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Played
January 8, 2014 12:00 AM EAT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 35000‎
 
Top of the Match
Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois
Atletico Madrid
Sofiane Feghouli
Sofiane Feghouli
Valencia CF
Flop of the Match
Guaita
Guaita
Valencia CF
Guaita
Guaita
Valencia CF

Valencia 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Postiga makes amends after Guaita howler

The goalkeeper contrived to punch a second-half corner back across goal to allow Raul Garcia to head home but the Portugal striker nodded in a dramatic late equaliser

Helder Postiga Valencia Atletico de Madrid Copa del Rey 01072014
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Valencia secured a dramatic 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid thanks to a last-gasp Helder Postiga equaliser after Raul Garcia had given the visitors the lead thanks to a howler from Vicente Guaita.

Guaita punched a corner back across goal to allow Garcia to head home midway through the second half, as Diego Simeone's side looked set to edge a tight encounter and secure a first-leg advantage.

However, Postia popped up in stoppage time to turn home Sofiane Feghouli's cross and ensure they take a well-earned level scoreline back to the Vicente Calderon for the second leg of the last-16 tie.

Both sides made a number of changes from last weekend's Liga action. Joao Pereira, Andres Guardado, Javi Fuego, Michel and Fede Cartabia and came in for Valencia, while Vicente Guaita got the nod in goal, while Atletico gave a rare start to midfielder Joshua Guilavogui.

Valencia created the first opening of an even first 20 minutes, with Miranda blocking Bernat's effort after Michel's cross, before the full-back then fired a shot wide.

Raul Garcia was then thwarted by Guaita in Atletico's best opening, with the goalkeeper saving superbly after Adrian teed up the midfielder.

Valencia dominated possession but chances remained at a premium for the remainder of the half until the brink of the whistle, when Diego Costa raced clear on the counter thanks to Adrian's pass only for Ricardo Costa to block his effort.

Thibaut Courtois was called into action shortly after the break, diving low to keep out Fede's effort from 20 yards.

Chances remained few and far between, with Valencia unable to find a breakthrough while Atletico waited for the opportunity to counter, but the deadlock was finally broken on 72 minutes.

Guaita made a bizarre mess of an attempted punch from a corner, succeeding only in diverting the ball back across goal to Garcia, who headed into the top corner from point-blank range.

Diego Costa then went into the referee's notebook for diving after going down under a challenge from Ricardo Costa in the penalty are before any contact was made.

Valencia spurned a golden opportunity to draw level when Courtois parried Pablo Piatti's effort out to Canales, but the midfielder failed to get over the ball and turned the rebound over the bar.

Courtois then pulled off another stunning stop to deny Feghouli, who bustled his way past three challenges only to see his fierce effort beaten out.

Atletico remained resolute and looked to have ensured the win until injury time, when Postiga burst onto Feghouli's cut-back to head the ball into the unguarded net for a richly-deserved equaliser which sets up a mouthwatering second leg in the capital.


Valencia CF

13
Guaita
Goalkeeper
2.50
12
João Pereira
Defender
3.00
18
3.00
20
Ricardo Costa
Defender
3.00
22
3.00
14
Juan Bernat
Midfielder
73′
3.00
15
Javi Fuego
Midfielder
68′
3.00
21
Parejo
Midfielder
89′
3.00
28
3.50
24
Míchel
Striker
63′
3.00
23
3.00

Atletico Madrid

4.00
13
3.00
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
3.50
12
3.00
20
Juanfran
Defender
66′
3.00
23
Miranda
Defender
2.50
6
Koke
Midfielder
80′
3.50
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
72′
3.50
14
Gabi
Midfielder
3.50
19
Guilavogui
Midfielder
59′
3.00
7
Adrián
Striker
67′
3.00
19

Substitutes

1
Diego Alves
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
8
3.50
17
 - 
11
D. Pabón
Striker
 - 
16
Canales
Midfielder
73′
 - 
16
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Dani Aranzubia
Goalkeeper
 - 
17
 - 
18
J. Giménez
Defender
 - 
5
Tiago
Midfielder
80′
3.00
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
59′
3.00
11
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

3.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid CF
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atl. Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid CF
3 2