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October 3, 2010 1:30 AM IST
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
Attendance:‬ 38395‎
 
   
 
 

La Liga Player Ratings: Valencia 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

By Vasil Kotsev

  • César
    1
    0
    2.50

    César

    Did superbly with everything but made a horrible mistake in injury time as he was late to position himself before Gabilondo's free-kick. It is debatable if this could have been saved at all but it was a mistake from the goalkeeper nonetheless.

  • Bruno
    1
    0
    3.00

    Bruno

    Sound defensively, although reckless at times. Did not offer much in attack.

  • Ricardo Costa
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ricardo Costa

    Valencia's best defender tonight, despite being rarely troubled. Superb in the tackle and well positioned, his addition to the squad might proved invaluable for Valencia.

  • David Navarro
    1
    0
    3.00

    David Navarro

    Stable throughout the game. Llorente got the better of him in the air on some occasions but he did well with everything else.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    1
    0
    3.50

    Jérémy Mathieu

    His trademark runs on the left were on show yet again tonight and his crossing was neat. Combined nicely with Mata and also did well defensively but had some troubles against Susaeta in the second half.

  • Pablo Hernández
    2
    0
    3.50

    Pablo Hernández

    A superb performance from the winger. His darting runs were marvellous and he never stopped being a thorn in Athletic Bilbao's defence. Skinned Aurtenetxe on countless occasions and played a wonderful backheel in the build-up to Aduriz's goal. He seemed to hurry a bit too much with the ball at his feet but this is something he will get better at.

  • Mehmet Topal
    2
    0
    2.50

    Mehmet Topal

    Performances like this will see him quickly become a fan favourite. He was full of running tonight and his ball retaining abilities are marvellous and his passing was neat. Outshone Fernandes.

  • Manuel Fernandes
    0
    0
    3.00

    Manuel Fernandes

    His precise set-pieces were not on show today as he played second fiddle to the brilliant Topal. He did run a lot and tackled well, but conceded a needless free-kick just outside the box which led to Gabilondo's goal. Earned a yellow card for this foul as well.

  • Juan Mata
    0
    0
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    He was impeccable in the first half, his passing in particular was a highlight. Could and should have received an assist, had it not been for Aduriz's poor finish in the 37th minute. Faded a little in the second half.

  • Roberto Soldado
    2
    1
    3.00

    Roberto Soldado

    Despite not scoring the goal, he seemed like the better striker tonight. His direct running and dribbling caused lots of trouble for Athletic Bilbao's defence and also got an asist. Substituted as his nerves were strained to the limit after a clash with Ocio.

  • Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    2
    1
    3.50

    Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia Top of the Match

    Scored the goal, but wasted a lot of good chances with the ball at his feet. Should really work on his finish with his right foot and his first touch.

Substitutions

  • Vicente Rodríguez Guillén
    0
    0
    0.00

    Vicente Rodríguez Guillén

    Came on for Juan Mata and popped up with a winner. Showed great composure to score the second goal and generally looked lively.

  • Alejandro Domínguez
    2
    0
    0.00

    Alejandro Domínguez

    Great work for the second goal, drawing three defenders before teeing up the ball for Vicente. Performances like this will quickly see him break into the first team more frequently.

  • Iraizoz
    1
    0
    0.00

    Iraizoz

    Faultless for both goals, although he could haven been better positioned for the first goal.

  • Andoni Iraola
    0
    0
    0.00

    Andoni Iraola

    His block in injury time to deny Aduriz a brace was good, and he was generally sound defensively, but received little support from Orbaiz in the first half as Mata and Mathieu got the better of him on occasions. Did not offer anything in attack after the break.

  • Mikel San José Domínguez
    1
    0
    0.00

    Mikel San José Domínguez

    Nowhere to be seen for Aduriz's opener and was occasionally skinned by Hernandez and Soldado in the first half.

  • Aitor Ocio
    1
    0
    0.00

    Aitor Ocio

    The best of a very poor defence tonight. His only glaring mistake was to approach Dominguez for the second goal, thus leaving Vicente completely unmarked and actually cost his side a draw in the end.

  • Aurtenetxe
    1
    0
    0.00

    Aurtenetxe Flop of the Match

    Could have done more than just watching Hernandez go past him for the umpteenth time in the first half. Non-existent contribution in attack all night.

  • Carlos Gurpegui
    0
    0
    0.00

    Carlos Gurpegui

    He was anonymous in the first half, but stepped up his game after the break and, together with Susaeta, gave Mathieu something much to worry about.

  • Orbaiz
    1
    0
    0.00

    Orbaiz

    Flop of the match. He was outclassed by Topal and Fernandes in the centre of the pitch and did not lend any support to Iraola, who struggled to contain Mathieu and Mata on his own. Replaced at half-time.

  • Javi Martínez
    1
    0
    0.00

    Javi Martínez

    At least tried to put up a fight in the middle of the pitch but had another poor game. Injured after a clash with Cesar.

  • Igor Gabilondo
    0
    0
    0.00

    Igor Gabilondo

    An absolutely stunning free-kick to claw one back for the visitors in injury time. His side's best attacking player tonight.

  • Igor Martínez Caseras
    1
    0
    0.00

    Igor Martínez Caseras

    The striker delivered yet another disappointing performance. If he continues like this, he will probably be dropped from the starting line-up. His first touch was really poor, which resulted in many good passes being wasted. Substituted for Toquero in the second half.

  • Fernando Llorente
    3
    0
    0.00

    Fernando Llorente

    Spent most of the time arguing with the referee. He was starved of delivery and his frustrations got the better of him on many occasions.

Substitutions

  • Susaeta
    0
    0
    0.00

    Susaeta

    Inserted much needed pace and trickery in Athletic Bilbao's game and was their main source of creativity after coming on for Orbaiz at half-time.

  • Toquero
    1
    0
    0.00

    Toquero

    Battled hard and showed commitment but aside from a shot in the 83rd minute, he did very little in his short cameo.

  • Muniain
    1
    0
    0.00

    Muniain

    Barely involved after replacing Javi Martinez, who was forced to come off with an injury.

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