The Valencia he took the derby to the I raised in a meeting in which the initiative was shared in the first period, but in which the local superiority after the rest dictated sentence. The key was in the quick reaction of the locals to Carlos Soler's own goal at quarter-hour of the restart, with two goals that allowed a comfortable final match for the locals before a Levante who struggled to score again, but He barely had opportunities.
With this victory, the Mestalla team maintains its aspirations to reach the goal of attacking the fourth place in the League to get into the Champions, while the Levantinists get into the group of the struggle for permanence.
The 1-0 came in the second minute of the match (1'38 ") in a center Guedes from the left that Mine He nodded to the net and gave way to an intense and fast-paced first half with numerous opportunities to score by both teams. This dynamic was especially noticeable in the first half hour of the match, in which the clash could have had more goals. Levante had its best chance in an action of Roger that dismantled Net and Valencia had several approaches to the goal of Aitor.
The quick reaction to Carlos Soler's own goal was key in the triumph
Levante had more possession of the ball than the local team and tried to create play in the opposite field in their intention to balance the match, which left spaces for the team Marcelino García Toral look for the second goal on the counterattack. The injury of Piccini, which interrupted the match a couple of minutes and led to his substitution Coquelin, the meeting varied slightly, since Valencia took the ball and in the final minutes of the first period was closer 2-0 than 1-1.
Among the various options of the Valencian team was one in which Coke avoided in goal near the goal line after 37 minutes of play after a shot from Cheryshev. It was a very disputed first half, in which nobody left anything and in which it was clear the value of the points at this point of the League for one and another team.
Already in the final minutes of the first half, the team Paco López He had introduced positional changes in the defense and kept them in place in the second period, when Valencia started to have more of the ball than in the first half. However, a corner thrown by Rochina was sent to goal in own door by Carlos Soler shortly before the quarter hour of game.
It only took a minute for the Valencia player to recover from the error. He did it with a great pass to Guedes, who restored the home advantage by putting the 2-1 on the score of a great cross shot shortly before a new local attack ended with a new goal, this time with a shot from Mina after an action of Soler.
With two goals of advantage in the score, something to which Valencia is not used, the team was comfortable and had room to go out on the counterattack before the advance of lines of the Levantist team. Marcelino retired Equal, who was ovation, but Valencia was fluid in the game and firm defense, so he had some option to expand the scoreboard, against a Levante who did not give up, but had problems to make danger to the goal of Neto.
Valencia, 3 - Levante, 1
Valencia: Neto, Piccini (Coquelin, m.32), Garay, Gabriel Paulista, Gayà, Carlos Soler, Wass, Parejo (Gameiro, m.71), Cheryshev, Santi Mina and Guedes (Kang In Lee, m.78).
I raised: Aitor Fernandez, Jason, Cabaco, Vezo, Coke, Luna (Moses, m.68), Rober Pier, Campaign, Rochina (Bardhi, m.77), Roger (Borja Mayoral, m.68) and Morales.
Goals: 1-0, m.2: Santi Mina. 1-1, m.56: Carlos Soler in his own goal. 2-1, m.58: Guedes. 3-1, m.64: Santi Mina.
Referee: Undiano Mallenco (Navarre committee). He sent Carlos Soler and Kang In Lee through Valencia and Levante to Borja Mayoral and Cabaco.
Incidents: match played in Mestalla against 42,120 spectators.