Kondogbia relieves Eibar and complicates Europe for Valencia

Valencia, which still has not won as a visitor in 2020, suffers a setback in its fight to play in Europe. The Gipuzkoans achieved their first victory after the league restart.


EI Eibar took a giant step in the fight for permanence by defeating a disappointing Valencia, who almost did not create danger in Ipurua and lost with a goal in Kondogbia's own goal. Seventh day without winning outside Celades, who has already overcome Neville in this blur. Since December they suffer with travel and the Champions League seriously departs. They fought to the end thanks to Cillessen, who avoided a broader victory for the Catalans. The people from Gipuzkoa deservedly achieved their first victory after the league restart with great suffering and much suffering

The Barça coach, José Luis Mendilibar -he saw the game from the stands when he was penalized-, made six changes with respect to the team that tied with Getafe (1-1) at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez; while the white coach, Albert Celades, made four variations compared to the starting eleven that he beat Osasuna (2-0) at Mestalla. The Eibarreses, with a 4-4-2, took advantage of the rain that fell on Thursday in Gipuzkoa lands to play with speed on a wet lawn, where the ball slid easily. They did it, as usual, with an advanced defense and a pressure on the rival very high, attacking on the left wing, with Fabián Orellana (highly motivated against his former team) and José Ángel 'Cote' creating danger; Meanwhile, Valencia, also with a 4-4-2, acted withdrawn and waiting to play against, with Guedes and Rodrigo of stilettos above.

Kike García was the first to try his luck, but his shot was caught by Cillessen. Eibar continued to overwhelm Valencia and on a corner kick from Pedro León, who scored at his own goal was Kondogbia, who made it 1-0 by hitting the wrong foot with his left foot, entering the ball in his goal. Comrade Cillessen, who could not do anything. With the score against, the 'ché' went ahead, and Gayá (the best visitor in the first half) was able to tie, although his low shot went away.

The duel began to be a 'give and take' of both contestants attractive to the viewer (since the meeting behind closed doors there were only spectators in the Ipurua towers) with a local team trying to increase their income and the visitor trying to achieve the boards. Another winger answered, the Barça player Rober Correa, whose shot was caught by Cillessen. More danger was a cross shot by Ferrán Torres, who ended in a corner. They also tried their luck before the break, the locals Orellana (stopped Cillessen), Charles (finished high), and Pedro León (headed the ball over the crossbar) .

After leaving the locker room, the Levantines left determined to look for a good result that continues to give them options to play in Europe next season. But Eibar was not far behind, so again the game was very 'open', since everything could happen. However, Pedro León and Edu Expósito shot from the edge of the area, but their shots hit in two rivals and ended in a corner. Again Rober Correo tried again, but Gayá threw himself to the ground to send the ball out of bounds. José Ángel 'Cote' was also able to increase his advantage on a free kick, but was cleared by the goalkeeper 'ché' when the goal was already called. The sample of the Barça burden was the fact that Eibar launched seven corner kicks in the first 17 minutes of the second half. Valencia responded with a distant shot from Florenzi, who entered the field as did Gameiro and Cheryshev. Shortly after, Florenzi tried again, but the ball did not find the way to the goal. Later, Rober Correa anticipated Cheryshev in the area in dangerous action. More dangerous was a header from Sergi Enrich (he entered with Cristóforo), who sneaked into the goal, but was avoided by 'in-extremis' Cillessen, the best visitor. Valencia ended up playing with almost all their offensive artillery, Rodrigo, Maxi Gómez, Gameiro and Cheryshev, who finished high. Even in injury time, the goalkeeper joined the attack, but Eibar held the 1-0.

Celades: "It is not a problem of attitude"

Valencia coach Albert Celades appeared resigned for the defeat against Eibar, in a game in which he regretted a stumble that distanced him from the Champions League and denied that his players lacked "attitude" to counter the game of the gunsmiths.

"It is not a problem of attitude, it is always difficult to play here against Eibar, it is something that has happened many times throughout history," Celades said after a meeting in which it was fulfilled that "whoever scores first has more options to win, because there are very few comebacks ".

"We have found the match that you find here, with a brave and brave Eibar that takes you to the limit", summarized Celades, who also said that he returns to Valencia with "a defeat that hurts" .

The Barcelona coach, when he was reminded that his team had not finished off the three poles, acknowledged the problems he had to get the ball from his area, noting that "they tried until the last moment, although it could not be."

"It was very difficult for us with that own goal that has hurt us, but then we played twenty minutes good in the first half and we did create chances of danger. In the second half we did not have those opportunities," observed the Catalan coach.

Celades assured that he was "excited" to achieve a victory that could allow his team "to make a big leap in the classification" and admitted that it is a reality that "things are not going well outside the home" .- EFE

Azkargorta: "This encourages us a lot"

Eibar's second coach, Andoni Azkargorta, who led the match against Valencia due to the sanction against José Luis Mendilibar, sees the permanence closer after a victory that "serves to believe that we can get out from below and to face the next matches very well ".

"We are leaving with good feelings, we came from making good matches but a victory like this was missing and we have also achieved it by playing as we want to be and that encourages us a lot on the way forward," said Azkargorta.

The armourer coach congratulated his players because before a great player like the Valencian team "they did very well", while he valued "some points that represent a very important step forward in search of our goal", repeated Azkargorta.

The physical background of their players has been the key in recent games, also against a Valencia that "demanded a lot and forced a great wear but they ended up whole and pressing them up, which is important."

The coach from Gipuzkoa finally regretted the fifth yellow card to Sergi Enrich, which will prevent him from playing the next league game and that will affect the rotation of his attack players at a time of accumulation of so many games. -EFE



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