Valencia melts against Almería | Sports

The crazy cavalry charges of Gattuso’s troops crashed in the VAR, in the defense of Almería and in their own incompetence as an effervescent team that melts as time goes by and that cannot win in Mestalla against lesser rivals. In a decisive week, with two committed league games and the Cup quarterfinals, Valencia, disorderly and failing, remains close to relegation. Almería had yet to score two goals this season in an away game.



Mamardashvili, Foulquier, Gayá, Gabriel Paulista, Cenk Özkacar, Lato (Hugo Duro, min. 76), Justin Kluivert (Samu Castillejo, min. 88), Yunus Musah, Andre Almeida (Moriba Kourouma, min. 76), Samuel Lino and Cavani (Marcos André, min. 88)



Fernando Martínez, Akieme, Rodrigo Ely, Houboulang Mendes (Portillo, min. 66), Chumi, Lucas Robertone, Gonzalo Melero (Eguaras, min. 84), Samuel Costa, Leo Baptistao (Luis Suárez, min. 76), El Bilal Toure (Embarba, min. 76) and Ramazani (Pozo, min. 66)

goals 1-0 min. 48: Justin Kluivert. 1-1 min. 54: Chumi. 2-1 min. 64: gaya. 2-2 min. 74: Gate.

Referee Jesus Gil Manzano

Yellow cards Cavani (min. 44), Gonzalo Melero (min. 80) and Andre Almeida (min. 83)

The error in the decision making in the last pass of Valencia was the constant of the first half. Gattuso’s squad, dominating the game against a team that pretends to be purposeful, circulated the ball well until it reached the rojiblanca defensive line. There Kluivert, Samu Lino, Gayà or André Almeida did not choose well how to finish the play, especially the first.

At the mercy of the local eleven, Rubi’s team approached the area looking for an access route to their striker El Bilal. They closed that border with the seriousness of two customs gendarmes Gabriel Paulista and Cenk, the substitute central defenders for Valencia, starters on this occasion. Gabriel overran the Ivory Coast winger and blocked the shot by diving to the ground on the interception. The ball touched the grass, Gabriel’s ankle and leg to end up in the right hand of the Brazilian central defender.

Gil Manzano went to the monitor to review the action and awarded a penalty. El Bilal argued with Ramazani for the execution, but won the ‘7’. Ramazani slowed down his run, shot to the right, but the ball crashed into the right post of the goal. Then, Cavani, angry because he understood that he was the target of a penalty in the opposite area, began to celebrate in front of the referee, who punished him with a yellow card.

Perhaps spurred on by Gil Manzano’s decision, Valencia scored early in a very crazy second half. Kluivert, now yes, was accurate when he headed a cross from André Almeida and scored his third goal in the league. The game accelerated. Almería stripped Gattuso’s zonal defense in defense of corner kicks and Chumi equalized with a header. Then Cavani fell in the area and the referee whistled a penalty, but canceled it after returning to the monitor. Immediately afterwards, Samu Lino scored, but one of the assistants signaled offside. After several crazy cavalry charges, captain Gayà scored a 2-1 scoreline that seemed definitive until Cenk, doing well up to that moment, made a mistake in leaving the ball and Portillo equalized at two in a tactical Almería, which stretched when he received the two goals and threatened in discount.

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