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October 26, 2011
• Estadio de la Romareda, Zaragoza
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
• Attendance: 18000
Jordi Alba 82'
I'm Roger Gonzalez, and it's been a pleasure. Thanks for joining us for the LIVE coverage of La Liga action between Valencia and Zaragoza. As always, stick with Goal.com for the match report and player ratings of this game and all of the wonderful games being played today.
What a result for Valencia as they build momentum ahead of midweek Champions League action. Jordi Alba is the hero for Los Che in the 1-0 victory over Zaragoza.
90' + 3'
That's it! The game has ended! Valencia win to jump up to fourth place!
90' + 2'
Mathieu!!!!! Nearly the second on the counter! A pass from Banega saw the Frenchmen take a shot from the left side of the box. He could not put it away though, sending it over the goal.
Zaragoza's three match unbeaten streak at home is set to come to an end as Aguirre's men can't find the late equaliser as Valencia go on the counter.
Valencia nearly score on a corner as Aduriz is denied from two metres out at the front post! Zaragoza go on the counter to win a corner, but Guaita skies well to grab the ball as minutes remain.
A late push by Zaragoza nearly sees Dealbert put the ball into his own next after Luis Garcia came close to scoring. Guaita makes the save on his defender.
Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
What a goal. Alba is the hero at the moment as Aduriz comes on for Soldado.
Goal Jordi Alba
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL VALENCIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JORDI ALBA SCORES 10 MINUTES FROM TIME!!!!!! THE BREAKTHROUGH BY THE YOUNG STAR! Bruno, at the top of the box, lobs a ball in front of goal where Alba and Juarez fight for position as the Valencia player beats the Mexican to the ball, getting a touch on it to knock it by an oncoming Roberto, sending it to the left post as it bounces into the net for the advantage.
Yellow Card Jérémy Mathieu
Valencia, luckily enough, escape danger as all of Emery's men were in the box to defend. A loose ball at the right post could not be put away as Valencia cleared.
Haven't seen this in a while! A pass from Ruiz to Guaita forces the custodian to pick it up with his hand as the former Napoli defender did poorly to clear the ball. An indirect free kick coming from 16 metrees.
Ponzio!!!!!! The former Argentine international tries to put home a cross from Juan Carlos, but the right-footed shot goes right by the post! Moments later, Soldado sends Feghouli through, but the youngster plants poorly, failing to get a shot from metres out.
Both teams look to go on the counter. Banega falls in the middle of the pitch, calling for a foul, but it is not given. Zaragoza then go on the break but Valencia respond well, keeping shape in the back while pressuring, seeing Zaragoza's counter disappear.
Feghouli takes a chance on goal from outside the box, not even making Roberto turn his head. That one was going wide from the moment it touched his foot.
Mathieu continues to make an impact with the ball, adding another dimension to the left side with his speed. With just over 20 minutes to go, we will see if it pays off.
Solid moments of possession for Valencia near the Zaragoza goal, but there was no solid chance at all. The positioning of the home defenders again frustrated the visitors as they failed to infiltrate the box with no clear looks to send in a ball.
Another wasted corner for Valenica as Ruiz fails to arrive at a ball before it goes past the by-line.
A couple changes as Piatti is off in favour of Jonas, and for Zaragoza, Juan Carlos comes on for Barrera.
Yellow Card Paredes
Yellow Card Guaita
SOLDADOOOOOOOOOO!!!! WHAT A CHANCE! Feghouli chips in a cross from the right and the striker, alone at the back post, goes with an overhead kick, but the ball goes right to Roberto, who makes the save. What a chance!
Banega has a chance to play in a cross from the left, but it flies over the box. Valencia have shown nothing in attack.
The back-line of Valencia is playing equally as well as Zaragoza's aside from a few errors by Ruiz. Bruno shows his talent with a header to clear a cross from the right that was looking for Postiga.
The ref has a word with Guaita for wasting time as the fans beg for a card.
Yellow Card David Mateos
Banega's right-footed shot hits the wall, nearly sneaking into the left post, but it was saved well by Roberto.
Banega looks for a cross into the middle of the box, but it hits Mateos and a handball is called. Dangerous chance from 20 metres, but the replay shows the ball hit his chest.
We are back underway as Mathieu enters for Parejo, giving Banega more space to work in the middle.
The second half is set to begin.
The second half will begin shortly. Please be sure to stick with Goal.com after the match the report and ratings.
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45' + 1'
Thankfully, the painful first half comes to an end with no chances to speak of as frustration builds for each team. Valencia have not won at Zaragoza in five years. Can they do it today in the second 45 minutes?
One minute of added time.
Three minutes to go before the break. There has been solid defensive play but little else as each goalkeeper must be wondering if they will earn their wage today.
Yellow Card Sofiane Feghouli
Yellow card to Feghouli after getting into a little battle with Jaurez. The Valencia midfielder hit the ground alongside the Mexican after trying to gain possession of the ball. Both exchanged little kicks at each other, but the ref only saw the Frenchmen.
A free kick from Garcia goes way over the goal, pretty much summing up the first half.
35 minutes have flown by. Many in the stands may be sleeping at this point as there hasn't been a solid chance on goal.
The ball lands outside of the box to Banega, but the former Boca Juniors star slices the ball high and wide of the goal.
Soldado wins a corner as Soldado's cross from the right is blocked wide.
Yellow Card Víctor Ruiz
A quick corner results in nothing as Parejo changes fields with the ball to Banega, who looks to go down the right side but against, the Zaragoza defenders dominate.
Alba plays Feghouli down the left with a clever heel. The France-born midfielder sends in a left-footed cross that goes out for a corner.
At the top of the box, Banega chips a ball into the left side to Parejo who was charging towards the by-line, but the former Getafe man can't find Soldado alone at the back post as his cross hits a defender and goes out for a corner. Valencia do nothing with the corner as a foul awards the ball to Zaragoza.
Garcia looks to send in a dangerous ball, but Ruiz clears. Then, a turnover by Valencia sees Barrera down the right side, and the Mexican's cross does not find Postiga, flying through the box.
Emery with screams of "vamos" from the sideline, attempting to give his team a bit of momentum and confidence as threatening in attack has proved difficult in the early stages of the half.
Yellow Card Fernando Meira
Things have slowed down as the ref has a word with Parejo and Meira for a little pushing and shoving. Back on now.
Corner to Valencia. Parjeo plays Feghouli quickly, but the midfielder sends in a disappointing ball into the box as it's cleared with no trouble.
Ever Banega looks to get thing started in the middle but is denied by the Zaragoza midfield. Tough tackles and solid timing are preventing the Champions League side from doing anything.
Piatti is fouled again as his speed down the left side threats the home side. Valencia take the kick quickly, playing around with possession a bit more.
The ball remains down in the attacking corner of Valencia after a series of throw-ins, but the defence of Zaragoza holds well with solid positioning, not allowing the visiting attack to break through into the box.
Both teams have gone into short spells of poor control, committing errors while in possession. Valencia are looking to play Feghouli down the left side, while Zaragoza are looking to play down the right.
Piatti is taken down at the top of the box after a dashing run. But Parejo's effort is quickly cleared. Valencia in complete control in the early going.
Nice chance for Valencia as Feghouli sends in a volleyed cross into the box where Parejo's left-footed effort hits the side of the net.
Clever work by Barrera down the right side, taking a clever little cut with the ball ultimately landing at the feet of Ponzio, but the Argentine's effort from outside the box fails to pose a threat.
The match has begun!
The match is just minutes away!
With the injury to Sergio Canales, Unai Emery goes with Parejo to play behind Soldado with Piatti and Feghouli taking the wings. In the back, Dealbert is in the lineup for Adil Rami, who is serving his second game of suspension
For Valencia, a very surprising one: Guaita; Bruno, Dealbert, Ruiz, Alba; Banega, Topal; Piatti, Parejo, Feghouli; Soldado.
The starting XI for Zaragoza: Roberto; Juarez, Da Silva, Mateos, Paredes; Barrera, Ponzio, Meira, Micael; Luis Garcia and Postiga.
The starting XI for both sides will be coming your way in moments.
As always, send your comments on Twitter to @RCGonzalez10
Valencia are fifth in the league but have not won since the first of October. Zaragoza are in 14th, coming off a 3-0 loss to Osasuna.
Welcome everyone to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Real Zaragoza and Valencia! I'm Roger Gonzalez, and I'll be providing updates from the contest as both teams look for an important three points.
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