Valencia boss Neville selects four U19 starlets in Europa League squad

Gary Neville has rewarded four of Valencia’s Under 19 stars who controversially lost to Chelsea U19s in the UEFA Youth League, by calling them up to the first-team squad.

Valencia travel to Austria to face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night for the second leg of their round of 32 tie.

Leading 6-0 from the first leg, Valencia boss Neville has decided to promote some of their rising talents to the squad, just two days after the Under 19s defeat at Chelsea.

Mariano Konyk, Fran Villalba, Tropi, Lato and Rafa Mir (left-right) have travelled with Valencia to Rapid Vienna

Gary Neville has called the quintuplet up to his Valencia first-team squad for Thursday’s Europa League tie

Valencia assistant manager Phil Neville (bottom left) posted this picture of the squad in Vienna on Thursday

Mariano Konyk (right) along with Fran Villalba, Lato and Rafa Mir played in Valencia’s U19s defeat at Chelsea

Chelsea U19s celebrate after controversially knocking Valencia out on penalties in the UEFA Youth League

Valencia-based paper leads with this story on the front page of their publication on Thursday.

Mariano Konyk, Fran Villalba, Lato and Rafa Mir are the quartet chosen, along with B-team midfielder Tropi, as Super Deporte writes ‘Neville rewards the effort of the boys after the robbery of London and takes four to Vienna plus Tropi.’

Konyk, Villalba, Lato and Mir all started Tuesday’s U19 encounter where Chelsea made it through to the last eight of the UEFA Youth League via a contentious penalty shootout. 


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UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE MATCH FACTS Chelsea: Collins; Aina, Tomori, Clarke-Salter (c), Chalobah (Colkett 63); Ali, Scott; Palmer; Maddox (Mount 83), Abraham, DaSilva

Substitutes not used: Baxter (GK); Quintero, Christie-Davies, Colley, Sammut

Scorer: DaSilva 44

Booked: Chalobah, Collins, Clarke-Salter, Aina, Palmer

Valencia: Sivera; Ferris, Konyk, Badal, Lato; Gomez Martin (c), Soler, Fran Villalba (Villar 65); Mir, A. Martinez, Sito (I. Martinez 46)

Substitutes not used: Pena (GK); Reig, Prados, Llamas, Gil

Scorer: Soler pen 45

Booked: Ferris, Badal, Lato

Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (Switzerland) 


The fuss was over Valencia’s first penalty after the scores had ended 1-1 in normal time. Alberto Gil’s kick appeared to come back off the inside of the post but television replays showed the ball clearly crossed the line then bounced back off a stanchion.

Despite furious protests by the Valencia goalkeeper Antonio Sivera, Gil and his colleagues, referee Adrien Jaccottet and his assistant – somehow – failed to award the goal. Chelsea then dispatched five perfect penalties to triumph 5-3.

But the Spanish side were left distraught, with players and coaching staff, some of whom having seen the replays, confronting the officials.

Valencia announced on Tuesday evening they would be making an appeal to UEFA.

And Super Deporte adds that they will find out their verdict on February 29 as they demand ‘Justice!’.

Noting the U19 incident on Tuesday, Neville took to Twitter to call it ‘scandalous’.

On TV replays this Valencia U19s penalty appears to go well over the line but the goal was not awarded 

Here’s the penalty that went over the line for Valencia U19s but wasn’t awarded by the referee against Chelsea

Valencia’s Alberto Gil runs up to take a penalty in a UEFA Youth League contest with Chelsea at Cobham 

Gil fires in a well taken penalty during the UEFA Youth League last 16 contest after the sides finished at 1-1

The penalty from Gil launches into the bottom left hand corner but to Valencia’s frustration it didn’t count

The Valencia players were incensed that the penalty was not given on route to a 5-3 shootout defeat 

Valencia manager Neville took to Twitter after the match to vent his disbelief in the manner RELATED ARTICLES

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