Va­len­cia con­cedes late against Val­ladolid, held at home again

Span­ish foot­ball

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Va­len­cia was held at home again, con­ced­ing late to rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Val­ladolid in a 1-1 draw in the Span­ish league yes­ter­day, adding pres­sure on em­bat­tled coach Marcelino.

As has hap­pened of­ten this sea­son, Va­len­cia played well and had plenty of chances of putting the game away, in­clud­ing with a penalty kick, but it wasted most of them yet again.

This time, a free kick by Ruben Al­caraz in the 82nd minute cost Va­len­cia the home vic­tory af­ter Dani Parejo opened the scor­ing about 10 min­utes ear­lier.

Striker Ro­drigo's penalty in the 54th was saved by Val­ladolid goal­keeper Jordi Masip, who also stopped for­ward Santi Mina's close-range at- tempt off the re­bound. Santi Mina also missed an open-net chance later in the sec­ond half.

It was the sev­enth draw in 10 home games for Va­len­cia in the league, and 11th over­all in 19 league matches. With only four wins, Va­len­cia sits 10th in the stand­ings.

Val­ladolid, which barely got near Va­len­cia's goal at Mestalla Sta­dium, cel­e­brated the draw, but it ex­tended the team's win­less streak to five matches in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Va­len­cia was com­ing off a loss to sec­ond-divi­sion club Sport­ing Gi­jon in the Copa del Rey, a re­sult that prompted in­creased calls for Marcelino's fir­ing.

It re­mained un­clear whether he would still be in charge on Tues­day for the Copa sec­ond leg against Sport­ing.

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