Valencia 2-2 Real Valladolid: Valencia escape from Alcatraz
Real Valladolid right-back Alcatraz had the game under lock and key with an assist and a goal for his team, as well as solid defensive work. Valencia managed to haul their way back from behind twice, with Feghouli getting the second equaliser, late in the second half.
In just the fourth minute of play, Barragán won Valencia a penalty. Real Valladolid keeper Mariño came out of his goal, took the Valencia right-back down and the referee had no choice but point to the spot. Mariño was shown a yellow card, but arguably, was very lucky to stay on the pitch. Banega strode up to take the penalty, but managed to balloon it over the crossbar! A double escape for Real Valladolid.
Just to make matters worse for Valencia, against the run of play, Real Valladolid took the lead in the 9th minute. Alcatraz getting forward well on the overlap, crossing from the right and Guerra applying the headed finish, having lost his marker.
Though Valencia were clearly dominating possession of the ball, they couldn’t find a way through the stout defending of Real Valladolid and the fans were starting to get restless. A free-kick presented the home side with their next opportunity on goal, but Parejo was just off-target, with the ball whizzing just over the crossbar in the 20th minute. A moment later, Banega couldn’t make the most of a good Valencia opening, with another chance off-target.
The pressure kept coming though and after an excellent strike from Banega was well saved by Mariño in the 27th minute, Valencia did manage to pull themselves back on level terms in the 29th minute. Just as he’d done at Getafe, Pabón unleashed a speculative shot miles from goal, which just caught a glancing deflection off a Real Valladolid player, but enough to wrong-foot Mariño and fly into the back of the net.
Mariño was continually thwarting all Valencia efforts that came his way from that point though, with the Real Valladolid keeper first flicking out a boot to deny Alcácer in the 34th minute, then another powerful effort by Pabón from range, in the 37th minute.
Real Valladolid were forced back into their own half as Valencia relentlessly pressed to put themselves in the lead, but the visitors managed to survive until the half-time interval.
As the teams came out for the second half, clearly Djukic hadn’t been impressed with the wayward shooting of Banega in the first half. He was replaced by Canales. He quickly displayed more accurate shooting ability with a shot on-target for Valencia in the 48th minute, but unfortunately for him, straight into the hands of Mariño.
When they had been looking for some fresh impetus, a defensive mistake from Mathieu cost Valencia another setback. A poor clearance by the Frenchman was picked up by Real Valladolid right-back Alcatraz, who curled a good finish past Guaita in the 50th minute.
Valencia surged forward again, just as they had in the first-half, throwing wave after wave of attacks against the stubbornly resistant defence of Real Valladolid. Canales fired over in the 53rd minute, before Valencia won a free-kick just outside the area. Parejo stepped up once more and having been a fraction over in the first-half, this time he was desperately unlucky, with his strike smashing back off the crossbar in the 56th minute. Mathieu on the follow-up, unable to do anything more than divert the ball wide of goal.
Djukic still clearly wasn’t impressed with what he was seeing from the touchline. In the 57th minute, on came Feghouli for Piatti. Valencia still poured forward, looking for the equaliser, but with the game opening up more, Real Valladolid almost caught them on the break, but Sastre couldn’t do better than fire over.
Looking for more power in attack, Djukic made his final change of the game, with Postiga on for Alcácer in the 73rd minute and Valencia continued to press forward. Pabón came close in the 75th minute with a header just over the crossbar. Feghouli did hit the target though in the following minute, after great work from Canales and Valencia were back on level terms.
Valencia should have quickly taken the lead in the 78th minute, with another good combination from the pair who had brought the equaliser. Canales broke past his marker on the left, fired the ball into the box, but Pabón couldn’t steer his header on target. Sensing the game slipping away from his team, Real Valladolid manager Juan Ignacio Martínez immediately made his first change of the game, with Rama on for Bergdich. His side were still being forced back into their own half though and in the 78th minute, a second change for Real Valladolid, with Osorio on for Larsson in the 82nd minute.
Osorio was immediately involved with a volley from point-blank range and were it not for a marvellous save by Valencia keeper Guaita, the home side would have slipped behind with only seven minutes left to play. Another chance came for Real Valladolid in the 85th minute and again, Guaita was solid between the posts, tipping a long-range effort from Álvaro Rubio, wide for a corner. That would be the last action for Rubio though, as JIM made his final change, with Baraja his replacement.
Into injury time with play swinging in both directions and neither team apparently content with a draw. Guaita again denying Real Valladolid’s late hurrah, saving a shot from Osorio. Ricardo Costa forward for Valencia, but heading into the side netting. The deadlock wasn’t to be broken and a point each was the final share of the spoils.
Valencia 2-2 Real Valladolid
Referee: Delgado Ferreiro
Valencia XI: Guaita, Barragán, R.Costa, Mathieu, Bernat; Fuego, Parejo; Banega (46′), Pabón, Piatti (57′); Alcácer (73′).
Goals: Pabón (29′), Feghouli (76′)
Subs: Canales (46′), Feghouli (57′), Postiga (73′)
Real Valladolid XI: Mariño; Alcatraz, Rueda, Valiente, Peña; Álvaro Rubio (87′), Sastre; Rossi, Bergdich (78′), Larsson (82′); Guerra .
Goals: Guerra (9′), Alcatraz (50′)
Subs: Rama (78′), Osorio (82′), Baraja (87′)
Yellow Cards: Mariño (3′), Rueda (54′), Rossi (63′), Sastre (69′)