The Valencia players celebrate the first goal scored against Celta this Saturday at Mestalla.Juan Carlos Cárdenas / EFE
Another pull from Valencia, which stretches one day and retreats another like a cyclist doing the rubber. After 24 days, Javi Gracia's team is able to touch the grotesque in Valdebebas and beat Celta at Mestalla seven days later, in discount, and against an opponent with ten players. Its irregularity, its inconsistency, its lack of identity are desperate. The excesses of the maximum shareholder, Peter Lim, his evident failure in the configuration of the squad, are at the origin of all the nightmares of this season, but on the pitch there is another failure, that of the coach, Javi Gracia, who continues assembling pieces without raising a solid structure that consolidates the group in the insubstantial zone of the table. The quality of the group, despite the dismantling of the summer, is enough to move through the League without problems. On the other hand, it does not stop sniffing around without taking off. Against Celta he came out face in the extension time
Javi Gracia, who served his second penalty game, made two decisions that marked the eleven. He sat down Guedes for his indolence against Madrid and gave the goal to Cillessen. At Celta, Coudet, without Iago Aspas or Brais Méndez, presented Ferreira in the lead along with Santi Mina, and Solari on the right wing. The celestial ones do not win without Aspas. Only one victory in 23 games without him.
ValenciaCillessen, Gabriel Paulista, Gayá, Hugo Guillamón, Thierry Correia, Uros Racic (Manu Vallejo, min. 80), Wass, Alex Blanco (Gameiro, min. 70), Carlos Soler , Maxi Gómez and Lee Kang-In (Ferro, min. 96) CeltaRubén Blanco, Hugo Mallo, Néstor Araújo, Aarón Martín, Murillo, Renato Tapia, Nolito (Fran Beltrán, min. 90), Augusto Solari (Joseph Aidoo, min. 80), Denis Suárez, Santi Mina and Ferreyra (Iván Villar, min. 65) Goals1-0 min. 93: Manu Vallejo. 2-0 min. 97: Gameiro. Referee Valentín Pizarro Gómez Yellow cards Nolito (min. 13), Santi Mina (min. 30), Renato Tapia (min. 52), Lee Kang-In (min. 54) and Gayá (min. 61) Red cards Rubén Blanco (min. 63)
Coudet was altered twice on the bench. Nothing to do with the Valencia game, bland. Renato Tapia, the Peruvian brick wall, bent his left ankle in the third minute and around half an hour of play he damaged it again. In that action, before being bandaged, he avoided a control of Kang In in front of Rubén Blanco. Then he returned and blocked a blow from Maxi Gómez. Tapia, lame and without the leadership of Aspas, held the straps of Celta while his team was null in attack. At halftime the two teams left without a shot on goal
Continuing with its line of barely offering defensive and offensive arguments, Valencia went into halftime leaving only two or three details of Kang In, the only one with the capacity to plug in the center from the field with the angry Maxi Gómez. Already within the second act, in a connection established by the South Korean towards the striker, the goalkeeper Rubén Blanco rolled the Uruguayan out of the area and, after the VAR review, Pizarro Gómez expelled the goalkeeper.
That play changed the game. Valencia pushed Celta against the ropes of their goal. He generated arrivals and corner kicks and, before his goal, Celta had the option in an exit from Nolito that did not find Hugo Mallo.
Manu Vallejo was hoarse from shouting his goal in discount. Kang In rubbed the lamp, leaked a great ball, and the forward holed out as he tried to get another pass. Before the seven extra minutes was consumed, Gameiro burst the ball against the goal of Iván Villar.