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Valencia runs out

In a yawning match that was animated in the final minutes, Valencia and Athletic tied at one. The lions scored in the 69th minute in their first shot on goal and those of the bat, with an empty fuel tank and losing footballers along the way, answered outnumbered in the discount. Valencia is exhausted after seven championship games. The casualties and the first week with three committed rivals, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Athletic, have knocked him out. All in Marcelino’s return to Mestalla since his thunderous dismissal in 2019. The Asturian greeted, elegantly, Bordalás, his nemesis during his time at Mestalla. This time on the benches no sparks flew.

The game showed what was expected. A lot of direct play, fast transitions, high pressure and little movement of the ball through the center of the field; that is to say, Bordalás and Marcelino in their purest form, although the locals abused the ball more, with prominence for Alderete, Foulquier and Paulista. Athletic was a clone of Valencia and vice versa. The confrontation, which pointed to a tactical and a duel from the board, was a drag until it was altered in the final minutes. The game was scarce and was punctuated with constant interruptions due to the momentum in the duels of different players and the minutes that Maxi Gómez was on the ground. The Uruguayan tank dramatizes its falls excessively, so much so that it has reached a point where the referees do not believe it, even when the centrals hunt it down. Very little real time was played in the first half despite the five-minute extra time.

On his return to Mestalla, Marcelino made up to six changes in the eleven with respect to the defeat against Rayo Vallecano. Bordalás, who had four casualties, three of them notable, those of Gayà, Carlos Soler and Thierry Rendall, returned Cillessen to goal, unprecedented this year after the surprise appearance of Mamardashvili. The Georgian’s insecurity against Real Madrid and Seville triggered the swap under sticks. The Dutchman, also outside the national team, chose to play in pink on his return. His kit was the highlight of a very heavy first half, which was closed with a single shot on goal by Yunus, which was taken by Unai Simón.

The eleven of the bat, at least, shot at goal. A Yunus cross from the right, spat out by Athletic’s rear, was picked up by Daniel Wass, who crashed the ball off the post after Unai Simón brushed against it. In the subsequent action, the yawning stands applauded a defensive recovery by Gonçalo Guedes, who came to Foulquier’s rescue. The French side, well behind, skidded in attack.

The first time the lions threatened Cillessen was in the 65th minute. A precise cross from Raúl García on Williams was cleared acrobatically by Paulista for a corner. From the corner, in another defensive action by the Brazilian central defender, Athletic’s goal came minutes later. Berenguer crossed and headed to goal, with weak opposition from Maxi Gómez, Iñigo Martínez, imperial the whole game. It was the first shot on goal for Marcelino’s eleven. More physically whole, Athletic, on the other hand, only prevailed in the set pieces. Lato and Hugo Duro, out of fuel, left the field. The problems grew for Bordalás with the expulsion of Maxi Gómez. The Uruguayan’s weak game was closed with an expulsion for a double yellow in the 81st minute after committing an unnecessary foul in the center of the field. Maxi penalized his team, forced to tie with one less on the field.

Valencia did it in the discount. Guillamón opened to the left from the front of the area on the entrance of Guedes, who put a candy to Marcos André so that the Brazilian tied and made his debut as a scorer in the League. The game went haywire and Cillessen saved his team from defeat with a saving flight to deflect a lethal header from Iñaki Williams. The striker set a record by equaling the 202 consecutive games without missing a League match held by Jon Andoni Larrañaga with Real Sociedad between 1987 and 1992.

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