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Played
October 26, 2011 7:00 PM BST
Estadio de la Romareda — Zaragoza
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
Attendance:‬ 18000‎
 
 
Jordi Alba 82′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Zaragoza 0-1 Valencia

Goal.com rates the players on show at La Romareda in the narrow victory by Unai Emery's men

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Roberto
    0
    2
    3.00

    Roberto

    Had precious little to do all game, and was suspect on his only real test, when he was slow off his line for Alba’s late goal.

  • Paredes
    0
    1
    1.50

    Paredes

    Had a few nervy moments when isolated against Feghouli, but otherwise, he performed decently, defending his flank.

  • Paulo Da Silva
    0
    0
    2.50

    Paulo Da Silva

    Apart from one moment when he lost sight of Soldado and allowed him an unmarked overhead kick, the veteran defender put in a solid shift at the back.

  • David Mateos
    2
    0
    2.00

    David Mateos

    Booked for handball shortly after the interval, but the on-loan Real Madrid man did not do much wrong defensively otherwise, making several timely interceptions.

  • Efraín Juárez
    1
    2
    1.50

    Efraín Juárez Flop of the Match

    Got into a bit of handbags with Feghouli near the end of the first half after a scramble. Defended well for 82 minutes, then was outmaneuvered by Alba far too easily in the box, which allowed the young Spaniard to score the winner.

  • Luis García
    0
    0
    1.50

    Luis García

    Chased down a few lost causes, but struggles along with the rest of his attacking teammates as they failed to register a shot on target.

  • Leonardo Ponzio
    2
    0
    3.00

    Leonardo Ponzio

    Spurned one good chance to grab a goal for his side, firing wide from Juan Carlos’ cutback. Was decidedly more dynamic in the second half, and seemed more invested when his team played on the counterattack.

  • Rubén Micael
    1
    0
    2.00

    Rubén Micael

    Lacklustre showing from the Portuguese midfielder. He did not create much for his side, and was withdrawn in the 57th minute to put an end to an unconvincing performance.

  • Fernando Meira
    0
    0
    2.50

    Fernando Meira

    Did not get much change out of the Valencia back four, and cut an isolated, frustrated figure for most of the game. Substituted with 15 minutes to go.

  • Pablo Edson Barrera
    0
    0
    2.00

    Pablo Edson Barrera

    Struggled to create much on the wing, and was largely ineffective for the hour or so that he was on the pitch.

  • Hélder Postiga
    0
    0
    2.00

    Hélder Postiga

    Did not get much change out of the Valencia back four, and cut an isolated, frustrated figure for most of the game. Substituted with 15 minutes to go.

Substitutions

  • Juan Carlos
    0
    0
    2.50

    Juan Carlos

    His fresh legs made a difference, and put Valencia under pressure a few times on the counterattack. Created one great chance for Ponzio with his well-executed wing-play.

  • Lafita
    1
    0
    2.50

    Lafita

    Did not make a significant contribution in his 33 minutes on the pitch

  • Ortí
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ortí

    Brought on with 15 minutes remaining, but did not influence the game.

  • Guaita
    8
    1
    3.50

    Guaita

    Extremely quiet night for the shot-stopper, who did not have anything to do apart from the routine.

  • Bruno
    9
    1
    3.00

    Bruno

    Was part of a resolute Valencia back four, and put in his share of legwork on the right flank. Set up Alba for the winner with a clever lofted pass.

  • Dealbert
    9
    2
    2.50

    Dealbert

    Snuffed out danger extremely well, and was often the last line of defence on the rare occasions that Zaragoza broke through.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    8
    1
    2.50

    Víctor Ruiz

    Had a few lapses in concentration, not least his back-pass which led to an indirect free-kick inside his own penalty area. Was at his weakest defending the counterattack, but solid otherwise.

  • Jordi Alba
    17
    0
    4.00

    Jordi Alba Top of the Match

    The young Spaniard came up with the goods eight minutes from time, showing good awareness in the box to secure a priceless three points for his team.

  • Parejo
    8
    4
    2.00

    Parejo

    Disappointing game for the former Real Madrid man, lasting only 45 minutes without making a significant contribution.

  • Mehmet Topal
    12
    2
    2.50

    Mehmet Topal

    Did his job well, proving a sturdy presence in midfield to break up the Zaragoza attacks on a number of occasions.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    9
    3
    2.50

    Sofiane Feghouli

    Blew hot and cold for most of the match. Looked capable of beating his man, but made the wrong decision too often in the attacking third. Booked for a bit of silliness with Juarez in the first half.

  • Ever Banega
    13
    1
    2.50

    Ever Banega

    Showed plenty of energy in his efforts to facilitate his side in the attacking third, but the lack of space around the penalty area meant that his contribution was not at its highest standard.

  • Pablo Piatti
    7
    1
    2.00

    Pablo Piatti

    Was a willing runner all game, but sometimes tried to do too much and found himself crowded out by multiple Zaragoza bodies. Replaced on the hour mark.

  • Roberto Soldado
    9
    2
    3.50

    Roberto Soldado

    Was frequently his side’s main target up front, but did not manage to find space as often as he’d like. Had a great chance from a bicycle kick which went straight into the keepers' arms.

Substitutions

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    4
    2
    2.50

    Jérémy Mathieu

    Made a positive cameo in the second half, finding himself in some good attacking positions.

  • Jonas
    4
    3
    3.00

    Jonas

    Provided some much-needed fresh legs in place of the tiring Piatti

  • Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    9
    1
    3.00

    Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia

    Given a 7 minute run out, and almost added gloss to the win in that period, but fluffed his lines.

Results
 
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