Espanyol gives the draw at the last moment to Valencia

Espanyol gave Valencia 2-2 in the 96th minute at the RCDE Stadium for an error by the goalkeeper Álvaro Fernández, that he didn’t catch a lob from Cömert because he thought it was going wide.

The Blue and Whites caressed their first victory of the season at home after coming back from Paulista’s first goal in the 53rd minute. Joselu responded quickly in the 55th minute and Darder completed the comeback in the 85th minute. However, the final stages of the match, with two sent off -Marcos André and Braithwaite-, changed everything.

The host came out with great pressure up front that dislodged Valencia in the first few minutes. Diego Martínez was clear that he did not want to let the rival play. However, Gattuso’s men finally found formulas to circumvent the intense blue and white approach.

In the first ten minutes, Valencia sent two serious warnings and seemed to lead, at least in danger, the exchange of blows. The first, a shot that Cavani could not clearly specify. The second, firmer, was a one-on-one by Samuel Lino that was finally saved by the local goalkeeper in two halves.

Braithwaite responded with another shot, saved by Mamardashvili, in minute 16, although as the pulse progressed the revolutions of both teams dropped. In this scenario, Valencia dominated with more approaches. The locals were not inspired in attack and their movement of the ball was rough.

The second part started with controversy. The Espanyol players claimed a possible hand from Correia in the area, but the VAR did not indicate it. In any case, it was Valencia that finally surprised the parakeets in the 53rd minute on a set piece play.

Paulista finished with a header with precision to the base of the right post after a corner kick and put the 0-1 on the scoreboard. The blue and white response was forceful. On the next play, Joselu received the ball without marking near the apex of the area and delivered a cross whip that crashed into a post and went in.

The earthquake in just two minutes at the RCDE Stadium shook the clash and Espanyol seemed to be the beneficiary, with greater agility and self-confidence in movement and attack. It was another duel and both technicians refreshed their respective outfits to avoid surprises in the decisive stage.

In the 81st minute, Guillamón tested the reflexes of Álvaro Fernández, who stretched and cleared the ball with his right glove. The host had a reply and finished it off in a big way. Darder, from the front of the area in the 85th minute, made it 2-1 and unleashed the parakeet euphoria.

Gattuso god enters a Hugo Duro to try to come back, but the script was complicated with the direct red to Marcos André. When it seemed that there could be no more surprises, Braithwaite was sent off and Álvaro Fernández, after failing to catch a first shot from Nico, reacted in time and cleared the ball over the line.

There was still more to come. The local goalkeeper was back under the spotlight in the 96th minute, but with less luck. A shot by Cömert drew a great parabola and the goalkeeper thought he was going out and did not intervene, so the 2-2 went up on the scoreboard.

– Datasheet:

2 – RCD Espanyol: Álvaro Fernández; Sergi Gómez, Cabrera, Calero (Melamed, min.74), Oliván; Vini Souza (Simo, min.87), Edu Expósito (Baré, min.62), Darder (Pol Lozano, min.87); Puado (Aleix Vidal, min.46), Braithwaite and Joselu.

2 – Valencia CF: Mamardashvili; Correia, Paulista (Cömert, min.73), Diakhaby, Gayà; Guillamón, Ilaix (Hugo Duro, min.84), Almeida (Nico, min.73); Castillejo (Kluivert, min.46), Lino and Cavani (Marcos André, min.73).

goals: 0-1, min.53: Paulista; 1-1, min.55: Joselu; 2-1, min. 85: Darder; 2-2, min.96: Comert.

Referee: Pizarro Gómez (Madrid committee). He expelled Marcos André (min.84) and Braithwaite (min.92). He admonished Darder (min.58), Oliván (min.76) and Diakhaby (min.98).

incidents: match corresponding to the seventh day of LaLiga Santander played at the RCDE Stadium before 19,766 spectators.



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