Vietto steals the show as Valencia reach quarter finals – Copa del Rey Round UpJanuary 9, 2018
Luciano Vietto was the Valencia hero as he scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 win over Las Palmas, helping secure Los Che’s place in the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey.
With the match level at 1-1 from last week’s first leg, Valencia had the edge with an away goal scored by Rodrigo in Gran Canaria and Las Palmas knew they had to score.
The Yellows contained Valencia well for the first half an hour of the game but after Simone Zaza’s close range header had been saved, Vietto was on hand to fire the ball into the roof of the net.
Starting the second half, the requirements hadn’t changed for Las Palmas with them still needing to score to force extra time.
But they couldn’t have started the half any worse as Valencia doubled their lead on the night just three minutes in.
The ball was played in from the right to Vietto at the front post and the forward took the ball in his stride before producing a deft chip to dink the ball over Raul Lizoain into the corner of the net to give the hosts some breathing space.
The goals got better from Valencia with Nemanja Maksimovic scoring number three to kill off the tie.
Dani Castellano had done well to dispossess Andreas Pereira but his clearance went straight to the feet of Maksimovic who took a touch before unleashing a rocket of a shot into the far top corner giving Lizoain no chance.
The best came in the 66th minute however as Vietto completed his hat-trick. Dani Parejo gave him the ball and the Argentine saw the keeper off his line, allowing him to have a go from 46 yards with the ball sailing into the back of the net.
The 4-0 scoreline was probably harsh on Las Palmas who gave it a good go but ultimately Valencia were the better side and became the second team into the last eight.
That was because in the early kick off, Atletico Madrid had comfortably disposed off Segunda B side Lleida Esportiu as expected, with goals from Yannick Carrasco, Kevin Gameiro and Vitolo securing a 3-0 win.
There were few chances in the first half with the best of them falling to Atleti defender Lucas Hernandez who saw his header come back off the post before his rebound was deflected to safety.
Los Rojiblancos did open the scoring just before the hour mark however, Carrasco slamming home after great build up play by Diego Costa.
Number two came on 74 minutes when Angel Correa showed great close control to run the ball along the byline before cutting back for Gameiro to tap home from close range.
Vitolo got his first goal for the club when he latched onto a long ball and fired past Diego Rivas at his near post.
Lleida came close to a late consolation as Jorge Felix saw his shot from the edge of the area come crashing off the post but there would be no repeat of their heroics in the last round against Real Sociedad as Atleti made the quarter finals.
Atletico Madrid 3-0 Lleida Esportiu (Agg 7-0)
Valencia 4-0 Las Palmas (Agg 5-1)