Sunday December 18, 2011 Day 17 Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 2 - 0 Málaga CF

  • Soldado 36’, 61’

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  1. Super Soldado puts Malaga to the sword

    Super Soldado puts Malaga to the sword

    Roberto Soldado scored a goal in each half to give Valencia a 2-0 win over Malaga at the Mestalla. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Málaga CF
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle. A 2-0 win for the home side. Soldado makes all the difference. Thanks for joining us.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added.
    • 88' Valencia four points ahead of Levante in third spot with this win. Set to head for the winter break as the third best team in Spain behind Barca and Real.
    • 87' Miguel on the run before he loses the ball. Valencia then pick up the loose ball and continue to fraternise with the passing game.
    • 86' Jonas makes way for Piatti as the home fans start to head for the exit door. Job has been done long time ago.
    • 85' Hernandez booked for a late tackle on Toulalan. Clock against Malaga in this one.
    • 84' Málaga are yet to win in the league this season when van Nistelrooy hasn’t played: two draws and one defeat
    • 83' The Dutch striker Van Nistelrooy has made a difference since he has come on. No doubt about that, but Malaga remain without a goal.
    • 82' Van Nistelrooy speeds into the area. Flicks a shot at the home goal, but Alves stands tall to stop.
    • 81' Daniel Parejo replaces Banega, who has had a fine night for the home side.
    • 80' Soldado making some terrific runs across the line. Valencia piling on the pressure.
    • 79' Soldado races onto Banega's pass, but he lifts the ball wide of goal. Glorious chance for the hat-trick, but can't convert.
    • 78' Lovely play by Soldado to set up Hernandez with the cutback, but he blasts over the bar. Was a chance for an instant impact.
    • 77' Pablo Hernández replaces Sofiane Feghouli for Valencia.
    • 76' Duda pulls a shot wide of the goal after Alves had saved from Van Nistelrooy. Malaga trying to find a way back.
    • 75' Feghouli thumps a shot at the home goal. Dipped and swerved in the air, but Cabellero did enough to make the stop.
    • 74' Rondon is replaced by Fernandez as Malaga shuffle their pack.
    • 73' Isco departs to be replaced by Duda.
    • 72' Valencia come again as Malaga continue to try to find a way back into this match. Isco fouls Banega. Free-kick to the home side.
    • 71' Miguel gives the ball straight to Cazorla. Valencia sense a third goal here.
    • 70' Alba taken out by Demichelis, who is booked for that effort.
    • 69' Mathieu tries to collect a loose ball. Just fails to pick up. Rondon tries to feed Van Nistelrooy, but cut out. Sums up their night.
    • 68' Valencia content to knock the ball around. Would dearly love a third goal heading for the final 20 or minutes.
    • 67' Banega tries an effort from 40 yards out, but he smacks the shot well over the bar.
    • 66' Alves has made a few stops, but nothing has really tested the home keeper as Isco knocks another shot straight at Alves.
    • 65' Van Nistelrooy arrives to replace Juanmi for the visiting side.
    • 64' Isco cuts inside his marker before thumping a shot at goal from 20 yards. Too near Alves, who dives to make the save.
    • 63' Looks like Van Nistelrooy is getting ready to come on for the visiting side.
    • 62' Valencia boss Emery can't hide his delight as Banega clips the cross deep, but just too much on the cross to find Soldado.
    • 61' Now his 16th goal of the season. 2-0 and the quality in front of goal has been the difference this evening.
    • 60' GOAL! Soldado thumps home a volley from Alba's cross and that should be game, set and match. A 2-0 lead. Surely all over. What a finish that is.
    • 59' Game beginning to open up. Rami stands up as Juanmi prods an effort just wide of the goal.
    • 58' A booklng for Miguel for taking out Mathieu with a late tackle.
    • 57' Rondon tries an overhead kick. Doesn't connect with the ball, and Valencia will have the goalkick.
    • 56' Juanmi with the ball across goal, but Miguel is there to clear. Wasted chance with Rondon out at the back post unmarked. Chance lost.
    • 55' Valencia have a corner. Emery off the bench. Not looking too pleased. The corner is a bit of a mess and Malaga can break.
    • 54' Malaga with nine shots at goal compared to six by the home side, but it is Valencia who lead. Cazorla with a poor pass as Alves collects.
    • 53' Cazorla helping to break up the Valencia attack in midfield. Cazorla picks out Gamez, but his cross is poor and Valencia again clear the danger.
    • 52' A win tonight would carry Malaga above Osasuna into fifth place. Wouldn't yet right them off.
    • 51' Malaga certainly not lacking ideas in this match. Should really be level.
    • 50' Alves rises to fist out a corner. Rondon almost in on goal from Joaquin's pass, but Diego Alves dives to save.
    • 49' Valencia nod Cazorla's free-kick behind for a corner. Chance then to apply more pressure. A bit of pushing in the box as Demichelis nudges Diego Alves. Valencia have the free-kick.
    • 48' Jordi Alba late on Isco before Banega is late on the same man. Malaga with a free-kick in the home half.
    • 47' Di Michelis thumps the ball out of play early in the second half.
    • 46' Valencia get the second period off and running.
    • 45+1' There goes the whislte for the break. A 1-0 lead for the home side is a bit harsh on Malaga.
    • 44' A minute to be added to the first period.
    • 43' Banega's dead ball delivery is nodded out. Malaga coach Pellegrini out of his technical area. Surely can't be too unhappy with what he has watched this evening so far despite the loss of the goal.
    • 42' A booking then for Mathijsen as he brings down Soldado. Free-kick for the home side.
    • 41' Soldado heads across the face of the Malaga goal at the other end, but Caballero is quickly onto to the loose ball to collect.
    • 40' Cazorla goes for goal from the free-kick, but smacks the ball into the home wall. Poor free-kick.
    • 39' Jonas in a bit of pain here. Needing the magic sponge. Rami almost caught him with a wretched two-footed challenge seconds earlier.
    • 38' Albelda booked for a savage tackle on Jonas. An awful challenge.
    • 37' Emery celebrated with some joy there as that ball hit the net. He loved that moment. Valencia would only be four points behind second-placed Barcelona with a win here.
    • 36' Roberto Soldado is the top-scoring Spanish player in Europe’s top five leagues this season (ten).
    • 35' One chance, one goal. Valencia have not been in the game, but they have the lead out of nothing. The home side off and running.
    • 34' GOAL! Soldado goes beyond Caballero to slot his 15th goal of the season. 10 in the league. Superb finish from Jonas' pass.
    • 33' Demichelis late on Feghouli and Valencia have a free-kick. Thrown into the mixer by Banega, but nothing doing as Malaga again deal with the danger.
    • 32' Málaga have conceded the second-most first half goals in the league this season (14). Don't look to be in any danger so far.
    • 31' Isco taken out again in the centre of the park by Mathieu. Malaga continue to enjoy the bright moments in the match.
    • 30' Joaquin is really giving Valencia some headaches. He and Rondon enjoying their night so far. Alves forced to claw out Joaquin's shot.
    • 29' Albelda booked for a two-footed challenge on Rondon.
    • 28' Isco taken out by Banega. Lucky to avoid a booking for that crunching talk
    • 27' Lovely little run into the area by Joaquin. Super stuff really, but his cross is fisted away by Alves. Valencia survive another hairy moment.
    • 26' Cazorla has a chance on the edge of the area, and his shot is charged down. Malaga looking so comfortable on the ball.
    • 25' Miguel flies into a late tackle on Joaquin. Malaga continue on the attack. The visiting side enjoying the brighter moments in this match.
    • 24' Miguel darts up a flank. Cuts inside, but goes for goal instead of the cross as Caballero dives to his left to make an easy stop.
    • 23' Jonas takes a tumble under pressure, but the referee waves play on. Valencia back on the ball seconds later. All very neat and tidy in passing.
    • 22' Emery out of his technical area encouraging his side to show a bit more urgency. Rondon's shot is blocked by a white shirt.
    • 21' Isco clatters Mathieu with a late tackle as Valencia meander up the park. Not in any great rush to go anywhere at the moment.
    • 20' Banega slams a shot inches over the bar from distance. Worth a bash, but always rising.
    • 19' Mathieu takes out Jesus Gamez with a late challenge. This match yet to really burst to life.
    • 18' Super little run by Cazorla into the home area, but Diego Alves reacts by hammering it away from the danger zone. Good little spell from the visitors.
    • 17' Juanmi making his debut for Malaga tonight. Isco picks out Joaquin in the box, but Rami deals with the danger. Malaga seeing plenty of the ball.
    • 16' Nice run through the middle by Juanmi, but he failed to connect with the ball as Alves comes off his line to collect without too much fuss.
    • 15' All a bit slow at the moment. Both teams seem to be feeling each other out without going for the killer blow.
    • 14' Manuel Pellegrini’s men have only won one of their last six league away games (D2 L3). Would love to change that his evening.
    • 13' Malaga appeal for offside against Soldado from Banega's deft pass. Flicks the ball wide of goal. Caballero wouldn't have been too happy if that had hit the net.
    • 12' Demichelis charging about at the back for the visitors. He is up for the battle with Soldado.
    • 11' Valencia keeping the ball at the back. Content to roll it around. Malaga content to let the home side have it deep.
    • 10' The last four league meetings between these sides ended in wins for Unai Emery’s side, making this Málaga joint-poorest-ever run against one side in Primera (except Madrid and Barca).
    • 9' Soldado battling for space in the middle of the box, but Caballero is out quickly to collect. A real battle between Soldado and the visiting stoppers so far.
    • 8' Jonas controls the ball on the edge of the box from Demichelis' clearance. Drills the ball in low, but straight at Caballero.
    • 7' Diego Alves out to collect a cross ball. Looking sharp. Pitch is in execellent condition it must be said. Ideal for passing football.
    • 6' Rondon goes for goal from distance, but that effort flies well over the bar. Bright start by the men in the purple strips.
    • 5' Valencia are unbeaten at home in the league against Malaga CF since 1999/00: W7 D3, while the former Málaga managed just one win at Valencia in Primera.
    • 4' Cazorla scuffs a shot wide from distance - a shame as that was some nice build-up play from Malaga.
    • 3' The teams: Valencia: Diego Alves, Miguel, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Albelda, Banega, Feghouli, Jonas, Mathieu, Soldado. /// Malaga: Willy Caballero, Jesús Gámez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Monreal, Joaquín, Toulalan, Cazorla, Isco, Juanmi and Rondón.
    • 2' A little tangle up in the box give Valencia a half-hearted shout at a penalty but the referee waves play on.
    • 1' Welcome to our live coverage from the Mestella - we have just kicked off.
  • Summary

    • 82' Van Nistelrooy speeds into the area. Flicks a shot at the home goal, but Alves stands tall to stop.
    • 79' Soldado races onto Banega's pass, but he lifts the ball wide of goal. Glorious chance for the hat-trick, but can't convert.
    • 76' Duda pulls a shot wide of the goal after Alves had saved from Van Nistelrooy. Malaga trying to find a way back.
    • 64' Isco cuts inside his marker before thumping a shot at goal from 20 yards. Too near Alves, who dives to make the save.
    • 60' GOAL! Soldado thumps home a volley from Alba's cross and that should be game, set and match. A 2-0 lead. Surely all over. What a finish that is.
    • 34' GOAL! Soldado goes beyond Caballero to slot his 15th goal of the season. 10 in the league. Superb finish from Jonas' pass.
    • 27' Lovely little run into the area by Joaquin. Super stuff really, but his cross is fisted away by Alves. Valencia survive another hairy moment.
    • 3' The teams: Valencia: Diego Alves, Miguel, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Albelda, Banega, Feghouli, Jonas, Mathieu, Soldado. /// Malaga: Willy Caballero, Jesús Gámez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Monreal, Joaquín, Toulalan, Cazorla, Isco, Juanmi and Rondón.
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  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

  • Málaga CF

    Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

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