Valencia 1-1 Leganes: VAR effect at the MestallaOctober 21, 2018
Valencia continued their poor start to the season with yet another draw as VAR came into use when Leganes were awarded a spot kick.
The Bats will be rueing their missed chances after dropping another two points at home. A late equaliser from left-back Jose Gaya saw Marcelino’s men continue their bad start to the season.
Los Che emphasised home advantage with a dominant first half display with several players going close.
Captain, Daniel Parejo’s precise pass to striker Kevin Gameiro was the first of a handful of close calls for the Leganes defence with the forward’s effort being blocked by a defender.
A quiet start to the season for last season’s prolific striker, Rodrigo continued as he wasted a golden chance as he raced through on to goal but blazed his effort high over the bar from the edge of the box. The forward has one goal in La Liga this season while this time last season he was on five from eight games.
The Bats dominated the first half with ten shots at goal to Leganes’ one whilst enjoying more possession but it was the away side who took the lead just after the hour mark with assistance from VAR.
A rough tackle from Valencia centre back Ezequiel Garay inside the penalty box was referred to the VAR box and given on review.
Gerard Gumbau made no mistake from twelve yards, confidently beating keeper Neto striking into the bottom left pocket. A renowned penalty shot stopper, Neto was unable to save his side this time after saving his last few.
Before the goal, the Los Peperinos could have gone ahead minutes earlier when striker Sabin’s curling effort from the edge of the box went whiskers wide. An effort that looked in until the last moment.
After the penalty goal, the game became an open end-to end encounter as Valencia upped the ante with winger Daniel Wass hitting his volley over the bar from the edge of the box before Gameiro who’s initial good work of winning the ball back high saw him blaze over the bar too.
The equaliser came five minutes from time, when captain maestro Parejo showed great vision by slipping in an overlapping Gaya with a cheeky flick as the left back’s first time shot sailed into the back of the net.
Los Che could have won all three points two minutes from time when substitute Michy Batshuayi latched on to a cross inside the penalty area but his effort was denied by a fantastic save by Ivan Cuellar.
Valencia continues their poor start with yet another draw (W1/D7/L1) as Leganes scored for the first time in four games against this opposition.
There were further injury problems for both sides as Russian international Denis Cheryshev limped off during the first half for the home side whilst striker Guido Carrillo also went off just before the break.