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Alves heroics cannot prevent Valencia defeat

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Valencia keeper Diego Alves saved two penalties to extend his La Liga record but could not prevent defeat by Atletico Madrid at the Mestalla.

Alves took his tally of penalty saves to 19 by denying Antoine Griezmann and Gabi either side of the interval.

Griezmann made amends in the 63rd minute as Kevin Gameiro pounced on a rebound to pull back for the France international to score.

Gameiro added a second late on, cutting inside to finish low under Alves.

The hosts threatened before Gameiro’s strike as Eliaquim Mangala headed straight at Atletico keeper Jan Oblak when unmarked in the final stages.

But despite the efforts of Alves, who broke the all-time La Liga penalty-saving record last week against Leganes, the hosts could not force a result in front of new boss Cesare Prandelli, sitting in the stands before he officially takes over on Monday.

Victory took Atletico to the top of La Liga, though Real Madrid or Barcelona could finish the weekend as leaders depending on their results against Eibar and Celta Vigo respectively later on Sunday.

Line-ups

Valencia

  • 1Diego Alves
  • 21Montoya
  • 4Santos
  • 5MangalaBooked at 60mins
  • 14Gayá Peña
  • 8Pérez
  • 7Suárez
  • 2Cavaco CanceloSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 45′minutes
  • 10Parejo
  • 17NaniSubstituted forBakkaliat 80′minutes
  • 19RodrigoSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Siqueira
  • 9El Haddadi
  • 11Bakkali
  • 13Domenech Sánchez
  • 20Medrán
  • 22Mina Lorenzo
  • 23Abdennour

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 20Juanfran
  • 15Savic
  • 19Hernández
  • 3Filipe LuisBooked at 28mins
  • 11CorreaSubstituted forTorresat 63′minutes
  • 14Gabi
  • 6Koke
  • 8ÑíguezSubstituted forCarrascoat 58′minutes
  • 21Gameiro
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 58minsSubstituted forTiagoat 80′minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 5Tiago
  • 9Torres
  • 10Carrasco
  • 16Vrsaljko
  • 22Partey
  • 23Gaitán
  • 25Campos Moreira
Referee:
Carlos Clos Gómez
Attendance:
43,276

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away10
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Valencia 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Valencia 0, Atlético de Madrid 2.

Goal!

Goal! Valencia 0, Atlético de Madrid 2. Kevin Gameiro (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juanfran.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi tries a through ball, but Koke is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Santi Mina (Valencia) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Zakaria Bakkali with a cross.

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Suárez (Valencia).

Attempt saved. Eliaquim Mangala (Valencia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zakaria Bakkali.

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mario Suárez (Valencia).

Dangerous play by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

Zakaria Bakkali (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Mario Suárez.

Attempt blocked. Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Filipe Luis.

Attempt missed. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Booking

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tiago (Atlético de Madrid).

José Gayá (Valencia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Tiago.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Tiago replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Zakaria Bakkali replaces Nani because of an injury.

Delay in match Nani (Valencia) because of an injury.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Juanfran.

Attempt saved. Daniel Parejo (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

Munir El Haddadi (Valencia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid).

Mario Suárez (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Santi Mina (Valencia).

Attempt saved. Nani (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mario Suárez.

Attempt missed. Kevin Gameiro (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Nani (Valencia) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

Munir El Haddadi (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Penalty saved! Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Alves heroics cannot prevent Valencia defeat

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