Saturday October 20, 2012 Day 8 Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 3 - 2 Athletic Bilbao

  • Soldado 26’ (pen.)
  • Tino 88’
  • Valdez 90’
  • Adúriz 19’, 30’

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  1. Liga: Valdez leads Valencia to victory over Athletic Bilbao

    Liga: Valdez leads Valencia to victory over Athletic Bilbao

    Nelson Valdez came off the bench and spurred Valencia to a 3-2 victory over Athletic Bilbao with a goal in the late stages of the match. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 3-2 win for Valencia over 10-man Athletic. Thanks for joining us tonight.
    • 90+2' Guaita comes off his line to punch clear under pressure from Amorebieta. Commanding piece of goalkeeping by the Valencia goalkeeper.
    • 89' The home fans in party mood now as their side turn this match on its head. We are into four minutes of time added on.
    • 88' GOAL! Nelson Valdez powers a header into the net and that will be a 3-2 lead for Valencia. Brilliant finish. Valencia lead the 10 men 3-2.
    • 87' GOAL! Valencia equalise three minutes from time. Ball broke to Tino Costa and he forced it over the line as San Jose failed to scrape it off the line.
    • 86' A change for Bilbao as San Jose takes over from Perez for the visiting side.
    • 84' Banega looking to unlock his box of tricks there, but ends up driving the ball well over the bar.
    • 82' Chance for Barragan from a lovely pass by Banega, but Gorka Iraizoz does just enough to claw out that attempt at goal.
    • 80' Jérémy Mathieu has departed the action to be replaced by Banega for the home side.
    • 78' Valdez has been booked for for a late, late challenge on Amorebieta.
    • 77' Aurtenetxe has replaced Aduriz for the home side with Gomez on for Muniain.
    • 76' Markel Susaeta fires the ball forward, but no real purpose in that pass as it is cut out.
    • 75' Tino Costa drives the ball at goal, but Gorka Iraizoz gets down to hold that howitzer. Surely going to be the call here for Banega before the end of the game.
    • 74' Bernat departs for Valencia with Andrés Guardado introduced for the home side.
    • 72' That looked to be a decent shout for a penalty there. Valencia getting closer to this leveller.
    • 71' Soldado has been booked for protesting after falling under pressure from Amorebieta.
    • 70' Chance for Soldado. Brilliant counter attack, but Soldado blasts the shot wide. Valencia suddenly finding space against the 10 men.
    • 68' Nelson Valdez manages to send a header spinning at goal, but easy enough for Gorka Iraizoz to make the save there.
    • 66' Rami should probably have joined him for throwing Herrera to the ground for no apparent reason.
    • 65' RED CARD! Herrera is off the park for a late challenge on Tino Costa. Needless late kick. Athletic down to 10 men.
    • 63' Bernat drives into the Athletic box. Fires a shot shot at goal, but a solid enough stop by Iraizoz to keep the ball out.
    • 62' Looks like Muniain is in a spot of trouble here. He might be finished for the evening.
    • 61' Rami taken out of the action late by Aduriz. Free-kick to Valencia.
    • 60' Change coming for Valencia as Nelson Valdez is brought on for Jonas.
    • 58' Markel Susaeta tries a through ball, but Óscar De Marcos is caught offside.
    • 57' Looks like Fernando Llorente might be getting dusted down for an appearance sooner rather than later.
    • 56' Barragan is going to be booked after blocking Herrera. Clear foul. Can't complain about the yellow card.
    • 55' Surely going to be a change or two coming here. Tino Costa collects the ball. Barragan then quickly on the charge.
    • 53' Some of the crossing has been fairly inconsistent tonight. Too many wayward balls in key areas, but that was a decent ball by Barragan.
    • 52' Great ball by Barragan across the face of goal, but Soldado couldn't turn it home. Almost the leveller for Valencia. Just short of that cutback.
    • 51' Lovely play by Soldado to play in Barragan on the run, but fine piece of covering work by Athletic. Needed to make that challenge with the home side on the offensive.
    • 50' Valencia manage to scramble it clear before looking to hit on the break with some pace.
    • 49' Ruiz gets the ball out of his box seconds later and Athletic have another corner which spells trouble here for Valencia.
    • 48' Herrera runs the ball out of play and that will be a throw-in to the home side.
    • 47' Amorebieta takes a dull one from the challenge of Barragan. He is going to need some treatment. Poor piece of play by Muniain.
    • 46' We are off and running then in the second period of this match.
    • 45+1' A 2-1 lead for Athletic at half-time. All to play for in the second half.
    • 44' One minute to be added to that first half.
    • 43' Andoni Iraola takes out Jérémy Mathieu with a late challenge. Clear penalty, but the referee thinks otherwise. Poor, poor decision.
    • 42' Valencia have 10 shots on goal compared to five from Athletic. The home side continue to press up the park.
    • 41' Tino Costa trying to join the party here. Valencia attempting to carry themselves up the park with some relish, but the visiting side have plenty of bodies back.
    • 40' Aduriz tries to curl a shot into the corner of the net, but his effort is inches wide. So, so close to the third goal of the night for Athletic.
    • 39' Barragan in a great position to aply some pressure with the cross ball, but that is into no man's land. Easy, easy pickings for the Athletic defence.
    • 38' Almost like a snooker hall at the moment. All very hush hush. But that will suit Bilbao as they cling to this 2-1 lead at the break.
    • 37' Athletic looking to fill up the left-hand side as much as possible so that the home side are forced to focus on defending rather than going forward.
    • 36' Viera taken out the game late by the blatant push of Ander Iturraspe.
    • 35' Soldado forced to help out at the back with a powerful headed clearance.
    • 34' Victor Ruiz forced to head behind his goal for another corner after another telling delivery by Andoni Iraola.
    • 33' Viera decides to try his luck from distance, but ends up sending the shot miles wide of the goal.
    • 32' Aritz Aduriz is the second Spanish top-scorer in Europe's top five leagues this season - Michu has six.
    • 31' Perez overhits the delivery from the free-kick as the ball flies straight out of play.
    • 30' Just managed to push that over the line with the home defence all over the place. The visiting side looking to push on from here.
    • 29' GOAL! Aduriz nets for Athletic, who now lead 2-1. A second goal for from Perez's corner. Poor stuff from Valenica at the back.
    • 28' Can't believe he hasn't given that one. Was as much a penalty as the one which Valencia wanted.
    • 27' Athletic appeal for a penalty. Clear handball by Ruiz, but the referee says no.
    • 26; GOAL! Soldado slides the ball low to the keep's right as he went left. Valencia are level at 1-1.
    • 25' PENALTY TO VALENCIA! Clear handling offence by Ekiza in the area as he blocked Viera's shot. A yellow card for Ekiza.
    • 24' Jonas nods the ball on towards Bernat. Valencia continue to push on here looking for his leveller.
    • 23' Iraizoz does wonderfully well to halt the shot by Tino Costa. Had to watch that like a hawk.
    • 22' Rami trying to join the attack, but Herrara helps to hold him up as he embarked on a powerful charge.
    • 21' Aduriz trying to knock the ball into space, but Guaita is on hand to clear the danger as he hammers it long.
    • 20' Great pass by Muniain in the build-up to that goal. Really classy stuff by the visiting team.
    • 19' No celebrations in the Mestalla from Aduriz, but he will have enjoyed that moment.
    • 18' GOAL! Aduriz slides the ball home from 22 yards out. Brilliant finish by the former Valencia man. No chance for Guaita in the Valencia goal.
    • 17' Valencia have certainly made the more telling start to this match without yet finding the key to the door.
    • 16' Ruiz blows a golden chance as he slips the ball behind after Iraizoz had splled Rami's header. What a chance that was. But not taken.
    • 15' Soldado earns a corner for the home side. Chance to apply some pressure.
    • 14' Valencia getting the ball at the back as they look to deploy this more studious patient build-up play.
    • 13' The home fans doing their form of the Poznan in the stands as Viera fails to get hold of a shot. Easy enough take in the end for Iraizoz.
    • 12' Mauricio Pellegrino making a fair bit of noise on the touchline as Gago sees an effort from distance clawed away by Iraizoz.
    • 11' Bernat chases the ball down hopefully, but the visiting goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz is off his line to grab it ahead of the home man.
    • 10' Perez slides the free-kick into the home box, but Jérémy Mathieu rises to nod out the danger.
    • 9' Iker Muniaín taken out of the action late, but the referee waves play on before Susaeta is felled by Tino Costa.
    • 8' Guaita off his line to take a high ball for Valencia. Commanding his penalty box well.
    • 7' Susaeta dinks out a cross from out wide, but Barragan is well positioned to head clear the danger.
    • 6' Both teams with early chances in these opening six minutes, but we remain at 0-0.
    • 5' Soldado hits the post for Valencia! Golden chance! Should have scored, but the ball comes back out with Iraizoz beaten.
    • 4' Perez delivers a corner for the visiting side, but Amorebieta is inches away with a header. Great leap, but the ball drops wide.
    • 3' Valencia trying to get on the ball early on. A cautious start for both sides here with Bernat showing some nice skills a moment ago.
    • 2' Valencia have Argentine international Ever Banega on the bench after an eight month lay-off. Banega broke his left ankle in February after being crushed between his own car and the kerb at a petrol station after he failed to put the handbrake on.
    • 1' We are off and running then in this one. Two struggling giants of the Spanish game.
    • 18.55 Teams: Valencia: Guaita, Barragán, Rami, V. Ruiz, Mathieu; Viera, T. Costa, Gago, Bernat; Jonas, Soldado////Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Iñigo Pérez; Iturraspe; Susaeta, Herrera, De Marcos, Muniain; Aduriz.
    • 18.50 Real Madrid have just completed a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu. Goals from Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo enough to see them close to within five points of leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Valencia against Athletic Bilbao fin La Liga from the Mestalla.
  • Summary

    • 88' GOAL! Nelson Valdez powers a header into the net and that will be a 3-2 lead for Valencia. Brilliant finish. Valencia lead the 10 men 3-2.
    • 87' GOAL! Valencia equalise three minutes from time. Ball broke to Tino Costa and he forced it over the line as San Jose failed to scrape it off the line.
    • 82' Chance for Barragan from a lovely pass by Banega, but Gorka Iraizoz does just enough to claw out that attempt at goal.
    • 70' Chance for Soldado. Brilliant counter attack, but Soldado blasts the shot wide. Valencia suddenly finding space against the 10 men.
    • 65' RED CARD! Herrera is off the park for a late challenge on Tino Costa. Needless late kick. Athletic down to 10 men.
    • 63' Bernat drives into the Athletic box. Fires a shot shot at goal, but a solid enough stop by Iraizoz to keep the ball out.
    • 52' Great ball by Barragan across the face of goal, but Soldado couldn't turn it home. Almost the leveller for Valencia. Just short of that cutback.
    • 43' Andoni Iraola takes out Jérémy Mathieu with a late challenge. Clear penalty, but the referee thinks otherwise. Poor, poor decision.
    • 40' Aduriz tries to curl a shot into the corner of the net, but his effort is inches wide. So, so close to the third goal of the night for Athletic.
    • 29' GOAL! Aduriz nets for Athletic, who now lead 2-1. A second goal for from Perez's corner. Poor stuff from Valenica at the back.
    • 27' Athletic appeal for a penalty. Clear handball by Ruiz, but the referee says no.
    • 26; GOAL! Soldado slides the ball low to the keep's right as he went left. Valencia are level at 1-1.
    • 23' Iraizoz does wonderfully well to halt the shot by Tino Costa. Had to watch that like a hawk.
    • 18' GOAL! Aduriz slides the ball home from 22 yards out. Brilliant finish by the former Valencia man. No chance for Guaita in the Valencia goal.
    • 16' Ruiz blows a golden chance as he slips the ball behind after Iraizoz had splled Rami's header. What a chance that was. But not taken.
    • 13' The home fans doing their form of the Poznan in the stands as Viera fails to get hold of a shot. Easy enough take in the end for Iraizoz.
    • 12' Mauricio Pellegrino making a fair bit of noise on the touchline as Gago sees an effort from distance clawed away by Iraizoz.
    • 5' Soldado hits the post for Valencia! Golden chance! Should have scored, but the ball comes back out with Iraizoz beaten.
    • 4' Perez delivers a corner for the visiting side, but Amorebieta is inches away with a header. Great leap, but the ball drops wide.
    • 18.55 Teams: Valencia: Guaita, Barragán, Rami, V. Ruiz, Mathieu; Viera, T. Costa, Gago, Bernat; Jonas, Soldado////Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Iñigo Pérez; Iturraspe; Susaeta, Herrera, De Marcos, Muniain; Aduriz.
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  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino

  • Athletic Bilbao

    Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

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