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Primera División

  • November 26, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero), Madrid
  • Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
  • • Attendance: 13000

Live Commentary

  • That's the end of the match! Jonas and Tino Costa find the net to carry Valencia to a 2-1 victory. The visitors now have 27 points, four behind Real Madrid, while Rayo remain mid-table with 16. Please stick with for the match report and player ratings. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and it's been a pleasure.
  • 90' + 3'
    A late free kick comes in as all of Rayo's players are in attack. The ball is sent in as Valencia go for the offside trap, but the home side had a chance! Tito nearly leveled the score at the death, but the ball flies over the goal. What a golden opportunity. Valencia hold on!
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
  • 90' + 2'
    Valencia are clearing deep. A minute to go.
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Jordi Alba
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Diego Alves
  • 90'
    Three added minutes.
  • 89'
    A corner to Rayo posses no threat as Cobeno comes up to participate. Alves takes his sweet him to restart play. Little time left.
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Tito
  • 87'
    Just over three minutes remaining as Valencia begin to suffer, looking to hold on. Expect Piatti to have the ball a lot as the time winds down.
  • 84'
    Goal Raúl Tamudo
    GOAL TAMUDO! We are in for an interesting finish as the veteran beats Alves from inside the box after fighting off Dealbert.
  • 81'
    Nearly a goal from TITO! Would have put the side back in it. A volley from the top of the box flies right by the left post! What an effort
  • 78'
    Feghouli comes off for Piatti. Nice performance, capped off with the assist to Costa.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionSofiane Feghouli Pablo Piatti
  • 75'
    So much space in the middle of the field for Valencia to work with. Substitution coming shortly for Valencia. Looks like Piatti is coming on.
  • 72'
    Poor Rayo have let their guard down. The skill of Valencia is taken over. Not much time left as Valencia look well on their way to three points.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionMovilla Trashorras
  • 69'
    SubstitutionJonas Pablo Hernández
  • 69'
    Time is running out for Rayo. Tamudo, who is always dangerous, has failed to attribute much. Though shaky early, the Valencia defence has responded well.
  • 66'
    Valencia look more than contest to sit back, defend and hold on to the lead. The counter is there though.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionPiti Pedro Botelho
  • 63'
    Rayo have been taken out of the contest, with a knockout punch looking likely. The team's spirits are crushed as Valencia are more lively in the second half. The home side will need to find a goal soon to get back in this.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionRoberto Soldado Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
  • 60'
    Soldado comes off after setting up Valencia's second goal. Artiz Aduriz gets a nice cameo of 30 minutes to impress.
  • 57'
    Assist Sofiane Feghouli
  • 57'
    Goal Tino Costa
    GOAL VALENCIA! TINO COSTA! Soldado gets involved by knocking a ball down the wing to Feghouli, who sends the ball to the top of the box to Costa, who takes a touch and fires into the far bottom corner for the 2-0 advantage! What a strike!
  • 55'
    SubstitutionAndrija Delibasic Raúl Tamudo
  • 54'
    A change for Rayo as the dangerous Tamudo comes on for Delibasic.
  • 51'
    Valencia are holding their shape well, but many fans are still waiting for Roberto Soldado to get involved. He has been a non-factor all game long.
  • 49'
    Another fairly boring moment in the game. There is not much possession and little skill on display. Valencia are looking for Jordi Alba to track forward to boost the attack.
  • 48'
    Yellow Card Javi Fuego
  • 46'
    The second half has started!
  • Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Valencia at the break. We will be back with any changes and the second half. Right now, Jonas' strike is the difference.
  • 45'
    That's the end of the half as Rayo nearly find the net off a cross, but two players were offside.
  • 43'
    Few minutes left in the first half as Rayo continue to push forward. Emery surely wants this half to end now.
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Albelda
  • 41'
    Lovely chance for Rayo off a set piece. A cross in finds the head of Arribas, who's effort to the near post is denied by Alves. What a save. The home side are craving a goal.
  • 38'
    Corner to Rayo here late in the half as Valencia contain the home attack. On the cross, the visitors clear the poor effort with little trouble.
  • 35'
    Pitti looked to send Lass into the box with a long ball from the left, but Alves pounces well to catch the cross as Valencia escape a light threat.
  • 32'
    Fans surely hope the second half is better than the first. It has been more than boring. Rayo are looking to get back in it and Valencia are hoping to double the lead before half. Neither have showed much life in the last 10 minutes.
  • 29'
    Rayo are showing a little life, mainly through Fuego. There is space to play down the left, but the Valencia defenders are up to the task today.
  • 26'
    Emery likes what he sees on the pitch as he applauds his players. They are playing with toughness, but must be careful to not get a booking.
  • 23'
    A lot of the blame for the goal will go to Cobeno, who looked out of position, as if he didn't expect the shot at that moment. Poor job.
  • 21'
    Assist Jérémy Mathieu
  • 21'
    Goal Jonas
    GOAL VALENCIA! IT IS JONAS! FINALLY! The Brazilian fires to the lower left of Cobeno from outside the box just seconds after a pass from Mathieu. Fine strike from the attacker. Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Valencia!
  • 19'
    The ugly play continues as each team is now resorting to long balls over the top. What is this? Sometimes it is so obvious how important Ever Banega is to Valenicia. This is one of those moments. No movement of the ball. Just fast wingers who aren't getting fed and Tino Costa looking to fire from deep.
  • 16'
    First chance for Valencia. A long-range shot by Mathieu is saved comfortably by Cobeno.
  • 14'
    Corner to Valencia off a deflected shot from deep. On the ensuing play, Tino Costa's curving cross goes out of bounds. Sums up the game so far for Emery's men.
  • 13'
    Rayo deserve a lot of credit in the early going. Valencia always look to play down the wing, and they have not been able to do anything in attack so far.
  • 10'
    Valencia defend the corner well and go on the counter, where Jordi Alba is fouled. The Eastern club play back.
  • 9'
    Feghouli fouls Movilla. The set pieces comes in as a cross, but Valencia head it out for a corner.
  • 8'
    First decent chance of the game as Movilla tries from way out, but his bullet shot flies over the goal. Got the attention of Alves surely.
  • 7'
    The teams are really struggling to hold on to the ball. Passes are poor as clearances steal the show in the early instances.
  • 5'
    Interesting to see Mathieu in the midfield again. A quick player with decent skill, does he have the ability to be a winger? He often does track forward when playing in defence.
  • 3'
    Not much to note in the early going other than a failed counter by Rayo that resulted in nothing deep in Valencia territory. The home side do however look like the Peru national team out there with the white kits joined by the diagonal red stripe. Perhaps you prefer River Plate?
  • 1'
    Here we go! That match has begun!
  • No real shocks for either side. Diego Alves steps in, again, for Vicente Guaita, who is not 100 percent healthy. Couple changes in defence, while Roberto Soldado, the star, gets the start in attack. The match is minutes away!
  • For Valencia: Alves; Barragan, Rami, Dealbert, J.Alba; Albelda, T. Costa; Feghouli, Jonas, Mathieu; Soldado.
  • The starting XI for the home side: Cobeno; Tito, Arribas, Jordi Figueras, Casado; Javi Fuego; Movilla, Michu; Lass, Delibasic, Pitti.
  • As you all know, stick with for our match report and player ratings. The game is set to begins shortly!
  • The starting XI for each side will arrive shortly. It will be interesting to see if Roberto Soldado can perform well after bagging a hat-trick against Genk midweek in the Champions League. The Rayo defenders should have a busy evening.
  • As we glance at the standings, the visitors are third with 24 points, while the home side are 10th with 16. The teams have played each other 12 times with Rayo as hosts, winning five, losing five and drawing twice.
  • Welcome ladies and gentleman to's LIVE coverage of La Liga action. Today we have a lovely battle as Rayo Vallecano play host to Valencia. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and I will be providing updates from the encounter. As always, you can get involved on Twitter by sending comments and predictions to @RCGonzalez10