A WONDERFUL atmosphere at the Estadi de Mestalla set the stage for an interesting encounter between Valencia and Milan for the Trofeo Naranja. The first half was entertaining with both sides playing nicely but also making a lot of mistakes which also led to goals. In the 18′ minute, Cristian Zapata made a blunder, passing the ball to Paco Alcácer by mistake around the half-pitch line; the Spanish attacker took the shot from distance and found Diego Lopez off his line, scoring a sensational long-range goal. In the 28′ minute, Keisuke Honda showed he’s also capable of scoring wonderful goals as he sent the ball to the back of the net from a free kick, making it 1-1. Milan were a mess defensively throughout the game and in the 38′ minute Rodrigo was very smart to beat Milan’s defenders; the former Benfica man took a shot to the close corner which was closer to Lopez who still couldn’t save it. The second-half was more pre-season-y, with the pace slower and less chances. There were some memorable moments, though – including two extremely poor corners taken by Honda and a miss by Jeremy Menez. Inzaghi has a lot to do before the start of the season – the defense is bad, the midfield is slow and confused and the attack predictable. Another loss.
Valencia: Diego Alves (58′ Yoel); Vezo (58′ Mustafi), Barragan, Otamendi, Gaya (58′ Orban); Piatti (53′ Feghouli), Javi Fuego, Parejo (80′ Roberto), Andre Gomes (80′ Guardado); Rodrigo (80′ Gil), Alcacer (53′ De Paul). Unused: Domenech, Joao Pereira, Araujo. Coach: Nuno Esperito Santo.
Milan: Diego Lopez; Abate (82′ Mexes), Bonera, Zapata (61′ Alex), Albertazzi (71′ Armero); Poli (71′ Mastalli), Cristante, Muntari (71′ Essien); Honda, Pazzini (71′ Menez), El Shaarawy. Unused: Abbiati, Agazzi, Zaccardo, Modic, Pinato, Mastour. Coach: Filippo Inzaghi.