Valencia vs Atlético Madrid: match report
Valencia and Atlético Madrid gave the spectators at the Mestalla stadium their money’s worth this Monday night, in a highly charged game that finished 1-1.
It started slowly, with neither team on top or capable of creating any clear-cut chances for the first 20 minutes. Unable to break down the Atletico defence, Valencia were resigned to a couple of long range efforts, the closest of which came from Rodrigo Moreno, whose low and hard shot in the 16th minute sailed just wide of the far post.
Atlético on the other hand managed to penetrate the Valencia defence on occasions and eventually scored in the 26th minute through Correa, who easily slotted a shot past Neto after being a fed a beautiful through ball from Griezmann. After the goal, the visitors were the notably superior side until the end of the first half. Costa had a couple of opportunities but he could not capitalize on them and the first 45 ended 1-0 to Atletico.
Whatever Marcelino said to his Valencia players at the break seemed to have an impact, as the momentum of the game swung in their favour. And the Mestalla erupted as the hosts finally got on the scoreboard in the 56th minute. An unmarked Rodrigo chested down a beautiful first time pass on the volley from Wass (who had an impressive LaLiga debut for his new club), and smashed it into the top corner with the second touch about 10 yards out, sending Oblak the wrong way.
From there on in, Valencia continued to create chances and looked the more likely team to score the next goal, but it never came and the game finished 1-1, a result neither manager will have reason to complain about.
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95' And that's it, the ref blows it up!! A great game to watch and the two sides gave the fans here their money's worth this evening. There could have been more goals and they could have fallen to either side. But hats off to Valencia, they were a different team in the second half and created a lot more chances than the first half. 1-1 is probably a fair result though.
94' Gameiro has one last chance for Valencia!! His shot is on target but lacks power and it's an easy pick up for Oblak. What a moment that would have been to score against his old side.
93' Great strike from Saul from the free kick!! And it's just over the bar. That could be last chance of the game
92' Foul on Savic about 25 yards out! Chance now for Atletico
88' What a chance for Valencia! It was a 3 on 2, and Batshuay slipped it forward to Wass, who was unmarked. A good effort, but an equally good stop by Oblak
86' End to end stuff at the moment, keeping the crowd on their feet. But neither team has managed a shot.
84' Valencia have been much quieter now for the last ten minutes or so and momentum has swung back to Atletico, though they haven't done anything to really trouble Valencia's keeper or defence.
82' Gelson has been playing a prominent part in almost every Atletico offensive since coming on. He looks hungry to impress.
80' Gelson shows some lightning pace down the right flank. He gets a cross in that is blocked and ends in a corner. Savic gets a head on the cross from the corner but its well wide.
76' Another debutant enters the field. Soler is off for Valencia and on comes Michy Batshuayi.
73' Koke was almost played in there but Piccini clears it for a corner. The corner is swung in nd Kondogbia heads it backwards. Lucky for him Costa didn't get on the end of that.
72' And Griezmann makes way for Gelson. Seems like a strange decision from Simeone, particularly at 1-1. Griezmann has orchestrated the grand majority of the chances for his side.
71' 71' Gelson Martins is getting ready to come on to make his LaLiga debut for Atletico.
70' Atletico are looking a bit shell shocked by this Valencia onslaught over the past 15 minutes or so. How the tables have turned.
67' And Valencia replace Santi Mina with Gameiro, who makes his debut for Los Che gainst his former teammates. He left Ateltico this summer.
65' Paulista gets head on the end of a corner and it hits the post!!!
63' Yellow card for Felipe Luis who body checks Soler as he put a ball past him close to the halfway line.
61' The momentum has swung now to the home side, whose supporters are much more vocal now.
56' GOALLLL Valencia!!!! An absolute beauty, Valencia switch the play with high ball played towards Wass at the corner of the penalty area, his first touch is sublime, a volley pass, which lands on the chest of Rodrigo Moreno who smashes it into the top of the net with the second touch. Oblak had no chance. It's 1-1!
52' Great chance for Atletico! Juanfran plays a beautiful ball to release Correa at the edge of box, who squares it to an unmarked Costa just outside the six-year area. But the ball is just too far ahead of him and drifts beyond his outstretched leg.
50' Valencia enjoying an extended period of pressure here but a composed Atetico defence have dealt with everything.
49' Valencia have started this second half with a bit more intent. Let's see if they can keep it up
46' And Atletico get things underway and immediately Costa is fighting for it and postesting for a free kick just outside the box. And looking at the replay his prostets were warranted. That should have been a free kick and perhaps a yellow.
And the players are emerging from the tunnel for the start of the second half.
Marcelino has Cheryshev, Batshuayi and Gameiro on the bench as attacking options. Will he be tempted to bring one of them on to change things up?
46' And that's the end of the first half. An entertaining game for the fans here at the Mestalla. It was pretty even up until about the 20 minute mark, with neither side really doing anything to trouble the keepers. Bince since the goal, Atletico have been on top and look like they will be ones to score the second goal if there is one. Let's see if Marcelino can rouse the Valencia players to come out and control the second half a bit more. Atletico's defence has been solid, with the hosts being resigned to long-range efforts, one of which from Rodrigo wasn't to far away. Griezmann has been the man of the match so far, he's played a series of dangerous through balls for Costa, and one of course for Correa, which ended up in the back of the net.
45' 45' Gabriel Paulista gets a yellow for a challenge on Costa, who was ahead of him after a wonderful yet again from Griezmann, who is playing deep for most of the game.
44' Atletico can make nothing of the corner set piece and Valencia regain possesion.
43' Atletico look incredible going forward on the counter. Lemar does fantastically to win a corner.
40' After a series of chances for Atletico since the goal, things have gone a bit quiet as we approach the end of the first half.
36' Mina picks up the ball in the box but the Atletico defence swallow him up.
34' Costa is in again! But the ref blows his whistle for use of the hand before he gets his shot off. Atletico have begun to stamp their authority on this game now.
32' Chance Costa!! He twists and turns his marker and gets a shot off from 10 yards out, and it's just inches beyond the far post.
Players taking a water break at the half hour mark. The heat is tremendous inside the Mestalla tonight.
26' GOALLL Atletico!!! Griezmann beats one man and plays a wonderful ball through for Correa who is unmarked in the box, when it looked like he was lining up a shot. Correo's first touch is sublime and he easily slots it past Neto with the second. 1-0 to the visitors.
23' Juan Fran and Correa link up well down the flank and their reward is a corner for their side. The cross from the corner is weak however and headed away Valencia eventually win the ball back.
20' Another long distance effort for Valencia, this time it's Soler. But it's well wide. So far, there haven't been to many clear cut chances but it's been a high-paced game with the ball bouncing around betweent the two. Either could take the lead.
Atletico have a chance with a corner. But Juan Fran is penalised as the ball is whipped in and it's a free out for Valencia.
17' Atletico respond with a strike from Costa just inside the box. Neto gets down fast to collect it.
16' Rodrigo with an strike from distance. It's low and hard and just wide. First time they have worried Oblak between the posts. Valencia look the more dangerous side so far.
14' Mina does well to beat his man down the right flank and picks out Wass with a great cross. But Wass fails to connect well with the head and it's high and over. Best chance of the game so far.
13' Greizmann tries to release Costa but he has put way too much weight on the pass. The Ball is back with the hosts.
10' Atlético enjoy a bit of possession but it ends up as a goalkick for Valencia. New singing Lamar has seen a lot of the ball so far and looks spritely.
6' Great tackle from JuanFran to kill the danger. First corner of the game to Valencia and they play the short one and are passing it around. Soler is released down the flank but JuanFran tackles again round the corner and this time it's a goal kick.
6' Foul on Mina by Koke in the center. Valencia work it forward and Mina is taken down again. But ref says play on. Valencia maintain posession.
5' A decent effort from distance from Wass for Valencia. But it sails over the bar.
Griezmann this time gets on the end of great ball by Saul, but he's also offside.
Costa is released by a great ball by Griezmann. But he's offside.
2' Grieman taken down. Atletico playing it around the back and trying to work it forward
And here we go! Valencia to get us underway.
Valenica are in white, and Atlético in sky blue tonight.
The teams are in the tunnell and its all smiles and high-fives between these two. The first LaLiga game at the Mestalla with VAR, will it have a big part to play tonight?
The only big absence for Atlético is Lucas Hernandez. He misses this one due to a one-match ban he picked up on the last game of last season.
The last game between these two at the Mestalla finished 0-0. Let's hope we don't have a repeat of that scoreline. With all this firepower on display, it will be unlikely.
Filipe Luis starts tonight amidst speculation that he has reached an agreement with PSG, who have offered Atlético 5 million euros. Altético value the player somewhat more luxuriously and have set the negotiating price at 30 million euros. You can read more about it here.
Incredible conditions in Valencia this evening, typical Spanish blue skies. (Photo: Getty)
Out of 156 games these two have played against each other in La Liga, it couldn't be closer: Atletico have won 58, and Valencia 57, with 41 draws. Can Valencia even level the score tonight? They'll have their work cut out.
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We've got team news coming up, but to get yourself started why not have a shufties at our match preview, which you'll find just below this live feed?
Good evening! Welcome to our live coverage of tonight's mouthwatering clash at Mestalla as Valencia host Atlético Madrid in week 1 of the 2018/19 LaLigia season!
Valencia vs Atlético Madrid: LaLiga match preview
After watching eight fixtures this weekend, Atlético Madrid and Valencia will be eager to get their league campaigns underway at Mestalla this Monday evening.
Atlético travel to Valencia after their impressive 4-2 victory over rivals Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup last Thursday. Diego Costa found the back of the net twice in that game and is set to start up front with strike partner Antoine Griezmann. Atlético were one of the most active LaLiga teams on the transfer market this summer. New signings Gelson Martins and Thomas Lemar are likely to start on the wings, with the old guard, Koke and Saúl, in the centre. With such firepower on display, Atlético will be tipped to clinch a valuable away victory, as they look to mount a serious title challenge this year, along with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Valencia, meanwhile, have enjoyed somewhat of a revival under coach Marcelino, finishing fourth last season to secure their place in the Champions League. If they have any chance of beating high-flying Atlético this evening, they will be hoping their Spanish talisman, and top scorer last season, Rodrigo Moreno can find a way past Atlético’s Jan Oblak. He could be joined up front by new loan signing Michy Batshuayi. Another summer arrival, Denis Cheryshev, had an impressive showing at the World Cup for Russia and will add strength to Valencia’s central midfield alongside stalwart Dani Parejo.
Marcelino’s team are more than capable of making life difficult for Atlético but Los Rojiblancos are favorites to take this one.