Valencia 5-0 Real Betis: Rampant Valencia crush Betis revival hopes
Valencia continued to gain momentum under Juan Antonio Pizzi, with a fine home performance and 5-0 win against Real Betis at the Mestalla that leaves the Andaluz side still firmly rooted to the bottom of La Liga.
Goals from Mathieu, an Alcacer brace, Feghouli and Vargas ensured a comfortable win for Los Che, now going four games unbeaten and building on last week’s excellent victory at the Camp Nou. As for Real Betis, the Verdiblancos couldn’t achieve back-to-back wins after the mini revival against Espanyol last weekend, and will be praying for other results to go their way to keep their hopes of survival alive.
The opening exchanges between the sides were tense, with both teams giving the ball away and fouls breaking up the play. Chances were at a premium for the majority of the half, but as Valencia continued to apply more pressure the signs were there the breakthrough would arrive. Joan Verdu’s speculative effort from long range was comfortably held by Diego Alves, and was one of the few simple tasks the keeper had in the first 45.
Valencia’s winter signing Eduardo Vargas almost gave the home side the lead on 14 minutes, his powerful header from a corner just missed the far corner. Some neat build-up involving Feghouli and Barragn on the right-wing, ended with two blocked shots, the first from Vargas then Piatti couldn’t convert from a tight angle as Betis were desperately holding on to keep the score at stalemate.
Then on 40 minutes the deadlock was broken, Vargas was sent through on goal with only Adan to beat, but the Chilean’s shot was tipped wide by the former Real Madrid keeper. However, from the resulting corner, captain Jeremy Mathieu was left unmarked at the back-post and the Frenchman powered his header home leaving Adan with no chance.
The home side smelt blood, as Pablo Piatti went one-on-one with Adan, the Argentine rounded the shot-stopper but his attempt from just a few yards was cleared off the line. The next attack once again involved Vargas, his snap shot across the six-yard box was expertly anticipated and attacked by youngster Paco Alcacer, who poked the ball past Adan to doubled Los Che’s advantage.
After the interval, the visitors had a little more attacking threat as Jorge Molina was introduced and started the second period on the front foot. Central defender Amaya should have done better with a free-header from a corner which was straight at Alves, and N’Diaye couldn’t direct his header towards the target as he arrived late to connect with Baptistao’s cross.
At the other end, débutant Phillipe Senderos saw his header from a set-piece flash wide. Shortly after the hour mark the match was put to bed, and in style. Sofiane Feghouli started a lovely move with a back-heel to Parjeo, he continued his run as Parejo’s first time pass found Alcacer who neatly laid the ball into Feghouli’s pass, and the Algerian remained composed in front of goal to fire the ball into the top corner.
Two minutes later it was 4-0, Barragan’s delivery into the box was met by Alcacer, again the forward reacting quickest to flick his header into the far corner. The confidence was flowing through the hosts veins, Javi Fuego attempted a shot from distance which narrowly cleared the bar.
Not long after the rout was complete, the impressive Eduardo Vargas deservedly got his name on the score sheet, latching on to Michel’s through pass after some more intricate build-up in the middle of the park, to fire his half-volley low past Adan. The new Betis no.1 was still kept busy in the closing stages denying Jonas and Bernat a sixth goal.
Valencia 5-0 Real Betis
Referee: Estrada Fernandez
Valencia XI: Alves; Barragán, Senderos (81′), Mathieu, Bernat; Fuego, Parejo; Feghouli, Vargas, Piatti (64′); Álcacer (74′).
Subs: Míchel (64′), Jonas (74′), Vezo (81′)
Goals: Mathieu (40′), Alcacer (42′, 68′), Feghoili (62′), Vargas (79′)
Yellow Cards: None.
Real Betis XI: Adán; Juanfran, Amaya, Jordi, Dídac (66′); N’Diaye, Lolo, Verdú; Baptistao (55′), Cedrick (45′), Rubén Castro.
Subs: Molina (45′), Matilla (55′), Nosa (66′)
Yellow Cards: Lolo (23′), Jordi (53′)