Mestalla chanted the name of Baraja before starting. He pipo, Che legend, applauded enthusiastically while using his arms to return the love and encourage the masses a little more. His return to Mestalla, more than 12 years later, was like his farewell, through the big door. shuffle was given a breather for the greats against Real. Valencia, in the Valladolid’s debut as coach in what was his home, He hunted the first victory of 2023. After six consecutive defeats (five in the League and one in the Cup), the black and white group showed its head thanks to a balsamic triumph, in a victory that allowed him to sleep out of the relegation zone.
La Real disappointed in their time at Mestalla. Not a trace of the brave and talented team of Imanol Alguacil. Take Kubo and Brais Méndez, handcuffed by Baraja’s plan, barely showed up. La Real, settled in the Champions zone, lost due to a Zubeldia goal at his own goal. The goal for Valencia came from an accident, but they did deserve to win. To the black and white painting it was enough for them to show themselves as an orderly team and run against it, very much from the Baraja book, from that style in which pipo He shone leading the midfield when he was wearing shorts.
The first half left hardly any chances. Diego Rico and Oyarzabal tested Mamardashvili with long shots. Yunus tried with another high shot. He was dying the party in the first act until Lino ran the band and his pass to the heart of the area was finished off by Zubeldia in his goal. Valencia had the game where they wanted.
La Real was forced to go for the crash. The ché group, in one of its cons, found a penalty from Sola to Hugo Duro, indicated by the referee and rectified by the VAR. The striker dropped. Le Normand, at the exit of a corner, was able to equalize the game, but he found the goalkeeper che. Lino and Vázquez had the 2-0 and calm, although they did not hit the mark. Mestalla did not care. Baraja, his idol, made him smile again.
Eray Cömert (45′, Gabriel Paulista), Alex Sola (45′, Ander Barrenetxea), Aihen Munoz (62′, Diego Rico), Thierry Correa (62′, Samu Castillejo), Carlos Fernandez (72′, Takefusa Kubo), Asier Illarramendi (72′, Brais Mendez), Jesus Vazquez (76′, Toni Lato), Ilaix Moriba (77′, Yunus Musah), Cenk Özkacar (90′, Andre Almeida)
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
VAR referee: José Luis González González, Valentín Pizarro Gómez
Martin Zubimendi (3′,Yellow) foulquier (10′,Yellow) Diego Rico (35′,Yellow) Yunus Musah (44′,Yellow) Samu Castillejo (54′,Yellow) lato (66′,Yellow) Mamardashvili (68′,Yellow) Carlos Fernandez (95′,Yellow) Gabriel Paulista (95′,Yellow)