A solvent and vertical Valencia did not give Alavés an option, which still does not score in the League, in a clash of local superiority in which the Valencians were intense against a team that conceded the first two goals at key moments of the match. The 1-0 of Wass came after three minutes and the 2-0 in extension time of the first half when Alavés had recovered from the good local start. In addition, when the Vitoria team began to show more offensive after the break, it was 3-0, the work of Guedes, who closed the clash.
It was a match in which Valencia, without making a spectacular game, did not fail at all, it showed that the style of its coach, José Bordalás, has already appeared, while Alavés accused the burden of the zero points with which he arrived to Mestalla and with those who left the Valencian stadium.
The match started with the 1-0 scored by Wass three minutes after a good play basted by the left wing and in which the referee did not consider that there was offside as claimed by the visiting team players. After the goal, the approach of both teams began to be seen, with a direct game by Valencia, thanks to long deliveries and balls into space and without excess midfield, and with a somewhat more elaborate football by Alavés, although without give up the throws towards Joselu and Guidetti.
Shortly after the goal, at a time when Valencia took advantage of the favorable 1-0 wind, Guedes sent a ball to the crosshead of Pacheco’s goal, before the game settled down. Alavés tried from then on to control the ball and play in the medullary, but Valencia did not give him spaces and proof of this was that his greatest offensive action in the first period was a shot at the half-round of Guidetti that Mamardashvili stopped without problems.
Valencia was not as incisive as at the beginning, but in a good move, already in time of extension of the first half, a shot in foreshortening of Carlos Soler, almost spur, sneaked into the goal of the Vitoria team and put the 2-0 on the scoreboard. Valencia’s advantage at halftime was deserved, although perhaps the punishment that Alavés suffered during the first 45 minutes was too much.
After the break, Valencia came out with the same dynamics, but Alavés needed to show something different from what was offered in the first period to add to the Mestalla. The entry of Luis Rioja improved his team, especially in the set pieces, in which the local defense created problems and forced the Valencia goalkeeper to intervene correctly. The problem for Alavés could be that Valencia took advantage of some of their opportunities, as happened with a ball dispute that Maxi Gómez won and yielded to Guedes to extend the advantage.
That goal closed the game, as it made any visitor option to react practically impossible.
3 – Valencia: Mamardashvili, Thierry, Gabriel Paulista, Alderete (Diakhaby, m.85), Gayà, Carlos Soler, Hugo Guillamón (Racic, m.68), Wass (Musha, m.85), Cheryshev (Jesús Vázquez, m.90) , Guedes (Marcos André, m.68) and Maxi Gómez.
0 – Alaves: Pacheco, Xavi Navarro, Miazga, Lejeune, Javi López, Pellistri (Edgar, m.68), Pina (Toni Moya, m.83, Loum (Pere Pons, m.61), Manu García (Luis Rioja, m.46 ) Guidetti (Sylla, m.61) and Joselu.
Goals: 1-0, m.3: Wass. 20: m.47+: Carlos Soler. 3-0, m.61: Guedes.
Referee: Ortiz Arias (Madrid committee). He admonished Diakhaby for Valencia and for Alavés Lejeune, Loum and Pacheco saw a card.
Incidents: match of the third day of the League played at Mestalla before 10,627 spectators.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.