VALENCIA 3 – 1 ATLÉTICO DE MADRID
Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gayá; Javi Fuego, Parejo, André Gomes (Filipe Augusto, 71’); Rodrigo, Piatti (Orbán, 62’) and Alcácer (Feghouli, 75’).
Atlético de Madrid: Moyá; Jesús Gámez, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira; Koke, Tiago (Raúl García, 77’), Gabi, Arda Turan (Raúl Jiménez, 69’); Griezmann (Cerci, 66’) and Mandžukić.
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Committee from Cantabria). Sent Cerci off for a second yellow card (68’ y 91’). Booked the locals André Gomes (44’), Parejo (58’) and Javi Fuego (74’).
1-0. 6’. Miranda heads into the net when trying to clear the ball, with Moyá going after a cross from Mustafi.
2-0. 7’. André Gomes beats Moyá after a pass from Alcácer.
3-0. 13’. Otamendi heads into the net a corner kick shot by Parejo.
3-1. 29’. Mandžukić scores with a header after taking advantage of a clearance of Alves from a shot by Tiago.
Atlético de Madrid didn’t have a good start to the match in Mestalla. In a minute, from 6 to 7, our team conceded two goals, one, own goal from Miranda, and another from André Gomes. And, on 13 minutes, from a corner kick, Otamendi scored the 3-0 that seemed a heavy load but not for the League champions, who fought the unspeakable to reduce the difference. From that moment, Simeone’s team owned the ball and Mandžukić shortened distances within half an hour after picking up a loose ball from Alves to a shot from Tiago. Siqueira could have scored the 3-2 in the last minute of the first half but Alves stopped the penalty shot by the Brazilian.
Atlético de Madrid tried hard in the second half without success or much luck. Mandžukić put Alves to the test in the beginning of this period, but the Brazilian goalie stopped the Croatian’s shot. Despite the attempts, and with the substitutions made, the scoreboard did not change. Cerci scored one in the 91st but the referee understood that he used a hand and showed him the second yellow card. Thus ended the match in Mestalla.