At the gates of the return of the Champions League, Valencia-Atlético was a direct duel for the next continental competition and the tie leaves everyone dissatisfied, to those of Celades a little further from the top four and those of Simeone with renewed doubts.
The importance of the match and the rival entity led to a conservative start of the two teams. The clash of forces seemed evenly matched, without differential dribblers, without advantage situations for the attackers, but the effectiveness and Atlético went to rest winning with some justice. The second part was of constant and unstoppable growth of a Valencia that found in Ferrán Torres his element difference and in the ball stopped the road to the goal, but the double comeback did not end.
The onces were all the headlines that allowed the casualties. Simeone repeated scheme, with Llorente as coverage in the band for a Koke displaced to the middle I could exercise command. Without more healthy centrals, Mangala He started in a Valencia without Rodrigo Moreno, with Guedes and Maxi Gómez in an attack that the rojiblanca pressure did not let balls reach.
Error and goal
He looked for the attack with more intention Atlético, with more presence in rival field and with more effective to find what he found: an unfortunate clearance of Gayá, an advantage for Correa and Vitolo, and a center that, after Paulista’s rejection, reached a small area Llorente who finished off as the forward of area that your team didn’t have.
Atlético’s pressure dropped more meters than intensity after the goal, with the focus on torpedo the work of Parejo. The growth of Valencia in the game was slow and parsimonious, in constant frustration every time it reached the edge of the rival area, but surely.
On the way to rest came the best minutes of Celades, supported by the constant suffering of Atlético with a stopped ball. Thus came the best chances of Valencia and the tie of Gabriel Paulista, who finished a second play in the heart of the small area after a corner.
The joy in Mestalla lasted two minutes, which took Parejo to lose a ball played with Thomas and, before the complacency of the Valencian centrals, the Ghanaian engaged a dry and strong shot, glued to Jaume’s post, to put his team ahead again.
The second half began with the confirmation of the superiority of Ferrán Torres over Lodi, the differential element in favor of Valencia, and Simeone pointed quickly to the Brazilian with a change for Vrsaljko. Even so, the Celades continued to explode the red and white wound on the stopped balls. Valencia again tied with a center, now of a fault, that Kondogbia finished with the sole of the foot, while falling, before the passivity of Oblak and the defense.
Thomas tried to respond again with a distant shot, but could not stop what could already be considered A Valencian avalanche. Morata and Carrasco entered, and Simeone placed Saul on the side to try to stop the bleeding without success. The superiority of Valencia became manifest, with constant thefts and with Ferrán Torres in display mode. The Valencia squad gave two goal balls to Gameiro and Maxi, but there were no more goals.
Valencia: Domènech (5); Wass (6), Paulista (5), Mangala (4), Gayà (5); Soler (6), Parejo (7), Kondogbia (7), Ferrán Torres (8); Guedes (5), Maxi Gómez (6). Technical: Albert Celades (7). Changes: Gameiro (5) by Guedes (d. 59), Cheryshev (sc) by Soler (d. 79), Diakhaby (sc) by Paulista (d. 93)
Athletic: Oblak (4); Arias (4), Savic (5), Felipe (6), Lodi (3); Koke (5), Llorente (6), Thomas (6), Saul (4); Vitolo (5), Strap (5). Technical: Diego Simeone (4). Changes: Vrsaljko (4) by Lodi (m. 52), Morata (5) by Arias (m. 65), Carrasco (sc) by Koke (m. 76)
Goals: 0-1 (m. 14) Llorente finishes a rebound in the small area. 1-1 (m. 40) Paulista heads up. 1-2 (m. 42) Thomas with a shot from the edge of the area. 2-2 (m. 58) Kondogbia pushes an aerial ball.
Referee: David Medié Jiménez (6), Catalan.
Cards: Lodi (m. 25), Paulista (m. 54), Vrsaljko (m. 57), Mangala (m. 67), Maxi Gómez (m. 78)
Stadium: Mestalla Spectators: 43,297