Jasper Cillessen receives guard of honor for Copa del Rey despite losing in the final last season while representing Barcelona.
Jasper Cillessen joined Barcelona in 2016. He served them as a back up to Marc-Andre ter Stegan. Cillessen was mostly used in the Copa Del Rey and played only one league game last season. The Dutch Shot stopper left the Catalian Giants this summer to join Valencia in search of more game time.
Jasper Cillessen receives guard of honor for Copa del Rey
Valencia are the reining holders of the Copa Del Rey. It is for this reason that they received a guard if honor from Real Sociedad in their first game of the season. However, it made for an awkward moment with new recruit Cillessen who represented Barcelona in the final last season. Valencia won the match 2-1 and despite being on the losing end, Cillessen was also one of the recipients of the honor.
Valencia players including Cillessen got GOH as Valencia won Copa del Rey, the same tournament Cillessen lost with Barça. pic.twitter.com/Mof0Lf4Lx6
— Blaugrana Realm (@Blaugranarealm) August 18, 2019
Unfortunately for Valencia, the guard of honor was the only good that happened for them on the day. They were taken to their limits by Sociedad. However, Valencia found the lead after an hour into the match.
They were then given an opportunity to double the lead but their striker failed to convert a penalty. To make matters worse Francis Coquelin was sent off 10 minutes into injury time for a handball in his own area. Mikel Oyarzabal converted the late spot kick past the new keeper.
This ensured that both teams would walk home with a point in their bag. Not the kind of start Cillessen would have desired at his new home. However, at least he is getting the game time he desired. And a guard of honor as a bonus.
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