Sunday February 26, 2012 Day 25 Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 1 - 2 Sevilla FC

  • Tino 25’
  • Medel 36’
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  1. Sevilla shock Valencia

    Sevilla shock Valencia

    Sevilla recorded their first away win in La Liga since November with a 2-1 victory over Valencia at the Mestalla. More

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    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Sevilla FC
    • - Valencia had the better of the possession, but it was Sevilla's superior counter attack that came out on top at the Mestalla. I'll be back for Atletico Madrid against Barcelona later. In the meantime, send your comments my way via Twitter: @rich_newman
    • 90'+4 It's all over! Sevilla beat Valencia 2-1 at the Mestalla! It's the visitors first away win in La Liga since November.
    • 90'+4 Lots of pushing and shoving inside the Sevilla box, and the referee has some work to do to sort out the scuffles.
    • 90+4' Palop again has to tip the ball over the bar from a corner.
    • 90'+3 Free kick is taken by Valencia just inside the Sevilla half, it's deep, and Palop has to tip it over the bar! Corner.
    • 90'+2 Aduriz does well to bring the ball down on the edge of the Sevilla box and tries a volley which goes wide.
    • 90'+2 Shot from Pablo just inside the Sevilla box but it's straight at Palop. Should have done better with that.
    • 90'+1 We'll have four minutes of stoppage time.
    • 90' Yellow card for Medel for holding back Aduriz.
    • 89' Sevilla are heading for their first victory away in La Liga since November.
    • 88' Final change for Sevilla, Trochowski is coming on for Rakitic.
    • 87' Yellow card for Navarro for squaring up to Albelda.
    • 86' The Senegal striker is back on his feet and play restarts.
    • 85' Diawara is down for Sevilla, and the stretcher is on.
    • 84' Valencia seem to be missing the attacking threat of Bruno.
    • 84' Feghouli chips the ball into Soldado but the ball won't sit for him and he can't get the shot away.
    • 83' Tino Costa, once again, plays in a cross that hits the first man, and the attack breaks down.
    • 82' Pablo wins a free kick for Valencia on the left side of midfield. It's in a dangerous position, and Tino Costa stands over the ball to whip in the set piece.
    • 82' Until that one! Feghouli finds Aduriz, but he misses the ball completely from 8 yards out and it's cleared by Sevilla.
    • 81' Too often this evening Valencia have tried to play crosses into the box that lack any kind of conviction.
    • 80' Valencia haven't really done enough in this second half to threaten the visitors.
    • 79' Cross comes in from Pablo but it's a poor one again which is smothered by Palop.
    • 78' Tino Costa takes a shot from just outside the Sevilla box which is straight at Palop.
    • 77' Feghouli lashes at a shot from the corner of the Sevilla box and it goes high and wide.
    • 76' Final substitution for Valencia, Mathieu is replaced by Pablo.
    • 75' Yellow card for Aduriz, he was climbing all over Spahic who is still down injured.
    • 74' Valencia have fifteen minutes to find the equaliser.
    • 73' Two substitutions to tell you about, Negredo leaves the field to be replaced by Baba Diawara. Bruno comes off for Valencia and Barragan replaces him.
    • 72' Sevilla nearly threaten again! Lax defending by Valencia and they could be punished again if they're not careful.
    • 71' They've looked dangerous on the counter attack, and Sevilla lead at the Mestalla.
    • 70' GOAL! Navas scores for Sevilla! The visitors counter attack down the left side, and it's awful defending by Valencia. A lovely ball from Rakitic falls to Kanoute - he can't quite finish the move off and Guaita doesn't claim the ball - Kanoute pokes the ball past him, and Navas slots the ball away into the empty net!
    • 69' Lovely play on the right side by Bruno and Feghouli, and the former whips in a ball which is cleared for a throw.
    • 67' Feghouli plays a poor cross into the Sevilla box which is easily caught by Palop.
    • 66' Palop gets away with that - the goalkeeper rushes out of goal but was always second favoruite out on the right side. Aduriz beats the 'keeper to it but his touch is poor and it's out of play for a goal kick.
    • 65' Meanwhile, Liverpool look on course for an extra time Carling Cup final victory over Cardiff - follow that here
    • 64' Counter attack from Valencia after the Sevilla free kick, Jordi Alba is played in but the ball is just too long for him and Palop comes out to clear.
    • 63' Nice bit of skill from del Moral, Bruno can't keep up with him and brings him down, earning him a booking.
    • 62' Penalty shout from the Valencia fans, not the players though, as Soldado is crowded out by the Sevilla defence.
    • 61' Valencia make their first change, with Jonas making way for Aduriz.
    • 60' Navas is through on goal but the ball bounces wide. The winger is forced to play in a cross but it's a poor one.
    • 59' First substitution of the match for Sevilla: Reyes, who has finally come to life in the last 5 minutes, is replaced by del Moral.
    • 58' Nice hold up play by Kanoute, who plays in Navas to play in a low cross which is cleared by Valencia.
    • 57' Reyes gets into the Valencia box and fires the shot towards goal. It's saved by Guaita and goes out for a corner.
    • 56' Reyes plays in Negredo who gets to the goal line and attempts to get the cross in to Kanoute, but it's claimed by 'keeper Guaita.
    • 55' Neither side can quite get on top at the start of this second half. Valencia possibly just have the edge but Sevilla look dangerous on the counter attack.
    • 54' Jordi Alba gets on the end of a deep cross from Feghouli and tries to get the ball back into the danger area. It goes out for a corner but nothing comes of it.
    • 53' Negredo gets on the end of a lovely through ball from Reyes and turns Ruiz. Just when he's about to pull the trigger, Rami gets in a crucial tackle and Negredo then fouls the Frenchman.
    • 52' Jonas tries a curling effort just outside the Sevilla box but it's straight at Palop. Not a bad effort though.
    • 51' The ball comes to Negredo and the attack looks promising for Sevilla. But the Spain international promptly falls over.
    • 50' Kanoute is playing quite deep for Sevilla, and when the ball is played in by Navas, it's the Malian who can't keep up with play to get on the end of the cross.
    • 49' Well, after the bright start, it's got a little bit scrappy in the last few minutes.
    • 47' Bruno loves to get forward for Valencia, but Sevilla and Reyes in particular are failing to make the most of the right-back's enthusiasm for attack.
    • 46' Long ball played up early from the Valencia defence, it's a decent ball in but it's cleared away. Bright start from the home side.
    • 46' We're underway again at the Mestalla for the start of the second half.
    • 45'+1 The referee blows his whistle to end the first half. Sevilla probably just about have the edge going into the break. Half time: Valencia 1 Sevilla 1.
    • 45'+1 Negredo tries to create something once again but Rami mops up at the back and the ball is cleared.
    • 45' They'll be one minute of added time.
    • 45' Navarro plays the ball over the top and Negredo gets on the end of it. He's got the legs on Rami and gets the cross in to Kanoute who sticks a foot out but it's cleared off the line!
    • 44' Good persistence from Feghouli. He gets into the Sevilla box but it's well dealt with by Escude.
    • 43' The game has settled down a bit. Valencia had looked in control until Sevilla's equaliser.
    • 42' Mathieu plays a dangerous in swinging cross from the left which is well dealt with by the Valencia defence.
    • 41' The Sevilla equaliser came from Tino Costa not tracking Medel.
    • 40' Cross comes in from Navas and it's a moment of hesitation from Bruno, who controls the ball inside his own box, nearly makes a hash of it and eventually clears.
    • 40' The corner is another poor one, but the ball comes back to Sevilla, who have won a free kick just inside the Valencia half.
    • 39' Reyes swings in the corner but it fails to beat the first man, the ball comes back to the former Arsenal and Atletico Madrid man, and he wins another corner.
    • 38' Navas attacking down the right wing again and he's really come alive now. Valencia are struggling with his pace, and Sevilla win a corner, which Reyes will take.
    • 37' Sevilla hadn't looked likely to score all half, but it just took one moment of flair from Navas to create the opportunity to equalise.
    • 36' GOAL! Lovely play from Navas on the right wing, who bursts into the box and delivers a cross. It's missed completely by the Valencia defence, the ball bounces once and Medel stoops low to head in to the bottom left corner.
    • 35' Tino Costa has looked very impressive this evening.
    • 34' On paper, the Sevilla team looks full of creativity and goals. Unfortuantely, that hasn't been the case at all so far.
    • 33' Sevilla take a free kick quickly outside the Valencia box after some suspect defending from Rami, but Navas' shot is blocked.
    • 32' Seeing replays of the Valencia goal, and it really was wonderful. Lots of one touch moves, which was finished expertly by Tino Costa. One of those that gets better every time you watch it.
    • 31' Dangerous cross from Coke but the ball bounces in front of Negredo and it's gathered by Guaita.
    • 30' Dangerous corner from Tino Costa, which is well dealt with by Palop to punch away.
    • 30' Feghouli bursts into the Sevilla box and wins a corner.
    • 29' The Valencia goal has settled the home side down, and right now they look fairly comfortable.
    • 27' Sevilla need to get Navas into the game more if they want to get back on level terms. So much of their creativity comes through the winger.
    • 26' That goal came after Reyes lost possession inside his own half.
    • 25' GOAL! That's a lovely move from Valencia, and Tino Costa puts the home side 1-0 up. It looked like Los Che had overplayed it, but Alba lays the ball off to Costa just outside the box who fires in a low shot into the Palop's bottom right corner. Lovely strike.
    • 24' Both sides are exchanging possession, but chances are at a premium.
    • 23' The game is opening up a bit more now.
    • 22' Reyes gets away and is in plenty of space, but he's brought down by Costa and Rakitic will swing in the resulting free kick. It's cleared away by the Valencia defence.
    • 21' Soldado goes close! Good cross into the box and the Valencia striker looks to get ahead of Escude, but the Frenchman clears away. Good defending and the best chance of the match.
    • 20' Reyes gets into the Valencia box and from a tight angle fires a shot which is straight down the throat of Guaita.
    • 20' Hugely ambitious effort from Sevilla from the free kick, although it may not be intentional. The ball is claimed by Guaita.
    • 19' Kanoute is livid with the referee. The former Mali international looked like he was away but was held back by Ruiz.
    • 18' Costa curls in the free kick into the Sevilla box, but again it doesn't beat the first man. The ball comes to Feghouli but again it's a poor cross.
    • 17' Cross comes in from the Valencia left and Navarro should really leave it for Guaita but clears away. He makes a little bit of a hash of it, and it's now a free kick for Los Che.
    • 16' The corner is swung in, but no-one can get on the end of it and it's cleared away.
    • 16' Costa swings the corner in, but it's headed away by Negredo for another corner.
    • 15' Feghouli with a dangerous cross into the box which is cleared for a corner. Costa will take it.
    • 15' Ball whipped in and Jonas tries an ambitious back heel flick that goes high over the Sevilla crossbar.
    • 14' Valencia are attempting to play the ball long a little too often for my liking, but Soldado is having no luck at getting on the end of them. Jonas has just won a corner for the home side though.
    • 13' Spicy start to this match, with tackles flying in all over the place. Negredo is involved in a lot of it.
    • 12' Negredo tries to turn on the edge of the Valencia box, but he's blocked off.
    • 11' Long ball up to Jonas, but the Valencia man is crowded out by the Sevilla defence.
    • 10' Decent play from Bruno who gets forward to join the Valencia attack but the ball is cut out.
    • 9' Valencia striker Soldado won his first call up to the Spain squad since 2007 this week.
    • 8' A bright start from Sevilla, who look the most dangerous at the moment.
    • 7' Reyes takes the corner for Sevilla. It's another short one that comes to nothing.
    • 6' Rakitic takes the free kick straight against the wall, and the ball falls to Navas who wins a corner.
    • 5' Yellow card for Los Che captain Negredo after bringing down Reyes on the edge of the box. Chance here for the visitors in a dangerous position.
    • 5' Corner for Valencia after good work down the left wing. Costa takes it short and receives the ball short, it's intercepted.
    • 4' Two Spanish strikers will be hoping to prove a point to national team coach Vicente del Bosque this evening. Negredo and Soldado both in the squad at the expense of Fernando Torres.
    • 3' Both teams sussing each other out in the early stages, and there's been no chances so far.
    • 2' Navas, with some trickery in the centre circle, attempts to release Soldado but it's cut out by the Sevilla defence.
    • 1' We've underway at the Mestalla!
    • 16:58 The teams are out at the Mestalla, and are going through the formalities of the handshakes.
    • 16:55 Valencia knocked out Sevilla in the Copa del Rey last month. Their league form is sketchy, with only one win in their last seven Liga matches. They lost 5-1 to Barcelona last weekend.
    • 16:50 VALENCIA: Guaita, Alba, Bruno, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda, Costa, Feghouli, Jonas, Soldado. Subs: Alves, Topal, Aduriz, Barragan, Piatti, Hernandez, Parejo. /// SEVILLA: Palop, Coke, Spahic, Escude, Navarro, Navas, Medel, Rakitic, Reyes, Kanoute, Negredo. Subs: Varas, Trochowski, Campana, Luna, del Moral, Diawara, Cala.
    • 16:42 Which way do you see this game going? Fire your pre-match thoughts my way, via Twitter: @rich_newman
    • 16:40 It’s been a tough season for Sevilla, after years of consistently qualifying for Europe, they’re in the bottom half of the table. New manager Michel got his first win since taking charge last weekend, when his side beat Osasuna 2-0.
    • 16:38 Top of the table Real Madrid are in action at Rayo Vallecano right now. Real are 1-0 up with just under 10 minutes to go. Follow the remainder of that game here
    • 16:35 Valencia are comfortably third in La Liga, but start the day 11 points behind second placed Barcelona.
    • 16:30 Hello and welcome to our live La Liga coverage from the Mestalla, as Valencia host Sevilla.
  • Summary

    • 90'+3 Free kick is taken by Valencia just inside the Sevilla half, it's deep, and Palop has to tip it over the bar! Corner.
    • 90'+2 Shot from Pablo just inside the Sevilla box but it's straight at Palop. Should have done better with that.
    • 84' Feghouli chips the ball into Soldado but the ball won't sit for him and he can't get the shot away.
    • 70' GOAL! Navas scores for Sevilla! The visitors counter attack down the left side, and it's awful defending by Valencia. A lovely ball from Rakitic falls to Kanoute - he can't quite finish the move off and Guaita doesn't claim the ball - Kanoute pokes the ball past him, and Navas slots the ball away into the empty net!
    • 57' Reyes gets into the Valencia box and fires the shot towards goal. It's saved by Guaita and goes out for a corner.
    • 45' Navarro plays the ball over the top and Negredo gets on the end of it. He's got the legs on Rami and gets the cross in to Kanoute who sticks a foot out but it's cleared off the line!
    • 36' GOAL! Lovely play from Navas on the right wing, who bursts into the box and delivers a cross. It's missed completely by the Valencia defence, the ball bounces once and Medel stoops low to head in to the bottom left corner.
    • 25' GOAL! That's a lovely move from Valencia, and Tino Costa puts the home side 1-0 up. It looked like Los Che had overplayed it, but Alba lays the ball off to Costa just outside the box who fires in a low shot into the Palop's bottom right corner. Lovely strike.
    • 21' Soldado goes close! Good cross into the box and the Valencia striker looks to get ahead of Escude, but the Frenchman clears away. Good defending and the best chance of the match.
    • 16:50 VALENCIA: Guaita, Alba, Bruno, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda, Costa, Feghouli, Jonas, Soldado. Subs: Alves, Topal, Aduriz, Barragan, Piatti, Hernandez, Parejo. /// SEVILLA: Palop, Coke, Spahic, Escude, Navarro, Navas, Medel, Rakitic, Reyes, Kanoute, Negredo. Subs: Varas, Trochowski, Campana, Luna, del Moral, Diawara, Cala.

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