguel's cross rebounds off the arm of Dominguez. It would have been harsh to give that, his arm was moving away from the ball.
    • 54' A Valencia player goes down in the Atletico box. The crowd want a penalty but the referee rightly ignores the appeals.
    • 53' That's Roberto Soldado's fourth goal of the season, but his over-enthusiastic celebrations earn him a yellow card.
    • 52' GOAL!! Valencia score and guess who breaks the deadlock?! Miguel hits a lovely first-time cross to the far post where Soldado heads past Courtois and in!
    • 49' It was a combination of Guaita and Rami who ensured that Falcao did not score on his Atletico Madrid debut.
    • 48' Scramble in the Valencia six-yard box and Falcao gets in a shot in the turn but it;s smothered by Guaita! Atletico so close to scoring the opener!
    • 47' Pablo is caught just a shade offside as he chases a ball over the top down the left channel.
    • 46' Valencia get the second half underway! No changes for either side at the break.
    • 45+1' The whistle goes for half-time, and so far Valencia have looked the most threatening but it remains 0-0.
    • 45' Just one minute of added time is signalled.
    • 44' Mathieu again with a decent cross as his near-post delivery is met by Soldado's header, but the flick-on is an easy catch for Courtois.
    • 42' Valencia have the chance to send the ball in from the set piece but instead they take it short and the move breaks down. That's the second free-kick opportunity they have wasted so far this evening.
    • 41' The game's first booking goes to Mario Suarez for getting a handful of Piatti's shirt.
    • 40' Mathieu's cross is held up by soldado before it is laid off for Jonas to strike... Courtois beats the shot away but Pablo picks uup the loose ball and picks out Jonas again... Fired high and wide!
    • 37' Valencia are looking for their second win in a row following their 4-3 victory over Racing santander last weekend. Atletico are yet to score this term after drawing 0-0 with Osasuna last time out.
    • 36' Plenty of rough and tumble in the Atletico box and Piati is penalised for hauling down Miranda.
    • 34' Adrian surges forward down the right channel. Valencia are able to hold their line and reduce his options, sdo the ball is laid off back to Reyes who strikes over the bar.
    • 33' Spain manager Vicente del Bosque is in the crowd. Plenty of eligible players for him to look at here.
    • 32' Atletico are beginning to play their way back into this match now, with plenty of attacking possession.
    • 31' Falcao has a chance to geton the scoresheet before Miguel shows great composure to cut across him and steal the ball.
    • 29' Valencia have a free-kick and take it quickly, but too quickly. Two white shirts were clearly offside.
    • 28' Valencia defend the corner robustly and the danger subsides.
    • 27' Reyes fires the ball over to the far post and Dominguez's ball back across goal is blocked for a corner.
    • 26' Atletico have a free-kick in dangerous territory. Reyes wil be a danger with his delivery here...
    • 24' Great work from Tiago who lifts the ball over the top of the defence to Adrian. The Spain U21 striker connects well but Guaita is off his line quickly to spread himself and make the block. The ball rebounds right into Falcao's face and then away to safety.
    • 22' Nifty little drop of the shoulder from Tino Costa and he drifts into the centre to have a pop from 20 yards out or so, but it's an easy stop for Courtois.
    • 20' GREAT CHANCE FOR SOLDADO! Valencia break at speed and Pablo surges down the right. He sees Soldado call for the ball at the far post and puts in a cross that the striker frires way over the bar on the volley! Soldado connected well but struck it far too hard!
    • 18' Valencia travel to Belgium to face genk int he Champions League on Tuesday, while Atletico host Celtic on Thursday in the Europa League.
    • 16' When these two terams met at the Mestalla last season, Artiz Aduriz struck late to cancel out Simao Sabrosa's opener and seal a 1-1 draw. Simao has since left for Turkey and Aduriz is only on the Valencia bench tonight.
    • 14' Soldado taps a weighted pass into Tino Costa's path and he finishes past Courtois! The linesman's flag is up for offside against Costa, but replays show he was level when Soldado made the pass. Very unfortunate.
    • 13' SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GOAL! Great run down the right by Miguel and a wicked low cross but no-one was able to convert! Just behind Soldado, who thought he was held by Dominguez.
    • 12' Good save from the on-loan Chelsea keeper Courtois as Soldado raced behind the defence, the Belgian closing the gap and making himself big. Corner.
    • 11' Mathieu goes on a surging run, really good play from him to get from left-back to the box but he smashes the finish well wide. Only scored once last season and it shows.
    • 9' A high ball into the Valencia box causes confusion a Guaita fails to come, eventually Falcao fouls Rami and Valencia have a free-kick.
    • 8' Piatti appears to be caught by Suarez but play on says the ref.
    • 7' Soldado flicks on the corner but Atletico clear easily enough.
    • 6' Soldado has a pop from range and it takes a touch off an Atletico defender, wide for a corner.
    • 4' Suarez hooks it forward and Falcao is in but a good tackle from Mathieu, allowing Guaita and Ruiz to close it off.
    • 3' Cagey start as the two teams size each other up...
    • 2' FACT: Valencia have only won one of their last five league meetings with Atletico.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Mestalla.
    • 20:58 Odds: Valencia 10/11, Atletico Madrid 11/4, Draw 13/5.
    • 20:58 Atletico boss Gregorio Manzano: "All of the international players have arrived safely. (Arda) Turan has some discomfort and trained away from his peers yesterday, while Falcao has a small blow, but ultimately they will be used tomorrow (Saturday)."
    • 20:58 Valencia boss Unai Emery: "Atletico want the same as Valencia and that is to play in the Champions League. It means a lot to us. Valencia-Atletico Madrid are always lively games that are enjoyed by fans who have no interest in either of the two teams that are involved in the game."
    • 20:55 For Valencia Miguel starts despite the club trying to flog him in the summer, thanks to Bruno being injured. Ruiz makes his debut in defence. For Atletico, Falcao will start after his £35m move from Porto but a host of players - Diego Godin, Pizzi, Jorge Pulido, Sergio Asenjo, Eduardo Salvio and Diego Costa - all miss out.
    • 20:50 TEAMS - Valencia: Guaita. Miguel, Mathieu, Ruiz, Rami, Albelda, Tino, Pablo, Piatti, Jonas, Soldado; Subs: Alves, Costa, Topal, Banega, Alba, Canales, Aduriz /// Atletico: Courtois, Silvio, Filipe, Dominguez, Miranda, Gabi, Tiago, Suarez, Reyes, Adrian, Falcao; Subs: Diego, Lopez, Perea, Juanfran, Assuncao, Turan, Joel
    • 20:45 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of this big clash between Valencia and Atletico, perennial Champions League chasers but looking over their shoulders at the likes of Getafe and Malaga.
  • Summary

    • 83' GREAT SAVE FROM GUAITA! Turan stormed into the box from the right and hit a smart low finish for inside the near bottom corner but Guaita is down quickly to tip it round the post!
    • 52' GOAL!! Valencia score and guess who breaks the deadlock?! Miguel hits a lovely first-time cross to the far post where Soldado heads past Courtois and in!
    • 48' Scramble in the Valencia six-yard box and Falcao gets in a shot in the turn but it;s smothered by Guaita! Atletico so close to scoring the opener!
    • 40' Mathieu's cross is held up by soldado before it is laid off for Jonas to strike... Courtois beats the shot away but Pablo picks uup the loose ball and picks out Jonas again... Fired high and wide!
    • 20' GREAT CHANCE FOR SOLDADO! Valencia break at speed and Pablo surges down the right. He sees Soldado call for the ball at the far post and puts in a cross that the striker frires way over the bar on the volley! Soldado connected well but struck it far too hard!
    • 14' Soldado taps a weighted pass into Tino Costa's path and he finishes past Courtois! The linesman's flag is up for offside against Costa, but replays show he was level when Soldado made the pass. Very unfortunate.
    • 13' SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GOAL! Great run down the right by Miguel and a wicked low cross but no-one was able to convert! Just behind Soldado, who thought he was held by Dominguez.
    • 12' Good save from the on-loan Chelsea keeper Courtois as Soldado raced behind the defence, the Belgian closing the gap and making himself big. Corner.
    • 11' Mathieu goes on a surging run, really good play from him to get from left-back to the box but he smashes the finish well wide. Only scored once last season and it shows.
    • 20:50 TEAMS - Valencia: Guaita. Miguel, Mathieu, Ruiz, Rami, Albelda, Tino, Pablo, Piatti, Jonas, Soldado; Subs: Alves, Costa, Topal, Banega, Alba, Canales, Aduriz /// Atletico: Courtois, Silvio, Filipe, Dominguez, Miranda, Gabi, Tiago, Suarez, Reyes, Adrian, Falcao; Subs: Diego, Lopez, Perea, Juanfran, Assuncao, Turan, Joel

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  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

  • Atlético Madrid

    Manager: Gregorio Manzano

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