La Liga

  • 44’ André Gomes
  • 57’ Paco Alcácer
  • 71’ E. Roco (OG)
  • 90’ N. Otamendi
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La Liga
Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero
Attendance 26,510


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      G N. Otamendi Assist André Gomes
    • 90'
      Assist by P. Piatti.
    • 90'
      N. Otamendi has found the target for Valencia!
    • 90'
      GOOOOOOOOOOAL! OTAMENDI MAKES IT 4-0! The Argentine defender rises unmarked to thump home a thunderous header, with Elche appearing to completely give up the ghost.
    • 90'
      We're into the first minute of stoppage time. Tyton makes a good save low down to his right-hand side to deny substitute Tropi.
    • 0'
      FULL TIME! Valencia retain third place in La Liga for another week with a comprehensive 4-0 derby win over Elche this evening, with goals from Andre Gomes, Alcacer, an own goal from Roco and Otamendi wrapping up a well-earned three points. The hosts, meanwhile, look ominously over their shoulder tow
    • 0'
      HALF TIME! Valencia go in with a slender one-goal advantage at the interval, courtesy of a finish close to the break by Andre Gomes. Alcacer has seen two efforts ruled out for offside in the opening 45 minutes, but as it stands the away side are widening the gap between themselves and Atletico in fo
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      Valencia substitutes: Yoel, Cancelo, Orban, Filipe Augusto, De Paul, Negredo, Ruben Vezo.
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      Valencia starting line-up (4-3-3): Diego Alves; Barragan, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gaya; Andre Gomes, Javi Fuego, Dani Parejo; Feghouli, Alcacer, Piatti.
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      Elche sustitutes: Manu Herrera, Mosquera, Cristian Herrera, Coro, Pelegrin, Alvaro, Albacar.
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      Elche starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Tyton; Damian, Enzo Roco, Lomban, Cisma; Pasalic, Adrian; Rodrigues, Fayr, Victor; Jonathas.
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      TEAM NEWS: Enzo Perez misses out due to injury for the visitors, with Andre Gomes replacing the Argentina international. Shkodran Mustafi and Javi Fuego come straight back into the 11 following suspensions, while Paco Alcacer starts up top for Los Che due to Alvaro Negredo suffering from a knee comp
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      TEAM NEWS: Jose Angel misses out through suspension for the hosts, with Garry Rodrigues coming into the side on the right-hand side of midfield. Adrian returns to the centre of the park after a one-match ban for Elche, while Edu Albacar is fit enough to feature on the bench. Faycal Fayr may be deplo
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      I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, in the first La Liga action of this round of fixtures. The visitors have the chance to put plenty of pressure on Atleti, with Diego Simeone's men really stuttering in terms of form of
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage of the race for third place in La Liga, as Valencia travel to face Elche in the Spanish top flight. Los Che find themselves a mere point above Atletico Madrid in the league table, after a run of five wins and one draw in their last six matches. Nuno Santo Espirito
    • 1'
      We are underway in one of Valencia's derbies! The away side have only lost two of the last seven clashes between these two outfits, with Los Che having their sights firmly set on chasing down La Liga's leading duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
    • 3'
      WIDE FROM OTAMENDI! Valencia win a free kick on the left-hand side, which is curled into the box and not dealt with. The Argentine defender manages to flick on the first ball, before sliding in to direct a scrappy effort wide of the left-hand post! The goalkeeper didn't even move. The visitors have
    • 4'
      D. Suárez is yellow-carded.
    • 5'
      Espirito will be encouraged with his side's start to this contest, with the likes of Feghouli and Parejo already getting on the ball and looking to make things happen. Los Che have a real vibrancy and energy in midfield. Rodrigues tries to break down the right flank, but Gaya slides in well to deny
    • 7'
      Elche win themselves a free kick from 30 yards out, which is squared back across goal by a Lomban header. Rodrigues and Roco challenge for the delivery, but Valencia clear their lines effectively. The hosts continue to maintain their pressure, but Otamendi makes a brilliant interception deep within
    • 9'
      Both sides have shown some promise in offensive areas already, with this contest already shaping up to be an interesting derby. Alcacer tries to break in behind the hosts' back four, but the Spaniard misjudges the bounce and Lomban is able to intercept. Valencia aren't taking any chances early on, h
    • 10'
      TERRIBLE ERROR FROM ROCO! The central defender places a terrible pass out to Damian, which is easily intercepted by Piatti! The Argentine winger slides a through ball into the path of Alcacer, who rounds Tyton, but Lomban gets back to make a block on the line! Moments later, Barragan whips in a test
    • 12'
      Valencia have certainly had the better of the chances in this game thus far, with a real tempo and pace to this match providing some entertainment for the neutral. Alcacer, however, might be kicking himself over the fact that he didn't bury that chance after the mistake from Enzo Roco.
    • 13'
      Pasalic manages to make a nuisance of himself in the Valencia box, with Jonathas able to strike the rebounding ball goalward from the edge of the penalty area! It cannons off Fuego and wide of the target, but the resulting corner comes to nothing.
    • 15'
      Gaya breaks to the left byline, before feeding Piatti, but Damian is forced to concede a Valencia corner. The visitors whip the delivery into a populated penalty area, after the referee has a chat with Parejo and Cisma.
    • 16'
      ALCACER CAUGHT OFFSIDE! The set piece finds its way into the box, before Mustafi sends a flick goalwards! The Valencia striker uses his predatory instincts to turn the ball home from close range, but the linesman's flag is raised! Pasalic appeared to be playing the Spain international on!
    • 18'
      Los Che continues to have the better of play, but the visitors have thus far been unable to turn any pressure into goals. Gaya tries to whip in a cross from the left, but the young left-back sends the ball looping directly out of play.
    • 20'
      Victor is nearly picked out by a good ball down the line, but Mustafi rises well to deny the Elche man. Valencia then break, with Gaya claiming that his eventual cross on the left was blocked by the arm of Damian! The referee is unmoved, however.
    • 21'
      Andre Gomes breaks down the left flank, before sending a smart ball infield to Feghouli, but the Algeria international can only flash a first-time shot high and wide of the target from just inside the box. Valencia are getting closer.
    • 23'
      The likes of Piatti, Gaya and Gomes bursting down the left-hand side for Valencia is causing the hosts all kinds of issues, with Damian already struggling due to picking up an early booking. Elche whip in a cross in search of Jonathas, but Otamendi makes a brilliant over-head kick clearance.
    • 25'
      JUST WIDE FROM FEGHOULI! Andre Gomes cuts in from the left-hand side, before centering a teasing ball that the Algeria international has no choice but to attack! He steers it just beyond the right-hand post, with Tyton having no chance of covering his angles there.
    • 27'
      The home fans continue to urge their men forward, but Jonathas has had very sparing service. Rodrigues is nearly found by a long ball over the top, but the Cape Verde wide man is tracked all of the way and Diego Alves is alive to the danger in order to claim.
    • 29'
      Cisma tries to deliver an early cross in from the left-hand side, but Jonathas' touch is loose and Valencia are able to defuse the situation. Elche continue to look fairly dangerous when transitioning quickly upfield, with Otamendi chipping in with some smart defending.
    • 31'
      Clear-cut chances have been few and far between within the opening half an hour, but the contest has been stretched enough to provide plenty of direct running and entertainment. After a strong start, however, Valencia will maybe feel concerned that they didn't take the lead while they held the high
    • 32'
      ANOTHER GOAL RULED OUT! Alcacer is once again the man penalised, after appearing to make his run just a tiny bit too early. There was nothing wrong with the finish, mind, as the young striker slid in to poke a low finish beyond Tyton and into the back of the net.
    • 34'
      Feghouli goes on a mazy dribble into the penalty area, but the Algeria international fails to pick up a penalty after sprawling to the turf. Barragan drives down the right and angled in a cross, but Lomban makes an intercepting header to keep Los Che at bay.
    • 36'
      Less than 10 minutes remains in the first half, with Valencia perhaps feeling rather unfortunate to not be ahead after seeing two goals chalked off for offside. Elche flights in a cross from the right flank, but it spirals immediately out of the box and out for a throw in on the left-hand side.
    • 38'
      Pasalic lines up a strike from 25 yards out, but the Croatian midfielder sees it charged down easily. Piatti angles in a cross from the left, which is half-cleared, before Enzo Roco deals with the second delivery. Elche would presumably be pleased with taking a draw into the interval.
    • 40'
      There are only five minutes left on the clock until the break, with Valencia dealing with the presences of Jonathas and Rodrigues fairly well. Mustafi and Otamendi have been excellent with their backs to the well for Espirito's men.
    • 42'
      Elche win themselves a corner from the right-hand side, but the delivery is nodded clear at the back post. The hosts have to capitalise on set pieces when they get them, as Valencia have dominated the majority of possession.
    • 44'
      G André Gomes Assist André Gomes
    • 44'
      GOOOOOOOOOOAL! ANDRE GOMES OPENS THE SCORING FOR THE AWAY SIDE! Feghouli manages to turn a back-post effort goalwards, forcing Tyton into a reflex save, but the Portuguese midfielder is on hand to prey upon the scraps! He thumps the ball home without mercy from a few yards out.
    • 46'
      We are back underway in the second half! The visitors are ahead, but Elche have threatened on the break sparingly. Diego Alves hasn't had much to do, but the pace of Jonathas and Rodrigues has caused the odd problem, while Mustafi and Otamendi have been solid ahead of the Brazilian goalkeeper.
    • 47'
      Feghouli has the ball in the back of the net, after a good interchange of possession down the left-hand side, but the linesman's flag is raised for offside.
    • 49'
      Jonathas is nearly fed in behind the Valencia back four, but Diego Alves is quick off the mark to deny the Brazilian striker. The away side quickly begin controlling possession, however, with Feghouli driving to the byline but losing out.
    • 51'
      Elche work a free kick short, before Damian lumps a delivery into the box which Otamendi deals with. The onus is really on the hosts to try and fight their way back into this game, as Diego Alves hasn't had a great deal to do tonight at all.
    • 53'
      Parejo wins a corner for the visitors, which is worked short before Feghouli is promptly robbed of possession. Elche then break, but Diego Alves races off his line brilliantly to slide in and dispossess Jonathas. That had to be perfect and it was!
    • 55'
      Elche have competed within the opening 10 minutes of the second half, pushing more players forward in the hope of flustering Valencia's build-up play. The game is briefly halted, as Feghouli goes down heavily after having his ankle trodden on by Cisma. That looked a painful one!
    • 57'
      G Paco Alcácer Assist André Gomes
    • 57'
      The assist came from André Gomes.
    • 57'
      GOOOOOOOOOOAL! VALENCIA DOUBLE THEIR LEAD THROUGH ALCACER! Feghouli plays a wonderful ball around the corner for Andre Gomes to chase, with the midfielder cutting back a square pass that his teammate merely has to stab home from very close range! Los Che don't look like losing now!
    • 59'
      SI Cristian Herrera SO André Gomes
    • 59'
      Cristian Herrera enters the game and replaces M. Pašalić.
    • 59'
      Cristian Herrera is introduced in place of Pasalic for the home side, with Fran Escriba opting to shuffle his pack in an attempt to pose Valencia some more defensive problems. The relegation-battling side don't have long left to make what would be a fantastic comeback.
    • 61'
      Less than half an hour stands between Valencia and extending their lead over Atletico in third place, with Espirito not wanting to see Los Che throw away three points from here. Despite going two goals ahead, the visitors aren't taking their foot off the gas.
    • 63'
      Feghouli blazes over at the back post! The Algeria international is picked out in acres of space, but can only angle his finish miles over the crossbar. Espirito's men look to be in total control, with Elche dropping deeper despite their plight.
    • 65'
      Valencia are just keeping possession incredibly easily now, baiting the hosts to come out and press, thus leaving gaps in behind. Los Che can probably freely make changes now, with a two-goal lead appearing unassailable. Jonathas blazes a shot over the bar from 20 yards, after sidestepping a tackle
    • 67'
      Valencia have been strong in the air this evening, with Otamendi and Mustafi able to contend with the presence of Jonathas. The Brazilian is nearly picked out on the edge of the box, but the Germany international steps out well to rob his man of possession.
    • 68'
      SI Negredo SO André Gomes
    • 68'
      Paco Alcácer is done for the day. Negredo is his replacement.
    • 69'
      Alcacer is withdrawn for the away side, as Negredo takes to the field. The former Sevilla man is immediately involved, flicking a ball around the corner for Feghouli to chase, but Lomban intercepts to deny the Algerian and sets a pass back to his goalkeeper.
    • 71'
      OWN GOAL! The visitors are three goals to the good! Brilliant move from Valencia! Feghouli flicks a ball around the corner for Andre Gomes to chase, before an eventual cross from the right is turned home by Enzo Roco. Calamitous defending from the Elche man.
    • 73'
      Half chance for Elche! Fajr tries to cut inside from the right-hand side, but the Moroccan midfielder is denied by a sliding challenge. Valencia have been solid at the back all evening, it must be said.
    • 75'
      SI Coro SO André Gomes
    • 75'
      Coro enters play, replacing Garry Rodrigues.
    • 75'
      Rodrigues is withdrawn for the hosts, with Coro deployed out on the right-hand side in his place. The substitute might offer some more creativity, but doesn't have the same legs as the Cape Verde international. Valencia only need to hold on for 15 more minutes.
    • 77'
      SI Pedro Mosquera SO André Gomes
    • 77'
      Pedro Mosquera enters play, replacing Adrián .
    • 77'
      Mosquera is now thrown into the fray, as Escriba attempts to freshen up the midfield for a late push towards restoring parity. As soon as the hosts approach the opposition penalty area, the door is shut in their face. Diego Alves is tested by a ferocious effort from 25 yards out, but the Brazilian s
    • 79'
      Narrowly over 10 minutes remain in this derby in Valencia, with Los Che holding a three-goal lead which doesn't appear to be in threat of shrinking. Espirito's men are happy to be patient and slow in possession at this point.
    • 81'
      Los Che hold onto the ball, circulating possession around inside their own half, without any need to rush. Espirito is readying another substitute, with Cancelo able to freshen up the away side in the remaining minutes.
    • 83'
      SI João Cancelo SO André Gomes
    • 83'
      João Cancelo comes on for S. Feghouli.
    • 83'
      Cancelo is introduced in place of Feghouli, with Espirito clearly wanting to shut up shop with a more defensive-minded player ahead of Barragan. Elche haven't threatened much at all this evening, with Otamendi and Mustafi continuing to have an answer to everything.
    • 85'
      Brilliant tackle from Mustafi! Elche attempt to break at pace, with Damian winning possession in the centre of the field before angling a through ball in behind the Valencia back four. As Jonathas threatens to get onto the pass, the former Sampdoria man slides in brilliantly to deny his man.
    • 87'
      Valencia continue to retain possession fairly easily, despite Elche's desperate need to try and get back into this derby, if only for the sake of their fans and pride. Espirito is readying his final substitute, as Los Che attempt to run down the clock and secure the three points.
    • 89'
      Elche attempt to foray forward down the right-hand side, but an eventual cross into the box is headed half clear by Otamendi. The hosts maintain their pressure, but another attempted incisive pass is cut out with ease. Escriba's outfit have shown no kind of cutting edge tonight.
    • 90'
      SI Tropi SO André Gomes
    • 90'
      Tropi comes on for Dani Parejo.

    Line Up

    Víctor Rodríguez



    Fran Escribá
    Javier Gracia



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 12 10
    Yellow Cards 1 0
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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