Sunday February 12, 2012 Day 23 Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 4 - 0 Sporting Gijón

  • Feghouli 34’
  • Botía 73’ (o.g.)
  • Jonas 90’, 90’

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  1. Feghouli screamer helps Valencia past Sporting

    Feghouli screamer helps Valencia past Sporting

    Round-up: A stunning Sofiane Feghouli volley put Valencia on the way to a 4-0 Liga victory over Sporting Gijon at the Mestalla. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Sporting Gijón
    • - Thanks for joining us for this live coverage of Valencia versus Sporting Gijon.
    • 90+3' That's it! Valencia seal a comfortable 4-0 win at the Mestalla against a poor Sporting side.
    • 90+3' GOAL! VALENCIA 4-0 SPORTING. Jonas tucks away his second of the game as he runs onto a through-ball and sidefoots beyond Juan Pablo.
    • 90+2' That goal puts a more realistic slant on the scoreline.
    • 90+1' GOAL! VALENCIA 3-0 SPORTING. Jonas adds a third as he gets across the defender and heads in a right-wing cross from Rami.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 88' Colunga finds himself in plenty of space in the penalty area but drills into the side-netting when a shot across goal would have been a better option. Sporting's best chance.
    • 86' Ayoze's through-ball is intercepted by Albelda. Good defending from the veteran.
    • 85' Soldado wins a free-kick for a foul by the touchline.
    • 84' Colunga's free-kick is punched away by Guaita.
    • 83' De Las Cuevas runs at Rami and wins a free-kick for his team.
    • 81' Juan Bernat comes on to replace Jordi Alba for Valencia.
    • 79' Valencia have had 23 attempts to Sporting's three. Domination.
    • 78' Tino Costa's free-kick is headed away, but Valencia get the ball back and win a corner.
    • 77' Piatti wins a free-kick for a foul by Gregory down in the corner.
    • 76' Sporting are starting to look more open now and there could be more goals here for Valencia.
    • 75' Goalscorer Feghouli, who has impressed in fits and starts today, is replaced by Pablo Piatti.
    • 73' Soldado is then played through and denied by two good saves from Juan Pablo before blasting a shot onto the top of the bar!
    • 72' GOAL! VALENCIA 2-0 SPORTING. Feghouli's mis-hit shot is heading well off target before taking a wicked deflection off Botia and into the net!
    • 71' Miguel's cross into the box is cleared as Valencia press forward.
    • 70' Jonas replaces Aduriz who has worked hard but wasted a lot of opportunites.
    • 69' Valencia must be careful of complacency here. It is almost too easy at the moment.
    • 67' Sporting looking a little bit more lively now.
    • 66' Barral touches on a cross and De Las Cuevas is not too far from getting on the end of it.
    • 65' Ayoze's cross takes a big deflection and Barral heads onto the top of the bar.
    • 63' Foul by Aduriz on Gregory. Free-kick Sporting.
    • 62' Tino Costa plays a great ball through to Feghouli, but the ball will not come down for the Algerian and he is penalised for a foul.
    • 61' Feghouli is penalised for using his hand to control the ball.
    • 60' Botia picked up a yellow card after that backpass. He then fouls Feghouli.
    • 59' Colunga replaces Carmelo in an attacking Sporting substitution.
    • 58' The back-pass did not look deliberate, but Soldado's effort crashes into the wall anyway.
    • 57' Lovely ball over the top for Soldado who can't quite convert, but then the referee deems that Gregory has passed the ball back to Juan Pablo and Valencia have a free-kick inside the area.
    • 55' Albelda picks up his customary yellow card for a late challenge on Barral. Contact looked minimal though.
    • 54' That was a golden chance for Aduriz who has missed a few today.
    • 53' Sublime volley from Tino Costa which Juan Pablo gets his hand to. The Argentine then runs onto the rebound and crosses for Aduriz who blazes over from point-blank range!
    • 52' Dreadful ball into the Valencia box by Alberto Rivera and Guaita easily gathers.
    • 51' Soldado volleys high over the bar after Gregory gets his head to the corner. Soldado has been quiet so far.
    • 50' Tino Costa's free-kick is headed out for a Valencia corner.
    • 49' Lora's cross is catching practice for Guaita.
    • 48' Tino Costa has time to control the free-kick and snuff out the danger.
    • 47' De Las Cuevas is brought down by Rami giving Gijon a free-kick that they can launch into the area.
    • 46' We are back underway at the Mestalla.
    • 45+1' That should have been 2-0 as the half-time whistle sounds.
    • 45' Albelda plays the ball over the top to Aduriz. The striker produces a fantastic first touch but lifts his effort over the goalkeeper and just wide.
    • 42' Feghouli gets back to dispossess Andre Castro.
    • 41' Andre Castro gets back at Feghouli and takes the sting out of his cross.
    • 40' Ayoze slips and gives the ball away to Feghouli but the Algerian's through-ball is blocked.
    • 39' The Asturians have won just twice on the road in the Primera Division all season.
    • 38' The injured Canella is replaced by Ayoze for Sporting. It looked like a muscle injury.
    • 37' How will Sporting respond? They will need to come out of their shell, certainly.
    • 36' Emery has shown faith in Feghouli and he is turning out to be a good signing.
    • 34' That was a stunning goal. Sublime pass from Costa, fine first-time cross from Mathieu and a spectacular finish.
    • 33' GOAL! VALENCIA 1-0 SPORTING. Tino Costa plays a beautiful ball down the left to Mathieu who crosses to Feghouli and the Algerian rifles his volley home from the edge of the area. Brilliant goal!
    • 31' Jordi Alba's shot comes off Lora and there are half-hearted calls for a penalty but it was never really on.
    • 30' Sporting Gijon have lost six of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
    • 28' Sporting have Eguren down injured. He is down holding his face when never looked to be touched in that area. He's back up now.
    • 27' The build-up play from Valencia is a bit slow at present.
    • 26' Dealbert's pass to Mathieu is overhit and Sporting win the throw.
    • 24' Carmelo wins a corner off Mathieu, but his set-piece is cleared away.
    • 23' Botia wins a header at the back and Jaun Pablo makes a comfortable catch.
    • 22' Valencia have enjoyed 57% possession so far.
    • 21' Tino Costa wins the ball for Valencia but is then fouled.
    • 20' Sporting just can't get hold of the ball and a Valencia goal looks like a matter of time.
    • 18' The corner comes to nothing, but Valencia quickly regain possession, as Feghouli cuts the ball back to Aduriz who blazes high and wide at the near post!
    • 17' Soldado's cross comes off André Castro for a corner to Valencia.
    • 16' That De Las Cuevas shot looked like it was going off target.
    • 15' De Las Cuevas tries to curl the ball beyond Guaita but the goalkeeper gets his hand to the ball and turns it around the post.
    • 14' Mathieu crosses the ball in to Aduriz but his header is straight at Juan Pablo.
    • 13' Valencia are due to move into a new 75,000-seater stadium - the Nou Mestalla - in 2014.
    • 12' Eguren's through-ball to De Las Cuevas is too heavy and Valencia have a goal kick.
    • 11' Eguren is fouled in the middle of the park by Albelda and wins a free-kick.
    • 10' Miguel crosses the ball into Aduriz who directs his header well wide of Juan Pablo's goal.
    • 9' Miguel tries to slip a ball through to Roberto Soldado but Alberto Lora clears.
    • 8' Valencia are dominating possession early on as Gregory concedes a corner.
    • 6' Valencia are still awaiting their first league win of 2012.
    • 5' Adil Rami is knocked to the ground by De Las Cuevas and Valencia have a free-kick in their own half.
    • 4' David Albelda crosses the ball in to Aduriz who volleys well over the bar.
    • 3' Aduriz's cross is cut out as Valencia start strongly at the Mestalla.
    • 2' Los Ches have opted for a 4-4-2 formation today. They obviously fancy their chances against relegation strugglers Sporting.
    • 1' We are off and underway at the Mestalla!
    • 16:55 This is only Sporting coach Inaki Tejada's second game in charge after the club sacked Manuel Preciado at the end of last month. They currently sit second from bottom.
    • 16:50 For Sporting, Botia has recovered from injury to take his place in the starting line-up, but Adrian Colunga is only on the bench after a recent fever.
    • 16:45 Valencia top scorer Roberto Soldado returns to the starting line-up after flu ruled him out of the midweek Copa del Rey defeat to Barcelona. Coach Unai Emery has opted to pair him with Aritz Aduriz in attack. Ever Banega and Jonas must make do with a place on the bench.
    • 16:40 Valencia exited the Copa del Rey at the hands of Barcelona in midweek, but are sitting pretty in third place in La Liga and are odds-on to finish in the Champions League places.
    • 16:35 VALENCIA: Guaita, Miguel, Rami, Dealbert, Jordi Alba, Albelda, Tino Costa, Feghouli, Mathieu, Aduriz, Soldado. Subs: Jonas, Topal, Banega, Piatti, Bernat, Barragan, D Alves. /// SPORTING GIJON: Juan Pablo, Lora, Botía, Gregory, Canella, Eguren, Rivera, De las Cuevas, Andrés Castro, Carmelo, David Barral. Subs: Trejo, Bilic, D Suarez, Colunga, Ayoze, Galvez, Cuellar.
    • 16:30 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Sporting Gijon's trip to the Mestalla to face Valencia.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' GOAL! VALENCIA 4-0 SPORTING. Jonas tucks away his second of the game as he runs onto a through-ball and sidefoots beyond Juan Pablo.
    • 90+1' GOAL! VALENCIA 3-0 SPORTING. Jonas adds a third as he gets across the defender and heads in a right-wing cross from Rami.
    • 88' Colunga finds himself in plenty of space in the penalty area but drills into the side-netting when a shot across goal would have been a better option. Sporting's best chance.
    • 73' Soldado is then played through and denied by two good saves from Juan Pablo before blasting a shot onto the top of the bar!
    • 72' GOAL! VALENCIA 2-0 SPORTING. Feghouli's mis-hit shot is heading well off target before taking a wicked deflection off Botia and into the net!
    • 65' Ayoze's cross takes a big deflection and Barral heads onto the top of the bar.
    • 62' Tino Costa plays a great ball through to Feghouli, but the ball will not come down for the Algerian and he is penalised for a foul.
    • 58' The back-pass did not look deliberate, but Soldado's effort crashes into the wall anyway.
    • 57' Lovely ball over the top for Soldado who can't quite convert, but then the referee deems that Gregory has passed the ball back to Juan Pablo and Valencia have a free-kick inside the area.
    • 53' Sublime volley from Tino Costa which Juan Pablo gets his hand to. The Argentine then runs onto the rebound and crosses for Aduriz who blazes over from point-blank range!
    • 45' Albelda plays the ball over the top to Aduriz. The striker produces a fantastic first touch but lifts his effort over the goalkeeper and just wide.
    • 33' GOAL! VALENCIA 1-0 SPORTING. Tino Costa plays a beautiful ball down the left to Mathieu who crosses to Feghouli and the Algerian rifles his volley home from the edge of the area. Brilliant goal!
    • 18' The corner comes to nothing, but Valencia quickly regain possession, as Feghouli cuts the ball back to Aduriz who blazes high and wide at the near post!
    • 15' De Las Cuevas tries to curl the ball beyond Guaita but the goalkeeper gets his hand to the ball and turns it around the post.
    • 16:35 VALENCIA: Guaita, Miguel, Rami, Dealbert, Jordi Alba, Albelda, Tino Costa, Feghouli, Mathieu, Aduriz, Soldado. Subs: Jonas, Topal, Banega, Piatti, Bernat, Barragan, D Alves. /// SPORTING GIJON: Juan Pablo, Lora, Botía, Gregory, Canella, Eguren, Rivera, De las Cuevas, Andrés Castro, Carmelo, David Barral. Subs: Trejo, Bilic, D Suarez, Colunga, Ayoze, Galvez, Cuellar.

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  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

  • Sporting Gijón

    Manager: Iñaki Tejada

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