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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′
Top of the Match
Jordi Alba
Jordi Alba
Valencia CF
Jordi Alba
Jordi Alba
Valencia CF
Flop of the Match
Efraín Juárez
Efraín Juárez
Zaragoza
Roberto
Roberto
Zaragoza

Zaragoza 0-1 Valencia: Jordi Alba nets winner as Unai Emery's side clinch first win in four matches

Los Che score late to claim all three points in a drab encounter, which sees them into the top four of La Liga

By Keeghann Sinanan

Jordi Alba, Valencia
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Valencia ended their four-game winless streak with a 1-0 away victory over Zaragoza, their first triumph at La Romareda in five years.

The match was not one for the purists, with both teams struggling to craft much in the way of goalmouth action. In the end, a Jordi Alba strike eight minutes from time clinched the points for the Mestalla outfit.

The first half was starved for chances, with neither side showing much initiative to break the deadlock. Valencia edged play in terms of possession, but the opening period was largely defined by both side’s inability to find space around the opposition penalty area.

The most notable moment of the opening period came five minutes before half-time, when Sofiane Feghouli was booked for exchanging a few kicks with Efrain Juarez, after both players went to ground in a tussle for a loose ball.

The match continued in much the same vein after the interval, with goalscoring opportunities proving difficult to come by. Ever Banega’s deflected effort from a free kick caused Roberto a few problems, but the former Benfica man recovered well to save the shot.

Valencia fashioned a great chance to break the deadlock just before the hour-mark, when Roberto Soldado was found unmarked near the far post by Feghouli. The Spanish striker caught the ball cleanly with an overhead kick, but his effort went straight into the arms of Roberto.

The visitors slowly began to dictate play as the second-half wore on, but were struggling to turn their possession on the edge of the Zaragoza box into clear cut opportunities. They were almost caught on the counterattack by Juan Carlos’s enterprising run down the left flank, but Leo Ponzio fired his cutback just wide from the top of the box.

However, with the game seemingly destined to end in a stalemate, Unai Emery’s men finally managed to break through the Zaragoza back line to score the opening goal eight minutes from the end. Bruno found Jordi Alba in the area with a lofted through ball, and the young Spaniard evaded the attentions of Juarez and flicked the ball past the onrushing Roberto to seal the points for his side.

Valencia move into fourth place on 18 points as result of a well-earned triumph on the road, while Zaragoza remain in 14th place with nine points.



Zaragoza

12
Roberto
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Paredes
Defender
61′
1.50
14
Paulo Da Silva
Defender
2.50
6
David Mateos
Defender
48′
2.00
16
Efraín Juárez
Defender
1.50
10
Luis García
Striker
1.50
23
Leonardo Ponzio
Midfielder
3.00
17
Rubén Micael
Midfielder
57′
2.00
2
Fernando Meira
Defender
20′
2.50
17
2.00
23
2.00

Valencia CF

3.50
13
Guaita
Goalkeeper
59′
3.00
2
Bruno
Defender
82′
2.50
-
Dealbert
Defender
2.50
5
4.00
18
Jordi Alba
Midfielder
82′
2.00
21
Parejo
Midfielder
46′
2.50
5
Mehmet Topal
Midfielder
2.50
8
2.50
-
Ever Banega
Midfielder
2.00
17
3.50
9

Substitutes

25
Leo Franco
Goalkeeper
0.00
6
0.00
17
Juan Carlos
Midfielder
62′
2.50
20
0.00
8
Edu Oriol
Midfielder
0.00
17
Lafita
Midfielder
57′
2.50
26
Ortí
Striker
76′
2.00

Substitutes

0.00
1
Diego Alves
Goalkeeper
0.00
19
Barragán
Defender
2.50
22
0.00
-
Albelda
Midfielder
0.00
24
Tino Costa
Midfielder
3.00
7
Jonas
Striker
61′
3.00
20

Coach/Manager

-
1.50

Coach/Manager

3.50
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0