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Primera División

  • January 16, 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 47000

Live Commentary

  • Valencia finally got what they deserved in tonight's opening fixture in Spain. Goals from Hernandez late on and Mathieu was enough to conquer a much improved Deportivo in the second-half. The Galicians were more positive but perhaps that was their downfall in the end. Los Che move into 4th place in La Liga with that much needed win.
  • 90' + 4'
    Hernandez, booked for his celebrations, goes round Aranzubia and quickly slides the ball in the empty net and that is full-time!!!
  • 90' + 3'
    A woeful free-kick doesn't beat the first man Soldado, and here is Mata on the break. Good persistence from Mata and here is Hernandez!!!!GOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!
  • 90' + 2'
    Deportivo have one last roll of the dice.Mathieu has fouled Lopo just inside the Valencia half.
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Pablo Hernández
  • 90' + 1'
    Valencia have got the ball with Hernandez wide on the right and he wins a throw-in.
  • 90'
    Assist Juan Mata
  • 90'
    Goal Pablo Hernández
  • 90'
    Deportivo still coming forward! Adrian pokes it goalwards and Colotto agonisingly watches it roll out!
  • 89'
    Soldado 1-1! Blocked out by Aranzubia in goal!! What a chance to finish the game but it is not his night!
  • 88'
    SubstitutionVicente Rodríguez Guillén Jordi Alba
  • 88'
    .Vicente is off and Jordi Alba is on. Aranzubia is wasting his own time by trying to move a free-kick further forward than it was.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionJuan Rodríguez Pablo Álvarez
  • 86'
    Depor win the ball but give it away far too easily but Tino Costa fouls Valeron.
  • 85'
    A high boot has been penalised and Valencia have a free-kick in the opposition's half. Tino Costa either went for goal or that was a horrible looking cross!
  • 85'
    A high boot has been penalised and Valencia have a free-kick in the opposition's half. Tino Costa either went for goal or that was a horrible looking cross!
  • 83'
    SubstitutionJuan Domínguez Juca
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Vicente Rodríguez Guillén
  • 83'
    Vicente has been booked for a late tackle on Aythami but it was a determined effort to win the ball back for his team. Juca comes on for Deportivo.
  • 81'
    Deportivo have to go for this now but they have barely got close to the ball since going behind.
  • 80'
    The hosts aren't sitting back despite taking the lead. Mathieu is again coming forward.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionNiouoi Lassad Valerón
  • 78'
    Assist Tino Costa
  • 78'
    Goal Jérémy Mathieu
  • 78'
    Costa chipped a lovely ball over the back for Mathieu to run on to and from the tightest of angles the Frenchman bangs his volley into the far corner!! 1-0!!
  • 77'
    SubstitutionEver Banega Mehmet Topal
  • 77'
    GOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! Valencia!!! It's Mathieu who has finally broke the deadlock!
  • 76'
    Great defending from Stankevicius when Costa had gifted the ball to Depor. Soldado is left furious once more, his shot hits Mata infront of goal and he is flagged offside. I am not sure he was from the replay.
  • 74'
    Mata spreads it left to Mathieu, here is Banega on goal!! He scuffs it and Soldado turns the ball a whisker wide of the left post, the goal was empty if it had of been on target.
  • 73'
    Tino Costa is entertaining the home fans! He ran a good 50 yards back to make two sliding tackles on Manuel Pablo and finally wins it.
  • 71'
    Juan Mata is through on goal but he can't quite bring the ball down from Stankevicius. Aranzubia is quickly off his line to claim the ball.
  • 70'
    Soldado is barged over by the keeper who gets nowhere near the ball but the striker is penalised for a tug on Lopo's shirt. He is furious!
  • 69'
    Costa is straight into the thick of things but Soldado can't quite reached the lobbed pass.
  • 69'
    Costa is straight into the thick of things but Soldado can't quite reached the lobbed pass.
  • 68'
    Tino Costa returns from injury for Valencia and is on to replace the booked Maduro.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionHedwiges Maduro Tino Costa
  • 67'
    Stankevicius holds strong against Adrian but Adrian regains his balance, shoots....ooohh just wide!!!!
  • 65'
    The ball is in the net again for Valencia and the linesman has his flag up! The fifth offside of the game and the second goal chopped off. Hernandez tucked the ball in from Mathieu's cross.
  • 64'
    Appeals for a handball as Banega mis-hit his shot and once more the referee ignores the shouts from white shirts.
  • 62'
    Vicente snatches the ball from Rodriguez and los Che come forward! Hernandez chips back for Mata at the edge of the area but the little forward slices it up in the air.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Laure
  • 61'
    Laure clips Vicente and we have our third booking of the night.
  • 60'
    Cleared at the near post this time and Pablo breaks, a solo effort, saved!! Vicente was waiting in the middle...
  • 59'
    Lassad pulls a long ball out to the right and it's a corner. A chance to throw men in the box. Hernandez clears but another free-kick as Miguel is lucky to escape a booking for a thoughtless kick.
  • 57'
    Vicente goes to ground in the box and the referee says that Lopo took the ball, and he is right. A good tackle from the defender.
  • 55'
    Yellow Card Aythami
  • 55'
    Adrian this time on the left for Depor, Dominguez now but he can't dance his way towards goal. Free-kick as the ball is cleared, Aythami will be booked for that foul on Soldado.
  • 54'
    Nice one touch football by the visitors and Adrian collects the ball wide on the right. Rodriguez bullets a low cross, Guaita gets a hand on it but it's a free-kick for a foul in the middle.
  • 52'
    The Galicians have pushed up a little this half and they are no longer pressed in but they are vunerable to a counter, Mata's cross too strong.
  • 50'
    WHAT A SAVE!! Lassad picks up a fortuitous deflection and has time to size up his shot but Guaita gets a strong hand to just turn it round the post.
  • 49'
    Lopo concedes the corner for Depor. Banega sails a ball in from the short routine but it's cleared and we have a counter.
  • 48'
    Manuel Pablo is down holding his boot, Maduro just caught the captain with his studs.
  • 47'
    Juan Rodriguez had released Laure down the right, lovely cross!!! Pablo!! Sliced over by the winger, Miguel had been drawn towards the ball and left Manuel Pablo free at the back post.
  • 46'
    We are underway for the second time in la Mestalla. No changes for either side.
  • That is half-time before 45 minutes have even been played. Deportivo are content to sit back and allow Valencia to dominate but this game could all change in the second-half. Join us back in 15 minutes to find out if we get the goal this game is craving.
  • 43'
    Deportivo are now on the break, Lassad beats one and a second but he has got no support and the third defender is one too many for the No.8. Maduro with the cover for los Che.
  • 41'
    Deportivo have a throw-in level with the Valencia box but they have lost it and the five-man defence are under pressure again. Mata to Soldado...headed wide, Alberto Lopo did just enough to put the forward off.
  • 40'
    An uninspiring performance from the men from La Coruna so far, a goal might just be what we need to open this game up.
  • 38'
    Maduro!!Blocked again!! White shirts were queuing to pull the trigger but the mass of bodies in the box prevented that one from finding the net. Mata!!! Pulled wide at the near post, goal-kick.
  • 36'
    Mathieu makes a good interception in the middle of the park and here is Vicente to the byline....offside, that looked questionable!? Soldado did miss the pullback in any case.
  • 35'
    Deportivo finally make it out their half, but Lassad's throughball is too heavy for Adrian.
  • 34'
    Vicente Guaita has got his colouring book out in the Valencia goal, this is textbook keep ball from the home team but still no end product.
  • 32'
    Vicente!! Blocked by Aythami, Banega's initial through ball was too jazzy! It should have been a simple pass for the midfielder.
  • 31'
    Miguel and Pablo try to play a one-two, throw-in. A long cross drops for Mata on the opposite side but they can't find a way past. The Mestalla fans aren't happy bunnies.
  • 29'
    Nearly half an hour played and we have no goals, but there have been signs that we won't be waiting much longer. Valencia are putting condiments round Aranzubia in the Depor goal.
  • 28'
    Lassad now fires off one for the stats team, one more shot for Deportivo La Coruna!
  • 26'
    The offside flag is up but Juan Mata would have looked quite the fool if it hadn't! Hernandez sweeped the ball behind the Depor backline and Mata tried a backheel but completely missed, confusing his team-mate behind him.
  • 25'
    Mathieu!! Oh a stinger for Aranzubia from distance and he covered it well.
  • 24'
    CHANCE VALENCIA!!!AH Pablo Hernandez scoops it over! Soldado flicked a toe towards Pablo, who had cut inside, but the ball took too long to drop and he looped the volley over the bar.
  • 23'
    Soldado has caught Rodriguez asleep and Aranzubia comes off his line to the rescue. What happened to the defence there!?
  • 21'
    Pablo with a more telling cross this time, but it evades everyone after dropping over Adrian.
  • 20'
    Manuel Pablo flings in a sort of hopeful cross, Lassad swings and misses and Rodriguez!! Well over the bar! Better from Deportivo who have kept their shape but done little going forward thus far.
  • 17'
    Vicente is down after tangling with Laure, the Valencia winger is holding his face but again the referee is having none of it.
  • 16'
    Deportivo keep the pressure on after a set-piece wide on the right. Good defending by the big Frenchman Mathieu and the home team have a goal-kick.
  • 16'
    Deportivo keep the pressure on after a set-piece wide on the right. Good defending by the big Frenchman Mathieu and the home team have a goal-kick.
  • 15'
    Valencia dominate and it's Miguel who has a lucky dip!! There was nothing lucky about that, a poor effort from the full-back from 25 yards.
  • 14'
    The ball is in the net but it won't count! Mata, who squared it back, is offside when Valencia broke through.
  • 13'
    Lassad does well to keep the ball in on the left wing and that's a nasty tackle on Mathieu! Referee pays no attention and play continues
  • 12'
    Yellow Card Hedwiges Maduro
  • 12'
    The visitors have a little spell on the ball and we have our first booking of the evening. Maduro is the wreckless culprit under the ref's nose. Free-kick in the centre circle for the men in purple.
  • 11'
    Mata continues to cause Deportivo problems, crosses? Aranzubia claims that one with ease.
  • 10'
    Mata spins well and finds Miguel out on the right for Valencia. The full-back looks up and searches out Mata once more but it's blocked by Depor.
  • 8'
    Juan Mata looks to conjure some magic for Valencia, tries to find Soldado..unlucky! Soldado gives his support striker a thumbs up for the effort.
  • 6'
    A slow start here in Valencia, as the home team work the ball via Banega from right to left. Miguel concedes a free-kick for a tug.
  • 4'
    Stankevicius tries his luck for the hosts but the Lithuanian sails his shot over.
  • 3'
    Vicente leads los Che right down the other end and Valencia now have a throw-in right down by the left corner flag in Depor territory.
  • 2'
    Deportivo break well down the right-hand side of Valencia and have an early corner.
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