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Primera División

  • 15 April 2012
  • • 15:30
  • • Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Cornella de Llobregat
  • Referee: Ignacio Iglesias
  • • Attendance: 24205
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  • Full time in Barcelona. Espanyol give Valencia a hammering thanks to goals from Gomez, Verdu, Alvaro and Uche. Unai Emery's side extremely poor on the day! Thank you for joining us on Goal.com. See you next time!
  • 90'
    He should have scored! Baena finds himself in space inside the box but drags a shot wide of the goal! He had plenty of time to pick his spot!
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
  • 88'
    Feghouli shows good fight to retreat back and attempt to win possession after losing the ball. A feature that has been sorely missing from Valencia's play today.
  • 86'
    The hosts are just bossing the game now, much to the annoyance and frustration of the Valencia players. The Espanyol fans are demanding another goal here!
  • 84'
    Espanyol are playing with a real swagger now, and why not? The hosts have been very impressive today. Valencia have been poor but you can't take anything away from the performance of Mauricio Pochettino's men.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionSergio García Rui Fonte
  • 82'
    That is both sides used all three of their allocated substitutions now as Sergio Garcia comes off to be replaced by Rui Fonte for Espanyol.
  • 80'
    Assist Víctor Sánchez Mata
  • 80'
    Goal Kalu Uche
  • 80'
    GOOOOOOOOOAAAAL FOR ESPANYOL!!! Victor Sanchez picks out Uche with a lovely pass through the centre and the Nigerian manages to squeeze a left-footed shot in off the post! 4-0!!
  • 77'
    Valencia attempt in vain to mount a counterattack down the left but half of their players do not seem too interested anymore.
  • 75'
    Valencia have been very very poor today. They have failed to get their dangerous players on the ball and Alvarez in the Espanyol has not had much to deal with at the back.
  • 73'
    Yellow Card Víctor Sánchez Mata
  • 72'
    Yellow Card Raúl Baena
  • 72'
    Yellow Card Jérémy Mathieu
  • 72'
    The free kick from the Tino Cota foul is whipped in to the back post but Valencia manage to clear. Despite their defensive frailties today, the visitors have been dominant aerially.
  • 71'
    Yellow Card Tino Costa
  • 70'
    Tino Costa receives a yellow card after a rash challenge on Alvaro down the right wing. He may have got a bit of the ball but the manner of the tackle has earned him a booking.
  • 68'
    Penalty shout for Espanyol!!! Alvaro cuts into the box from the left and goes down under the challenge of Canales! Hard one to tell but it looks as if the Valencia man got the ball, just.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionJonas Canales
  • 66'
    Espanyol looking calm and comfortable in possession now. They have been in control of this match ever since the opening goal and we are being given no signs that Valencia are going to mount a comeback.
  • 64'
    Unai Emery makes his third and final change as Jonas comes off to be replaced by the returning Sergio Canales.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionCristian Gómez Víctor Sánchez Mata
  • 62'
    Guaita looks very shaky at the moment. Sergio Garcia brings the ball to the byline and the Valencia goalkeeper dashes from goal in to no-mans-land! Luckily for him Garcia put the ball out for a goal kick.
  • 60'
    Sergio Garcia cuts inside on the left and attempts to earn a penalty out of Barragan but the referee is having none of it and waves play on.
  • 58'
    Assist Sergio García
  • 58'
    Goal Álvaro
  • 58'
    GOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR ESPANYOL!!! What an introduction for Alvaro! Sergio Garcia takes advantage of an awful mistake at the back from Guaita to steal possession and set up the substitute who coolly slots home from 12 yards! 3-0!
  • 55'
    SubstitutionVladimir Weiss Álvaro
  • 55'
    The Espanyol fans are starting to make some noise inside the Cornelia El Prat now. And why not? Their team has been terrific so far!
  • 53'
    First change of the match from Espanyol as Alvaro Vazquez comes on to replace Vladimir Weiss.
  • 51'
    Excellent defending from Alvarez!!! Jonas slips a ball through to Mathieu who looked poised to run through and get a strike on goal but the Espanyol goalkeeper was on his toes and rushed from goal to slide away the danger.
  • 49'
    Mathieu stretches his legs down the left and finds space for a cross inside but his attempted pass across the six yard box is weak and this allows Alvarez to come out and claim the ball.
  • 47'
    Daniel Parejo is also replaced by Aritz Aduriz.
  • 47'
    A change to report at half-time as Sofiane Feghouli replaces the disappointing Pablo Hernandez in midfield. Unai Emery looking to freshen his side up a bit here.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionParejo Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
  • 46'
    SubstitutionPablo Hernández Sofiane Feghouli
  • 46'
    We are back underway at the Cornelia El Prat. Unai Emery's side have a lot of work to do to save this game.
  • Half time in Barcelona. Goals from Gomez and Verdu have given Espanyol a healthy lead going into the break over a lacklustre Valencia side. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
  • 44'
    Javi Lopez picks up a loose ball in the Valencia half and takes a few touches inside before attempting to curl a left-footed strike in the top corner but it goes just over the crossbar.
  • 42'
    Jordi Alba and Mathieu look to link up down the left as the the Spaniard looks to pick out his team-mate but Lopez makes a superb interception before the ball can make its way through.
  • 40'
    Valencia probe forward as they look for a way back into the game. Mathieu drives down the left-hand side but the ball eventually finds its way to Weiss, who spectacularly clears with an overhead kick.
  • 38'
    Valencia whip a corner kick into the box and Jonas looks to get on the end of it but Alvarez is there to commandingly punch the ball to safety. Terrific play from the goalkeeper as he takes the pressure off his side
  • 36'
    HUUUUYYYY!!! Weiss jinks in and out of challenges down the right before cutting inside and lashing a shot across goal that goes a whisker by the post!
  • 34'
    Pablo looks to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and attempts to catch out Alvarez with a shot from distance but it is not troubling the Espanyol goalkeeper as he sees it wide.
  • 33'
    Yellow Card Dídac Vilà
  • 32'
    Parejo drives forward but is cynically and needlessly brought down by Didac as Valencia break forward. Yellow card for the Espanyol man.
  • 30'
    Assist Raúl Baena
  • 30'
    Goal Verdú
  • 30'
    GOOOOOOAAAAAL FOR ESPANYOL!!! What a strike!! Verdu finds space on the edge of the area and bends a fantastic left-footed shot into the top corner! 2-0!
  • 28'
    Valencia look shaken after conceding the opening goal of the game. Their calm and composed midfield play has became a lot more nervous, and Espanyol are looking to take advantage.
  • 23'
    Valencia seem eager to calm the play down in the middle of the park as the hosts are starting to look dangerous on the counterattack.
  • 22'
    Yellow Card Pablo Hernández
  • 20'
    A set-piece opportunity for the hosts as Verdu whips in a corner kick. However, Valencia deal with it easily and manage to clear. The away defence have been dominant in the air so far.
  • 18'
    Espanyol put together a nice move through the centre and the ball finds its way to Gomez in the box with the midfielder in a great position to strike at goal but before a ball can be struck the linesman correctly rules as offside.
  • 16'
    Assist Sergio García
  • 16'
    Goal Cristian Gómez
    GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR ESPANYOL!!! Sergio Garcia shows some impressive trickery down the right-hand side before slipping a pass in to Gomez in the centre who coolly strokes the ball home!
  • 16'
    Jordi Alba runs the risk of another yellow card with a late sliding tackle on the half-way line. The Spaniard earned an early booking so needs to be much more careful in his challenges.
  • 14'
    Jordi Alba headers the ball into the Espanyol box which causes a slight panic in the defensive ranks of the home side, however they manage to clear before any chance is created by Valencia.
  • 12'
    Tino Costa and Mehmet Topal, who produced heroic performances last week against Real Madrid, have started to exert their authority on the match and are bossing the midfield at the moment.
  • 10'
    Espanyol's play is mainly coming through Vladimir Weiss on the left-hand side. Antonio Barragan is Valencia's right-back tonight and it looks as if he is in for a challenge down the wing tonight.
  • 8'
    Espanyol just starting to creep into the game more through possession along the defensive back line. A decent start to the match but no chances created yet.
  • 7'
    Yellow Card Jordi Alba
  • 6'
    Valencia continuing to probe forward with Jonas looking the man most likely to make something happen. The Brazilian is dropping deep into the hole and looks to be a danger in the opening minutes.
  • 3'
    The match has started off at a frantic pace in Barcelona. The visitors look very up for the game but no real golden goalscoring chances created as of yet.
  • 1'
    And we are off! The action has started at Cornelia El Prat and with Espanyol disappointingly placed 10th in La Liga at the moment, the hosts will be eager to impress their fans and climb up the table. Valencia remain in the coveted Champions League qualification positions but remain in a fight to stay in the top four.
  • This is the starting XI of Valencia: Guaita; Barragan, Rami, R.Costa, Mathieu; Topal, Parejo; Pablo, T.Costa, J.Alba; Jonas.
  • The teams are in and this is Espanyol will be lining up tonight: Alvarez; Lopez, Rodriguez, Moreno, Didac; Baena, Gomez; Garcia, Verdu, Weiss; Uche
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