Albacete forgave an ineffective Real Valladolid, which did not shoot on goal until the 91st minute, with a header from Negredo, and focused more on the defensive aspect, preventing the team of La Mancha to go further.
With only one change in their ranks compared to the previous day, the natives of Valladolid and Albacete were taken to the pitch of José Zorrilla who was well known by the visiting coach Rubén Albés, who returned to the home of his former club in for two seasons.
And the Blanquivioletas are looking for “revenge” for the first round match, where they lost 2-0 away from home. But they didn’t come out with much intensity and, despite this, Amath broke through from the left wing, with a cross that Iván Sánchez already connected with.
In the first moments, Pezzolano’s team knew how to control the middle of the field and possession of the ball. The rival is almost without the ball but, when it comes to them, they are more vertical, with Agus Medina as a prominent actor.
Masip kept his shot from being rewarded and, almost without a break, Juanma tried it on the next play, although his shot was too weak and the Catalan goalkeeper took no pains to stop it.
Real Valladolid did not offer a spectacle. No rhythm, no attacking ideas, with too predictable plays and no production. There is nothing beyond, so the party becomes a kind of black hole.
They needed a boost after the break, which was initially 0-0, after a first half where nothing was played. But none of the technicians made changes after the restart.
The first to move the chips was Albés, who brought in Higinio and Quiles, although the Uruguayan coach did not take long to do the same, betting on Moro and the newcomer Negredo. More offensive bite for both squads.
This translated into greater danger for Albacete, who had two clear chances to open the scoring. The first, from Higinio, who lost one on one to Masip, and the second from Manu Fuster, who was alone in front of the Catalan goalkeeper, but he blocked the shot again.
The people from Valladolid were still not comfortable on the pitch against a fiercely fighting Albacete, who prevented Real Valladolid from shooting on goal. And so, the three points hardly add up.
None came, and if there was a goal, it seemed to come from Albés, but Blanquivioleta’s defense was good, so the match ended on the same score where it started.
Juan Antonio Ros5
Source: La Verdad
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