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Primera División

  • March 11, 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 39000

Live Commentary

  • Valencia came out flying in the first-half and earned a two goal cushion after Tino Costa and Aritz Aduriz put their side ahead. The pace that the home side played with in the first-half was too much to sustain and they came out flat for the second-half. The visitors took advantage and equalised through Nsue and Victor. When things couldn't get worse for Los Che, Costa was sent off and their fate was sealed. Thank you for joining myself and for today's coverage of La Liga. This has been Victor Ferreira. Good evening.
  • Full time! Mallorca have fought back from a two goal deficit to earn a draw against Valencia!
  • 90' + 3'
    Nunes is down after a hard collision with Rami. The Valencia centre-back was booked on the play.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Adil Rami
  • 90' + 1'
    Even with the man advantage, Mallorca are still defending with 11 men in their own half.
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Chory Castro
  • 88'
    SubstitutionÁlvaro Chory Castro
  • 88'
    This game may be close to getting out of hand as several bookings are being handed out by the match official. Costa may not be the only one seeing red today.
  • 87'
    Yellow Card Ví­ctor
  • 87'
    SubstitutionJonas Mehmet Topal
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Dudú Aouate
  • 86'
    SubstitutionSergio Tejera Pablo Cendrós
  • 86'
    Pereira finds a wide open Victor in the middle of the box! Rami caught up to the striker and disarmed him before he could get a shot off!
  • 85'
    Red Card Tino Costa
    RED CARD! Tino Costa is sent off with a direct red card for a hard tackle! Although it wasn't the cleanest of efforts, Costa's tackle does not look like it was worthy of a direct red card. Big blow for Valencia!
  • 83'
    Nsue goes down with cramp as the Valencia faithful begin to whistle the influential winger.
  • 81'
    What a play from Barragan! After skipping past his marker, he played in a perfect cross which Soldado could not latch onto! The Spaniard's goal drought looks like it will continue!
  • 79'
    The playmaker sent his direct free kick right to Aouate. He's got to do better than that to help his side earn the victory.
  • 79'
    Dangerous free kick for Valencia. Tino Costa stands over the ball..
  • 77'
    Mallorca going forward! Victor is nearly found once more in the box but Rami gets to the ball before the striker!
  • 75'
    SubstitutionJordi Alba Pablo Piatti
  • 74'
    Emery is really going for the victory here, taking out a defender for a forward as Pablo Piatti replaces Alba.
  • 72'
    A goal could come from either side at this moment although Valencia look more likely to score. That hasn't stopped Mallorca before though.
  • 70'
    OH!! Jordi Alba works his way up the left flank and sends a great cross into the middle of the box. Jonas arrives late and misses it! Any connection would have surely resulted in a goal!
  • 68'
    OH! Aouate nearly gives the ball to a Valencia forward in the box once more! In an attempt to clear the ball, the keeper mishit the ball, and if not for an attune defender, the ball would have found Jonas on the edge of the box.
  • 66'
    Assist Nsue
  • 66'
    Goal Ví­ctor
    GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL! THAT'S IT! VICTOR! MALLORCA EQUALISE! 2-2! After scoring earlier on, half the goal credit should go to Nsue who brilliantly picked out Victor in the box. The striker simply had to tap the ball in! GAME ON AT THE MESTALLA!
  • 65'
    SubstitutionAritz Aduriz Zubeldia Jérémy Mathieu
  • 63'
    SubstitutionMichael Pereira Alfaro
  • 63'
    Mathieu was said to have been recovering from a knock earlier on but it appears as if the winger is fine as Emery is about to bring him into the game.
  • 62'
    Both look to be fine and are back on their feet.
  • 61'
    Injury concerns for both sides as Chico and Jonas are on the floor in pain.
  • 59'
    The away side are back in it now and look to be inspired to find the equaliser!
  • 57'
    Assist Michael Pereira
  • 57'
    Goal Nsue
    GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOALLLLL!! OUT OF NOWHERE! 2-1! Nsue brings Mallorca back into the game! A long pass found the Spaniard who blew past Barragan and slotted into Guaita's goal.
  • 53'
    Fun fact: Speaking of Caparros, today's match marks his 400th La Liga game. He'scoached 152 with Athletic Bilbao, 76 with Deportivo de la Coruna, 152 with Sevilla and 19 with Mallorca
  • 51'
    Joaquin Caparros' side simply do not have the skill to even threaten their opponents. After Tino Costa was stripped of the ball with only three men back, Mallorca spoiled a glorious opportunity for a dangerous counterattack as they could not even make their way into the box.
  • 50'
    JONAS! The Brazilian should have done better! After being released in the box by a clever pass from Feghouli, the striker is thrown off by his marker and fires wide!
  • 48'
    Valencia's pace has slowed from the first-half. Orders from Emery may be to simply control possession at this point and await a third goal.
  • 46'
    We're underway for the second-half!
  • Comments on the first-half? Direct them towards me on twitter @VicF77 and I'll respond to each and every one of them. Join me again in fifteen minutes for the second-half!
  • Halftime at the Mestalla! Valencia lead 2-0 after two strange goals. First, Tino Costa has his effort deflected by Nunes over Aouate and into the back of the net. Right before half, Aduriz capitalised on the keeper's persistence with attempting to dribble by forwards. Aouate was stripped of the ball and Aduriz fired into the back of the net. Mallorca will have to do a lot better to come back in the second-half.
  • 45'
    The corner is deflected towards a concentrated Guaita who punches away!
  • 44'
    Mallorca with the chance to fight back through a corner..
  • 42'
    Goal Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOALLLLL! TERRIBLE MISTAKE FROM MALLORCA! ADURIZ CAPITALISES! VALENCIA 2-0! Although he barely escaped his last effort, Aouate once again tries and fails to dribble by a Valencia attacker. Losing the ball under pressure, Aduriz had a wide open net to hit and made no mistake!
  • 40'
    OH MY JONAS! The forward turned his marker inside out in a central position from outside the box and released a curling effort towards goal that barely found the wrong side of the post!
  • 38'
    UNBELIEVABLE SAVE FROM GUAITA! The free kick is curled and would have headed into the top corner of Valencia's goal if not for the keepers outstanding diving save!
  • 37'
    Dangerous free kick for Mallorca...
  • 35'
    A rare sight at the Mestalla as the away side put together more than two passes and run at the Valencia defense through Nsue. The Spaniard danced by Barragan and threatened to do some damage before his cross was blocked.
  • 33'
    Here come Valencia again, Los Che must have earned Barcelona-esque amounts of possession by this point.
  • 31'
    Los Bermellones can barely make two consecutive passes to get out of their own half.
  • 29'
    AWFUL FROM MALLORCA! The away side attempts to begin a counterattack but lose the ball in their own half. The ball was nicely wrapped and gifted to Jonas who strikes the ball from outside the box directly towards Aouate.
  • 27'
    Guaita makes a great save from a free kick but play is called back anyway for an offside.
  • 25'
    Valencia looking for a second now! The home side continues to put the pressure on their opponents. If they continue to play at this pace they may be out of fuel by halftime.
  • 23'
    Assist Sofiane Feghouli
  • 23'
    Goal Tino Costa
    GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOALLLL!!! AND THERE IT IS! TINO COSTA! 1-0 VALENCIA! The Argentine tried his luck from range. His shot deflected off of Nunes, floated over Aouate and into the back of the net.
  • 21'
    HUGE SCRAMBLE IN THE MALLORCA BOX! Shot after shot is blocked by the Mallorca defence who also clears a ball from the line!
  • 18'
    Barragan has been spectacular so far. The right-back is playing like a right wing-back and seems to be filling up the entire flank with his bombarding runs at the Mallorca defence.
  • 16'
    Both keepers, within seconds of each other, nearly coughed up the ball to Victor and Soldado respectfully. You would think that one would learn from the other's mistake.
  • 14'
    Yellow Card Pablo Cáceres
  • 14'
    SO CLOSE!! On the resulting free kick, Costa curled a direct effort over Aouate. The free kick may have beaten the keeper, but it did not beat the crossbar! Valencia nearly opened scoring!
  • 13'
    The referee finally appeals to the players' complaints as Caceras is harshly booked for a handball that he couldn't possibly have avoided!
  • 11'
    Shouts for a penalty from Valencia ow! Barragan finds Feghouli and the playmaker goes down in the box. There appears to have been no contact on the play.
  • 11'
    Shouts for a penalty from Valencia ow! Barragan finds Feghouli and the playmaker goes down in the box. There appears to have been no contact on the play.
  • 10'
    Los Che continue to play possession on the edge of Mallorca's box. Unai Emery's men are fighting hard for an early opening goal.
  • 7'
    OH! Valencia pouring it on as they quickly exchange the ball on the edge of Mallorca's box. The passing concludes with Tino Costa isolating Soldado in the box, but his point-blank attempt was stopped!
  • 5'
    OH! Victor is isolated with a clever through ball that splits Valencia's centre-backs in half. The striker fell down and made his case for a penalty. Replays show that Jordi Alba clipped him.
  • 3'
    Speaking of Jonas, he is filling in for Jeremy Mathieu, who picked up a knock against PSV, on the wing. Emery usually plays the Brazilian international in the middle of attack.
  • 1'
    A lively start for Jonas, who dribbles by his marker on the right flank but knocks the ball beyond his own reach.
  • 1'
  • The players bow their heads for a moment of silence before kickoff.
  • We're almost ready to begin at the Mestalla as the sides are shaking hands before the match.
  • Dating back to 2001, Valencia have won seven of the fifteen games played against Mallorca, drawn four, and lost four.
  • Speaking of Soldado, the hitman's La Liga goal drought for Valencia has reached six games. The Spain international, however, did score in his side's midweek 4-2 victory against PSV in the Europa League round of 16. Let's see if he can do the same here.
  • The home side is starting with a highly attacking side. Rarely does Unai Emery play Soldado, Jonas, and Aduriz all at the same time.
  • Mallorca XI (4-2-3-1): Aouate; Chico, Nunes, Ramis, Caceras; Marti, Tejera; Pereira, Alvaro, Nsue; Victor
  • Valencia XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Barragan, Rami, Dealbert, Jordi Alba; Feghouli, Parejo, Tino Costa, Jonas; Soldado, Aduriz.
  • The starters for both sides have just been announced!
  • Any questions about today's game? Any predictions? Thoughts? Well let me know on twitter @VicF77 and I will post your comments, and reply to them here.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to's LIVE text commentary for the La Liga clash between Valencia and Mallorca at the Mestalla. This is Victor Ferreira and I will be guiding you throughout all the action tonight.