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Eibar 1-1 Valencia: Draw specialists make it TEN!

Eibar 1-1 Valencia: Draw specialists make it TEN!

Europe’s most even steven side notched up another draw to fellow mid-table opponents, Eibar after Video Assistant Referee played a major role.

Valencia have now registered ten draws out of 16 games this season and means they have as many draws as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Alaves combined.

Both teams came into this in reasonable amount of form with both only losing once out of six games and it was no different at the Estadio de Ipurua as they cancelled each other out.

27-year-old Spanish striker, Rodrigo could have ended his drought with a curling effort from the edge of the box but for the keeper to make a finger-tipping save inside the right post.

Eight minutes later, he wasn’t going to be denied as he ended his 993 minutes without a goal when he finished at the back post after losing his marker. This was only the forward’s second goal of the campaign, whereas he had eight by this time last season when these two sides last met.

Coincidentally both sides met during December last season but a day later at Estadio de Ipurua where Eibar ran out 2-1 winners.

Things turned sour for the Spanish manager as he had to made two substitutions after both former Arsenal players Gabriel Paulista and Francis Coquelin both had to leave the field with injury.

Having only been introduced at the start of the season, VAR made an appearance awarding the home side a penalty, ten minutes into the second half.

A cross managed to hit a Valencia player’s flailing hand but was not originally given by referee Adrian Vega but overturned after the Eibar players’ adamant reactions.

After viewing the monitor, the decision was overturned, and veteran striker Charles dispatched a powerful penalty straight down the middle of the goal to level proceedings.

The 34-year old striker scored his sixth goal in six starts and third in his last two after scoring a brace in the 4-4 thriller against Levante last weekend.

José Ángel could have secured all three points for José Luis Mendilibar and his men but for his shot to thunder off the bar, ten minutes from time.

Neither side managed to dominate the game and shared the spoils in Gipuzkoa and remain in mid-table.