Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valencia CF 4-1 UD Levante - Match Report

Valencia CF 4-1 UD Levante
Possession: 65%-35%
Goals: Jonas, Soldado, Kone, Piatti, Tino
Assists: Pablo(2)
 Fouls: 18-19

The match started with a slow tempo with Valencia CF in control of the match as Levante seemed content to just sit back and defend and try to do something with the occasional counter attack. Apart from few runs the first bigger chance came in the 10th minute with Jonas shooting in goal after a corner kick by Tino Costa, but unfortunately it didn't go through.
After quite a battle in the middle of the pitch Valencia CF had the second chance in the 23rd minute as Piatti started a good attack, passed the ball to Pablo and this one made a wonderful pass just in the right time to release Jonas who slotted the ball into the net. It was 1-0 for Valencia.

28th minute a chance for Jonas occured once again after a corner kick by Tino Costa, but this time he only managed to shot at a Levante player in front of him.

30th minute goal by Soldado after a good run by Pablo did few dribbles to get past his marker and crossed the ball to a Levante defender, but this one had a poor clearance and bounced the ball to Soldado who wasn't going to miss an easy chance and easily slotted the ball into the net to make it 2-0 for Valencia.

Levante did attack actually and won a corner and it was after the corner which Alba cleared, but only shortly to the 25 meter and the ball went to Kone who with a very powerful shot, probably will challenge for goal of Cope Del Rey scored a goal for Levante. Diego Alves had no chance to stop it, although Rami could have probably done a little bit more to block the shot.

Then just in the final minute of the first half after an almost 5 minute siege in front of Levante goal and few attack, Pablo would break the ice once again and provide a great cross for Piatti who with a bit of luck got to the ball before Levante's goalkeeper and scored to make it 3-1 for Valencia CF.

Second half started in a similar fashion and it wasn't until the 60th minute when it came to more action as Barragan and Pablo both had long range efforts.
62th minute good chance for Levante on the left side by Roger I think, but Albelda managed to sprint to him and close him out in the last second and block his shot.

70th minute dangerous header by Adil Rami after a free kick by Tino Costa, but it went just wide.

It was only until the 89th minute when the next big chance came and it was for Levante as Kone found himself alone on goal, but his shot was saved by Diego Alves.

93th minute goal by Tino Costa after a counter by Valencia. The shot deflected off from a defender and lobbed the goalkeeper. It was 4-1.

Technical Details:
Valencia (4): Diego; Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Alba; Albelda, Tino; Pablo(67min Feghuoli), Jonas(84min Aduriz), Piatti(74min Banega); Soldado.

Levante (1): Keylor(46min. Munua); Juanfran, Cabral, Ballesteros, Javi Venta; Iborra, Pallardo, Xavi torres, Barkero(11min. El Zhar); Kone, Roger(71min Rafa).

Player Ratings:
Diego 6 - Not troubled at all, made one good save in the last minutes to deny Levante a second goal.
Barragan 6 - Did well in attack and was quite dangerous. Never really challenged in defense.
Rami 5.5 - Not his best match as he has few lapses of concentration.
Ruiz 6 - Had two good blocks and was not troubled too much at the back.
Alba 6 - Good defensive and offensive display, but nothing spectacular.
Albelda 6.5 - Standard industrial performance with one particular good block.
Tino 6.5 - Good all round performance and a goal to top it all off.
Pablo (MOTM) 8.5 - Man of the match performance and one of his best performances in a long time. Provided 2 assists and directly created all 3 goals.
Jonas 5.5 - Scored a goal and was generally threatning in attack, but lost the ball too many times and made too many bad passes.
Piatti 6.5 - One of his better performances in a Valencia shirt and would be pleased with tonight's performance. Scored a goal to top it all off.
Soldado 6 - Scored a poachers goal and continues to consistently increase his overall goal tally.
Feghuoli 5 - Wasn't very effective and unable to replicate Pablo's performance.
Banega 5.5 - Showed off a few tricks and showed off his passing range, but didn't have time to influence the game too much.
Aduriz N/A - Had a good match for the amount of time he had and was involved in two actions.