Saturday August 27, 2011 Kick off: 19:00 Day 2 Mestalla

Valencia CF v Racing Santander

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    • 90+4' All over! A 4-3 win for Valencia without Juan Mata. What a victory on the opening night of the season.
    • 89' Four minutes to be added to this match....
    • 88' GOAL!! Soldado pounces on a wonderful cross from Alba to stab the ball home from close range. Three goals tonight for him for Valencia. A hat-trick and one at the other end, but Valencia now lead 4-3. Surely the winner.
    • 87' What a finish to this match. Can Valencia grab the winner? Hector Cuper looking a bit concerned on the visiting bench.
    • 86' GOAL!! Soldado pounces on Jonas's return pass to slam the ball beyond Tono. Valencia level so late in the game at 3-3.
    • 85' Strong play by Rami. Wins the ball well, but he has to get the ball up the other end of the park. Clock is Valencia's enemy out there.
    • 84' Bakircioglu runs the ball into the corner flag before Adrian's weak shot trundles into the arms of Vicente.
    • 83' Rami takes out Munitis with a late push, and the visiting side have a free-kick chance here.
    • 81' Jonas continues a fine run into the box, but he can't get on the end of an overhit pass as Tono prepares to take a goalkick for the visiting side.
    • 80' Valencia win a corner. Tino Costa with it. Ball breaks to Banega 25 yards out, but he thumps his shot wide of the target.
    • 78' Valencia with so much of this ball in the second half. 72%, but they trail 3-2. So unfortunate to be behind.
    • 77' Jonas tries to feed Soldado, but the flag goes up as he is caught offside.
    • 76' Change coming here for the visiting side as Arana is replaced by Samperio.
    • 74' Soldado almost in for his second goal of the day. Valencia continue to push bodies up the park. Soldado penalised seconds later for pushing.
    • 73' Tino Costa picks up a booking for a late challenge on Munitis. All a bit frantic out there.
    • 71' Jonas hit a post for Valencia! So close to 3-3. Can't believe that stayed out. Banega takes a tumble, but never a penalty.
    • 70' Bedia foulded Rami, but he has gone to ground like he has been shot. Play-acting there.
    • 69' Munitis plays a decent pass out to Arana, but he can't get the ball into the danger. Meanwhile, Bedia is on the deck.
    • 67' Decent cross into the area by Adrian, but headed away by Topal. Valencia desperate for this equaliser.
    • 66' Munitis knocks the ball off a white shirt and the visiting side earn themselves a corner.
    • 65' Valenica with 17 shots on goal, Racing with three..but the visiting side hold a 3-2 lead. Amazing stats, really.
    • 63' A change coming for Valencia. Jonas is on for Pablo Piatti.
    • 62' Edu Bedia replaces Lautaro Acosta for Racing.
    • 61' Domingo force to smack the ball away as Valencia continue on the offensive.
    • 60' Valencia go searching for a third goal and the equaliser. Bruno's cross is whacked out. That third goal for Racing seems to have inspired them.
    • 59' Another fine stop by Tono on his line after Rami again won space to power a header at the goal. Another fine corner by Hernandez.
    • 58' Superb save by Tono to tip over the bar from Soldado. Looked for all the world like it was 3-3, but the Racing keeper got a touch on it from Piatti's cross.
    • 57' Hernandez it was with the perfect corner, but Racing stood and watched the big defender power that one home.
    • 56' GOAL!! Valencia right back in the contest as Rami rises to power home a header. They trail 3-2 now. Fresh hope.
    • 55' So much time to clear the danger, but Banega made a mess of that first clearance as the ball bobbled around the box before breaking to the Racing player. Golden chance now for an away win.
    • 54' GOAL!! Horrid defending by Valencia as Adrian slides the ball beyond Vicene and Racing have a 3-1 lead.
    • 53' Tono comes out of his goal to collect with Soldado trying to get on the end of a ball in the box. Decent handling.
    • 52' Banega decides to let fly from 25 yards out, but well over the bar with that effort. Racing will take those all night long.
    • 51' Banega and Jordi Alba try to open up the visiting defence, but there is a wall of green shirts in the way as Racing work it clear.
    • 50' Soldado to Jordi Alba on the run, but his cross is too near the visiting keeper as Tono collects with some ease.
    • 49' Piatti makes a run down a flank, but he can't keep the ball in play and the visiting side have a goalkick.
    • 48' Barba fouled by Hernandez. Caught him square on the jaw there. Think it was unintentional use of the elbow. Referee waves play on.
    • 47' Changes then for Valencia at the outset of the second period. Tino Costa replaces Ricardo Costa with Sergio Canales on for Juan Bernat.
    • 46' We are off and running for this second half with Valencia trying to claw their way back into this match.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. Racing more than happy with their lot. They lead 2-1 at the break in the Mestalla.
    • 44' Racing hoist the ball long down the pitch and that should be that for this half..
    • 43' Referee is going to add a minute to this half.
    • 41' Earlier result from La Liga saw Real Sociedad down Sporting Gijon 2-1. We have Granada against Real Betis for you after this one.
    • 40' Anywhere will do for the green shirts as we head for the break. Soldado penalised for using a high boot seconds later.
    • 39' Was a poor, poor, challenge by Soldado. Not sure if the referee spotted it. On we go with Racing clinging to this 1-0 lead.
    • 38' A bit of pushing and shoving out there after Soldado and Picon collide. Referee trying to calm matters down.
    • 37' Offside flag goes up against Soldado after Piatti slammed in a shot from distance.
    • 36' Valencia continue to push and probe. Jordi Alba takes a sore, but he is quickly back on his feet.
    • 35' Rami pops up again at the back post, but can't keep the ball in play. This is turning out to be a dream half for Racing. All going their way.
    • 34' Acosta working incredibly hard for the team as he fouls Banega. Valencia continue to pour bodies forward.
    • 33' Costa rises to head at goal in the home box, but can't get the power on the header as Tono takes the ball without too many problems.
    • 32' Valencia forcing Racing back. Piatti tackles Bakircioglu, but Racing get the ball deep in their half.
    • 31' Racing back on the attack as the elusive Acosta wins a corner, but Munitis fails to beat the first man with his delivery as Valencia bring it out.
    • 30' Pablo dinks the ball to back post. Rami tries desperately to get there only to nod wide of the goal.
    • 29' Diop with a handball on the edge of the box from Piatti's ball and the home team earn themselves a free-kick. Diop booked.
    • 28' Soldado just fails to connect with a high swerving ball into the area from Bruno. Lovely ball, but decent defending by the green shirts.
    • 27' Adrian goes in late on Banega as Valencia earn a free-kick in the Racing half.
    • 26' Valencia trying to get their passing game going, but they continue to get so far up the park before the visiting team break up the play.
    • 25' Costa on a run down the left for the home side, but the cross is poor as it flies behind for a goalkick to Racing.
    • 24' A sore one for Tono as Piatti contested a high ball. 50-50 ball, but the Racing keeper came off worse.
    • 23' Alvaro hauls Soldado to the ground. Sticking to him there like super glue, but no booking.
    • 22' This was the venue for the Spanish Cup final last season when Real beat Barcelona. Bit quieter tonight, especially with the home side trailing.
    • 21' Soldado rising to win a header in the visiting area from Piatti's cross, but ball is wide. The big forward appeals for a corner, but the referee is right on the spot to say no.
    • 20' Racing boss Hector Cuper looking on from the touchline. He would dearly love a win over his old club this evening. On course for it so far.
    • 19' Bakircioglu a yard or two wide of the goal with the free-kick. Fine swerving effort, but misses the target.
    • 18' Booking for Banega for a blatant body check on Acosta. Free-kick to Racing.
    • 17' Banega with a flighted free-kick to the back post, but Piatti hits the outside of the post with a volley. So close again for the home side.
    • 16' Bruno dashes to the edge of the visiting box before crossing for Soldado to wallop a shot over the bar. So close, but no goal.
    • 15' Pablo throws over a lovely cross after driving to the by-line, but Soldado nods past the goal with a header. Valencia looking for a quickfire leveller.
    • 14' Arana with the ball into the box for Acosta after Racing's defence was left exposed. On we go. Home fans shocked.
    • 13' GOAL!! Acosta slides the ball under Vicente and Racing have the lead. What a turnaround in this match.
    • 12' Some fine play by Bruno down the right, but Valencia give the ball away and the visitors can break..
    • 11' Osmar with a late challenge on Piatti, but the referee doesn't want to know.
    • 10' Soldado keeps the ball well before Banega chops down a green shirt in the Racing half.
    • 9' Rami coming across to do some defending with Acosta again threatening. Racing looking bright up front with Acosta and Munitis moving well.
    • 8' Banega tries to get a move going from the middle of the park, but his chipped ball is cut out and Racing can break.
    • 7' Soldado has scored at both ends now in this match. The home fans a bit stunned by that moment.
    • 6' GOAL!! Racing equalise!! Soldado heads into his own net from Bakircioglu's corner. Would you believe it? We are level at 1-1.
    • 5' Costa over to make a fine challenge on Acosta as the home defence goes to sleep. Corner to the visiting side.
    • 4' Acosta taken out late by Costa and a free-kick chance for Racing, but straight into the arms of Vicente in the home goal.
    • 3' First real attack of the night and a goal for the home side. Valencia looking comfortable on the ball at the moment.
    • 2' GOAL!! Soldado scores for Valencia!! Pablo's shot spilled by Tono and the striker falls up to slide the ball home. Dream start for Valencia.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one. La Liga kicks off for another season.
    • 18.55 Teams out on the pitch. Valencia in white and Racing in green.
    • 18.50 Teams: Valencia: Gualta, Saltor, Rami, Topal, Pablo, Benega, Alba, Costa, Soldado, Piatti, Bernat..////Racing Santander: Tono, Francis, Osmar, Torrejon, Cisma, Diop, Colsa, Bakircioglu, Munitis, Edu, Acosta
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Valencia v Racing Santander from the Mestalla in the opening week of La Liga.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Valencia CF

    Manager: Unai Emery

  • Racing Santander

    Manager: Héctor Cúper

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