A mixed game for the goalkeeper. He produced some stunning saves, most notably against Joaquin in the first half. At fault for Valencia’s winner when he failed to hold onto Costa’s initial shot.
The goals didn’t come from his side of the pitch, as Pablo came in from the flank to avoid him. Got forward when needed to, put didn’t sparkle.
Calm and clever when he possession and held the line well. Got away with an obvious hand ball in the first half.
At the heart of the defence was excellent in the first half, and was hardly troubled. Released the ball early, and efficiently. Under pressure in the second Valencia caused problems, but the goals came from wide and a ‘keeper error, not much the CD pairing could have done.
His presence disrupted Valencia’s tempo throughout the game but was over-run in the latter stages. Provided dangerous set-pieces.
After being adopted in an unconventional full-back position he played it brilliantly. He beat players time and time again, and combined his aggressive with great delivery. Was targeted late on when Valencia were pressing, and may have been guilty of allowing his opponents too much space.
Efficient at breaking up play, and pressurised well. Controlled the game for large parts, but when Valencia opted to shoot from distance failed to close them down quickly enough.
Crashed a shot into the side netting when Bilbao were dominant but other than that didn’t offer much. When he did get into promising positions often choose the wrong option.
Little live wire down the left, and deserved much more. Tore through Bruno on more than one occasion but lacked the knowledge of what to do next. It will come in time as he matures.
Scored a goal showing physicality and awareness but can be found guilty of missing other guilt-edged chances. Second half took it out of him, and never recovered after David Navarro’s atrocious elbow.
Ran from start to finish. Brilliant toiler all night and set-up Llorente’s goal. Work rate was tremendous and had urgency all night. One shot well saved, but created so much more for his team-mates.
Amazing save early on to deny Llorente from close range. At fault for the goal, failing to throw himself to the ground to prevent the goal, but after that didn’t put a foot wrong. Dominant in the air, and commanded his area well.
Without question, he should have seen red early in the second half when he elbowed Llorente but performed an Oscar-worthy performance to stay on the pitch. That aside, was strong in defence, read play well and distributed it efficiently.
Strong at times but Llorente and Toquero overran him at times. Didn’t get disheartened and looked to throw himself into every challenge. Guilty of allowing his opponents too much space.
Strong defending at times and always offered an outlet going forward, with quality at the end. Caught out of position by David Lopez twice which should have led to goals, but Bilbao failed to convert so his lack of concentration wasn’t that costly.
Beaten too many times by too many different players, caught out of position on numerous occasions. Did make some wonderful tackles to deny players in free-flow and added something in attack, but he is a defender so needs to get that right first.
Star performer for Valencia, came inside, went wide, forward, back – was everywhere. Beautifully crafted opening goal and a wonderful cross, making amends for his first half miss.
Unnoticeable to many but broke play up well before shifting position on. Did it all night without any qualms. Lacked concentration late on gifting possession to Bilbao when they applying a lot of pressure.
Got on the end of a brilliant Joaquin cross to pull his side level and was always working hard coming in off the left when required. Lacked something in the crossing department but always a threat.
Controlled his passing well, looked to bring players into the game. Was dominated by the CM pairing of Los Leones in the first half but responded well in the second by finding unusual spaces on the field. Adapted well.
Failed to contain de Marcos – the best way would have been to have forced him back but instead Pablo cut inside too often to avoid him. Worked play well with Soldado, see how it pans out with Artiz absent for weeks to come.
Frustrated as a lone figure up-front and thought the decisions weren’t going his way. Poor night, not involved in the goals, and earned a yellow card for a foul mouth. Needs to improve ensure Artiz isn’t missed.
- 13 Raúl Fernández
- 19 Balenziaga
- 5 F. Amorebieta
Nearly rescued a point for his team with a terrific free-kick but it curved just outside the upright. Moved the ball well but never created anything further, lacked discipline at times.
- 16 Orbaiz
Had an effort chalked out for offside, and rightly so. Should have moved into an offside position earlier. Failed to make a bigger impact on the game as Valencia began to show their class.
- 23 Díaz de Cerio
- 1 César
Shored up the defence after Mathieu was struggling to contain Lopez and Toquero and did it well enough. Valencia turned the game around, as they played their way and that started by passing the ball from defence opposed to lobbing it like they had been doing before.
- 15 Dealbert
- 14 Vicente
- 3 H. Maduro
Two long range efforts, the first well saved. The second led to Jonas’ winner, both were wonderful strikes and Costa should be accredited with an assist. Masterful sub.
One important touch and he did it brilliantly. Tucked the rebound in without any fuss and gets his marks for scoring the winning goal.