Valencia secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad in Match Day 23 of La Liga, thanks to I. Zubeldia’s 40th minute goal. Both teams had their chances throughout the match, but it was Valencia who managed to capitalize on theirs and snatch the win. I. Zubeldia’s lone goal proved to be enough as Valencia held on for the victory despite Real Sociedad’s late onslaught. It was an intense match that showed just how competitive La Liga can be and Valencia will be delighted with their hard-fought three points.
Giorgi Mamardashvili (rating 7.2)
Álex Remiro (rating 6.9)
E. Comert (Gabriel Paulista, 46)
A. Sola (A. Barrenetxea, 46)
The match between Valencia and Real Sociedad was a tightly contested affair, with Real Sociedad having the majority of ball possession with 63%. Valencia made 8 shots on target, but only 3 of them went into the goal. Mouctar Diakhaby was the most active for Valencia in terms of number of shots. On the other hand, Real Sociedad made 11 shots on target and 3 of those reached their target. Mikel Oyarzabal was most successful for Real Sociedad in terms of hits on goal. In the end it was a hard-fought battle that ended with a draw.
André Almeida of Valencia had a pass accuracy of 82% over 29 total passes, while Robin Le Normand of Real Sociedad had an impressive 90% accuracy over 72 total passes. Almeida also contributed 2 key passes, while Takefusa Kubo of Real Sociedad added 3 more to their team’s tally.
Valencia and Real Sociedad have been competing in the top tier of Spanish football this season, and it appears that their defensive records are similarly impressive. Both teams have recorded a total of 5 interceptions, with Eray Cömert leading Valencia’s tally with 2, while Ander Barrenetxea has the most for Real Sociedad at 1. Valencia are also slightly ahead in terms of successful tackles, managing 4 to Real Sociedad’s 3. Dimitri Foulquier is credited with the highest individual number for Valencia at 1, followed by Diego Rico who has made 1 for Real Sociedad.
Hugo Duro and Mikel Merino are proving to be the leaders of their respective teams when it comes to fighting for the ball. Hugo Duro has 12 face-to-face fights for the ball while playing for Valencia, while Mikel Merino tops that with 14 face-to-face fights for Real Sociedad. These two players are showing why they are so important to their teams by being willing to do whatever it takes to win the ball.
- D. Foulquier (Valencia) at 11 minute
- Y. Musah (Valencia) at 45 minute
- S. Castillejo (Valencia) at 55 minute
- T. Lato (Valencia) at 67 minute
- G. Mamardashvili (Valencia) at 69 minute
- Gabriel Paulista (Valencia) at 90 minute
- M. Zubimendi (Real Sociedad) at 4 minute
- D. Rico (Real Sociedad) at 36 minute
- C. Fernandez (Real Sociedad) at 90 minute
The last five games (including this match):
- Valencia – WLLLL
- Real Sociedad – LDWLD
Top 5 La Liga scorers:
- Robert Lewandowski (15, Barcelona)
- Joselu (11, Espanyol)
- Karim Benzema (11, Real Madrid)
- Vedat Muriqi (10, Mallorca)
- Iago Aspas (9, Celta Vigo)
- Valencia will play with Barcelona. March 05 at 15:15 (UTC), on Spotify Camp Nou.
- Real Sociedad will play with Cadiz. March 03 at 20:00 (UTC), on Reale Arena.