Real Valladolid 0-0 Valencia: Chances galore, but no finishing touch
Real Valladolid and Valencia showed plenty of attacking intention, had numerous chances and willingness to shoot, but ultimately lacked precision to take the points one way or the other. The draw, a fair outcome.
Valencia applied the early pressure, with two corners in the opening ten minutes, plus a blasted ball from Fede, in the face of Valladolid midfielder Larsson. Things weren’t looking promising for the home side, as more attacking came from Valencia and in the 9th minute, Jaime had to make a good save, denying a great opportunity for Alcácer.
Eventually Valladolid produced attacking threats of their own and Larsson, still shaken from his blow to the face, managed to find space for a pop at goal, but just a fraction off the mark in the 12th minute. Another good chance came for the home side came in the 15th minute, as Guerra was allowed space to run, but without getting enough behind his shot to trouble Guaita in the Valencia goal.
In the 22nd minute and still dazed by the earlier ball that caught him square in the face, Larsson had to be withdrawn and was replaced by Jeffren for Valladolid. That was followed with a good spell of pressure, with Óscar firing over and threats from Guerra and Valiente, giving Valencia plenty to deal with until just beyond the half-hour mark.
Valencia then began pushing forward well once more and two quick chances came for Vargas in the 36th and 37th minutes. The first a wildly struck volley from distance, that went nowhere near its intended target, then the next from much closer range, but Jaime down well to deny on the goal-line.
Manucho tried to make the most of his physical presence in the 42nd minute, challenging Guaita for a dangerous ball inside the Valencia area. The result should have been either a foul by the Valladolid striker, or the effort saved by the Valencia keeper leading to a corner, but not in the eyes of every problematic referee Muñiz Fernández, who promptly pointed for a goal-kick, the third and most erroneous of decisions he could have made.
Valencia finished the half the stronger looking side as Alcácer missed a gilt-edged opportunity, after great work from Parejo, only to blast the finish into the stands behind the goal.
After another wasted opportunity for Valencia at the start of the second half, Valladolid moved forward well with Óscar providing a lovely cross for Guerra to head at goal, only to be denied by the reaction save from Guaita.
In the 53rd minute, Alcácer did all the hard work, with a skilful turn to lose his markers in the Valladolid area, but he couldn’t provide the finish, losing out in the one on one with goalkeeper Jaime.
On the hour, the movements began on the touchline. Valladolid were the first to make their change, as Bergdich came on for Manucho, with JIM looking for an extra body in the midfield strata and switching from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1. Two minutes later, Pizzi made more of a like for like change out wide, sending on Piatti for Feghouli.
Neither side had the game under control and there were chances at both ends. Valencia keeper Guaita punching a dangerous, but tight angled effort from Peña in the 67th minute, then a moment later at the other end, Piatti with his first chance since leaving the subs bench, snatching at his shot and firing wide, when he had much more time to pick his spot.
As the game headed into the final twenty minutes, Valencia had a good spell of pressure, but couldn’t make the most of it, lacking the decisive final pass or shot to edge themselves ahead. Then Valladolid responded briefly, but they two lacked the cutting edge they needed.
Valladolid made their final change of the game in the 78th minute, with Rossi on for Rubio. After Bergdich fired weakly for the home side, with an easy gather for Guaita, Valencia made their second change, sending on Míchel for Vargas in the 81st minute. Still the home side pushed and Víctor Pérez drew a good save out of Guaita. The Valencia keeper again on his toes to punch clear a dangerous corner a moment later.
Now it was the turn of Valencia to make a push in the final moments of the game. Bernat threatened down the left, but as he sailed in a good cross in the 86th minute, there was nobody challenging hard enough in the middle to get on the end of it, as Valladolid eventually cleared their lines. Míchel then fired in another cross, but this time Jaime was alert to the danger.
The final minute of normal time produced the final change for Valencia, as Oriol Romeu replaced Fede. The visitors then had defending to do, as Valladolid won a dangerously positioned free-kick. Jeffren couldn’t make the most of it though, driving his effort handsomely over the crossbar.
A share of the points and whilst both sides had shown plenty of willingness to attack and shoot, the finishing didn’t match the intentions. Valladolid remain outside the relegation zone however, whilst Valencia missed a great opportunity to push towards the European positions in La Liga.
Real Valladolid 0-0 Valencia
Referee: Muñiz Fernández
Real Valladolid XI: Jaime; Rukavina, Rueda, Valiente, Peña; Larsson (22′), Víctor Pérez, Rubio (78′), Óscar; Manucho (59′), Guerra.
Subs: Jeffren (22′), Bergdich (59′), Rossi (78′)
Yellow Cards: Rubio (56′)
Valencia XI: Guaita; J.Pereira, Vezo, Fuego, Bernat; Keita, Parejo; Feghouli (62′), Vargas (81′), Fede (90′); Alcácer.
Subs: Piatti (62′), Míchel (81′), Oriol Romeu (90′)
Yellow Cards: Fuego (69′), Fede (90′)