Spanish La Liga
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Valencia 3-1 Atletico Madrid

Valencia celebrate

Valencia continued their unbeaten start to the league season with a resounding victory over champions Atletico Madrid.

The hosts raced into a 3-0 lead inside the first 13 minutes at the Mestalla.

Atletico centre-back Miranda scored an own-goal, Andre Gomes produced a fine run and finish and Nicolas Otamendi nodded in at a corner.

Mario Mandzukic reduced the deficit but Guilherme Siqueira's penalty miss and Alessio Cerci's red card completed a sorry day for the visitors.

Diego Alves

When Mandzukic headed in after Tiago Cardoso's strike was parried, Atletico had a lifeline.

And when they were awarded a penalty one minute before half-time for handball against Jose Gaya they had an opportunity to go in only one goal behind.

But Siqueira's weak effort was saved by Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves, who has now kept out 13 of the 27 penalties he has faced in La Liga.

Atletico, 1-0 victors over Juventus in the Champions League in midweek, pushed hard to get back into the game but rarely tested Alves in the second half.

Atletico's Italy winger Cerci was sent off in stoppage time when he picked up a second yellow card for controlling the ball with his arm before putting it into the net.

Diego Simeone's side slip to third in the league on 14 points and can be overtaken by Real Madrid, Sevilla and Celta Vigo if those sides all win on Sunday.

"We made errors that we don't normally make and they made the most of it to put themselves 3-0 up," said Simeone.

"But after that we played a good game and I'm proud of how my players worked and ran.

"We showed that we are a great team. If you have to lose, lose with dignity, with hard work, playing and running."

Meanwhile, Valencia said they will "do everything in our power" to identify and ban supporters who threw objects at Atletico's bus before the match.

Line-ups

Valencia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alves Carreira
  • 19Barragán
  • 5Mustafi
  • 23Otamendi
  • 31GayaBooked at 90mins
  • 10ParejoBooked at 58mins
  • 18Fuego MartínezBooked at 74mins
  • 21André GomesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAugustoat 71'minutes
  • 17Rodrigo
  • 9AlcácerSubstituted forFeghouliat 75'minutes
  • 11PiattiSubstituted forOrbanat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Cancelo
  • 4Augusto
  • 6Orban
  • 8Feghouli
  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 20de Paul
  • 22Gil

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 18Gámez
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 3Siqueira
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 5Cardoso MendesSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 72'minutes
  • 10TuranSubstituted forJiménezat 69'minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forCerciat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Koke
  • 9Mandzukic

Substitutes

  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 17Saúl
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 22Cerci
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
Referee:
Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
Attendance:
44,000

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home6
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home23
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Valencia CF 3, Atlético de Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Valencia CF 3, Atlético de Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Guillherme Siqueira is caught offside.

  4. Booking

    José Gayá (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Jesús Gámez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by José Gayá (Valencia CF).

  7. Post update

    Offside, Valencia CF. Sofiane Feghouli tries a through ball, but Rodrigo is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Valencia CF. José Gayá tries a through ball, but Rodrigo is caught offside.

  9. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Alessio Cerci (Atlético de Madrid) for hand ball.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Alessio Cerci (Atlético de Madrid).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alessio Cerci (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Gámez.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Lucas Orban.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gabi with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by José Gayá.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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Saturday 4th October 2014

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