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Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia shared the spoils in a frenetic encounter in Riazor that saw David Villa sent off and both teams have enough chances to win. Goal.com watched the game and gave each player a mark out of ten...

DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA

Aranzubia 7
- Commanded his area well and could do nothing about the goal, although he may not need to have stayed down so long after Villa had been sent off.

Laure 6.5 - Could have pushed up more and supported the team going forward, but he was defensively sound and that is all that his coach would have wanted.

Lopo 7
- Showed signs of nerves on occasion when he look to clear the ball rather than pass it out, but it did not cost his side.

Piscu 7.5 - Having stayed strong at the back, he crept forward to net the equaliser when all of Depor's forwards had been unable to.

Filipe 7 - Did well down the flanks after clearly being told to try and cause Valencia trouble with crosses that could be met or picked up on the second ball.

De Guzman 5 - His misjudged back pass gifted Valencia their goal, but he did not let it effect him and continued to work hard.

Antonio Tomas 6 - Was given the job of helping to protect the Depor back four and he did his job well enough and could not be blamed for the goal.

Verdu 7
- If his first touch and pass was as effective as his running then he would have had an outstanding game as he had a lot of the ball.

Lafita 6.5
- Impressed when holding the ball up and when challenging in the air, but he did not win it often enough to make a difference.

Juan Rodríguez 6
- Was involved intermitTently and when he was he was effective, but it was not often enough for the coach's liking as he was substituted.

Lassad 7.5
- Really looked the part and Deportivo have done well to unearth the striker who could well lead them back into Europe.

Subs

Valeron 6
- Was cheered when coming on and his first touch bought a bigger roar, but then he added little as the ball and game went past him.

Sergio 6.5
- Came on and his experience was immediately evident as he took all the set pieces and was a focal point in midfield.

Bodipo n/a

VALENCIA

Cesar 7
- Made a number of important stops as he raced off his line to deny Depor and looks to have been a great signing for Los Che.

Del Horno 6.5
- He could not stop the crosses coming in, but he did show determination and also looks to have put his problems behind him.

Alexis 7.5 - Was outstanding in the air at the back for Valencia against a Depor side that relentlessly put high balls in to the area.

Marchena 6.5 - Dealt with the aerial balls slightly differently as he went over on a number of occasions or committed fouls.

Maduro 7 - Playing out of position, the Dutchman has done very well and after nearly leaving the club has now become a valuable player.

Baraja 7.5 - A busy performance from the Spain international and he looks to be returning to the form that made him an international.

Fernandes 6.5
- Made a nuisance of himself when keeping Depor out and looked to run forward when given the opportunity.

Mata 6
- Given is talent and his chance to shine, he did not do enough to open Deportivo up and see what their defence was made of.

Joaquín 6
- Could have put Valencia ahead early on and showed some good touches, but was not involved enough and was taken off after the break.

Silva 7 - Worked tirelessly and provided the odd superb pass to send Villa away, but he went off after Los Che were reduced to ten men.

Villa 5 - Went hero to zero as he netted a superb goal to put his team into the lead before needlessly being sent off after the break.

Subs

Michel 6 - Showed some good touches and looked assured and not unnerved by playing at the highest and he will have been pleased to have a chance.

Morientes 5.5
- Added little to the Valencia side and was unable to hold on to the ball up front as he spent most of the time having to track back.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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