Real Valladolid boss Sergio Gonzalez has said he is happy with his side’s draw against Espanyol, saying the result was a fair one for his side.
Away side Espanyol got off to a bright start at the Estadio José Zorrilla in their mission to leapfrog Catalan rivals Barcelona for the top spot in La Liga.
However, Valladolid soon recovered from a shaky start and turned the tide of the game in their favour.
But it was the visitors who took the lead when Borja Iglesias took it upon himself to score a spectacular long-range goal for Espanyol.
The former Celta Vigo forward’s fifth La Liga goal of the season proved unstoppable for Valladolid goalkeeper Masip.
However, despite their advantage – it was Valladolid who looked better in the second half and they carved open a chance late on to save a point.
Victor Sanchez brought down Alcaraz, substitute Verde scored with a stunning free-kick in the 91st minute of the match to hand the hosts a deserved point.
It was the Italian’s first ever La Liga goal, and it extended Valladolid’s unbeaten run to six games.
“We started very well and were involved in the game from the start, ” he told reporters.
“We knew who we were facing, and despite the error leading to the goal from Borja Iglesias – we reacted well.
“We recovered well and used our ideas to get back in the game. If we had lost, it would have been unfair.
“People have seen that we struggled at the start of the season, but together we have fought back. We have an extraordinary atmosphere here now.”
Sergio González’s men, who remain sixth in La Liga, will next face a daunting trip to Real Madrid next Saturday in the league.
Meanwhile, Espanyol are level on points with Barcelona before the league leaders face Real in El Clasico on Sunday.