Almería 2-2 Valencia: Keita scores fastest goal in history, but Almeria storm back
Almeria came into Thursday’s match with incredible confidence, after beating Real Sociedad 4-3 at home on Monday, rescuing them from the relegation zone and set their sights on following Rayo Vallecano’s lead and beating Valencia in back-to-back weeks.
However, Valencia still have hope of making it into the Europa League next season and refuse to give up without a fight.
Valencia defensive midfielder, Seydou Keita stated in his pre-match press conference of Tuesday that his only desire was to score a goal with his new team, and the former Barcelona and Sevilla man, is a man who holds himself to his word.
After just 7.6 seconds Ketia scored the fastest goal in La Liga history, after Almeria made a horrible defensive error, leaving goalkeeper Esteban in a one on one situation with Keita, which he wasn’t able to stop.
Almeria were sunk, as Valencia followed up that goal half an hour later with an goal by Eduardo Vargas in the 33rd minute in what looked to be a long night for the Andalusians.
Yet, it wasn’t all smiles for Valencia, as goal-scorer Seydou Keita was forced to leave the match after injuring his knee, with Oriol Romeu taking his place just before the break.
Following half-time, Almeria came out with a fire lit beneath them, putting pressure on the Valencia defence, but Valencia gave them a scare, as Torsiglieri almost scored an own goal, but Esteban made the save of the night to keep it out.
Fortunately Almeria have Esteban on their side, as they stormed back up the pitch with Oscar Diaz scoring in the 52nd minute to cut the lead to one.
Two minutes later, Almeria refused to take the foot off the gas, with Suso pulling the strings, Corono scored the equalising goal in the 54th minute.
The remaining 30 minutes was a Suso highlight reel, as the Liverpool loanee continued to attack the Valencia defence, forcing Vicente Guaita to make save after save and prove he’s capable of being Valencia’s keeper.
Luckily for Valencia, the final whistle blew and they were able to withstand the attack from Suso and earn a point, while Almeria will be content with the loses of Getafe and Real Valladolid as they continue to rest in the middle of the table.
Almería 2-2 Valencia
Referee: Lamsfús Bartolomé
Almería XI: Esteban; Rafita, Trujillo, Torsiglieri, Mané, Verza, Corona (77′); Aleix Vidal, Soriano (76′), Suso; Óscar Díaz (66′)
Subs: Rodri (66′), Barbosa (76′), Tebar (77′)
Goals: Diaz (53′), Corona (55′)
Yellow Cards: Corona (8′), Vidal (24′), Trujillo (37′), Diaz (57′), Verza (86′)
Valencia XI: Guaita; J.Pereira, Vezo, Mathieu, Bernat; Fuego (77′), Keita (39′); Feghouli (66′), Parejo, Vargas, Alcácer
Subs: Romeu (39′), Fede (66′), Jonas (77′)
Goals: Keita (1′), Vargas (33′)
Yellow Cards: Pereira (81′)