The Granada He still does not know what it is to win at Mestalla and this time he lost 2-1, in a match in which the Valencia he was able to thrash and in which he ended up asking for the time after the last goal by Roberto Soldado that gave excitement to the extension time.
Granada stepped onto the Mestalla after making history after qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Europa League. Diego Martínez, who could not sit on the bench after completing his second penalty game, presented numerous novelties in their starting eleven after last Thursday’s effort in Budapest in search of more freshness, although he ran into the best Valencia of the season.
Javi Gracia recovered the spine of his team after the derby and Valencia noticed it. The return of captain Jose Luis Gayà was notorious, since the international full-back, with his constant rises to the attack, was a real headache for the Andalusian rear. Precisely a center of his was finished off with great skill by Daniel Wass to overtake Valencia when just four minutes had elapsed.
Valencia showed an unknown dynamism this season that was completed with great defensive security that allowed him to dominate the match with great solvency. If it were not for the great performance of Rui Silva, the Ché team could have sentenced the crash in the first half, as the Portuguese goal prevented both Álex Blanco and Guedes from expanding local income with his interventions.
Granada, with a double change at halftime, he sought through possession to be able to vary the game script And the truth is that although he managed to balance the duel, it was still Valencia who came with the most danger. Guedes, more active and successful than on other occasions, used courage and quality to assist Álex Blanco, who shot crossed and signed a well-deserved 2-0 in the middle of the second act.
The game entered an exchange of blows in which Valencia wasted numerous occasions to make the third and it was the ex-Valencia player Roberto Soldado who did see the door, when he scored in the 90th minute, which gave great emotion to the extension time , although the local team maintained the advantage to add their fourth consecutive win at Mestalla.
2. Valencia: Cillessen; Thierry, Gabriel Paulista, Diakhaby, Gayà; Wass (Musah, m.87), Soler, Racic, Álex Blanco (Kang In, m.79), Guedes (Manu Vallejo, m.89) and Maxi Gómez.
1. Granada: Rui Silva; Víctor Díaz, Germán, Domingos Duarte, Quini; Yan Eteki (Gonalon, m.66), Yangel Herrera, Domingos Quina (Machís, m.46) (Jorge Molina, m.64); Fede Vico (Montoro, m.46), Kenedy (Puertas, m.57) and Soldado
Goals: 1-0, m.4: Wass. 2-0, m.66. Alex Blanco. 2-1, m.90: Soldier.
Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas (C. Castellano-Manchego). He admonished Germán, Montero and Quini for Granada.
Incidents: Match corresponding to day 28 of LaLiga played at the Mestalla stadium without spectators. A minute’s silence was observed in memory of José Manuel Reina, Valencia CF employee, and Alfredo Zarco, 125th member of the club.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.