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Monday, 12 April 2010 05:36

Manuel Fernandes scores own goal, sent off in Valencia defeat

Mallorca 3-2 Valencia

It was a disastrous weekend for Portugal World Cup hopeful Manuel Fernandes in Spain, with the former Benfica man putting through his own net and later being sent off as Valencia crashed to defeat at Mallorca on Sunday evening.

Fernandes was once again deployed in central defence due to injuries, but Valencia boss Unai Emery was left to count the cost of the decision as the 24-year-old made two crucial errors in a defeat that follows the club’s elimination from the Europa League in midweek. Meanwhile, captain Jose Nunes continued at the back for the Islanders.

Valencia had managed to get themselves back into the game in the second half, having gone 2-0 down inside 22 minutes to goals from Gonzalo Castro and Webo. Jordi Alba halved the deficit just two minutes into the second period, but the first of Fernandes’ double-mistake would see Mallorca’s two-goal advantage restored.

In attempting to intercept a dangerous cross into the box from Castro on the left flank, Fernandes turned the ball past Cesar in the Valencia goal in the 64th minute. Despite the setback, Valencia did manage to pull a goal back four minutes from time when Pablo Hernandez scored.

However, Fernandes was again in the centre of the action two minutes later when the frustrated Portuguese hacked down Aduriz in an off-the-ball foul, and was promptly dismissed. The red card means Fernandes will miss next weekend’s match with high-flying Athletic Bilbao at the Mestalla.

By Sean Gillen

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