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Valencia 1-1 Real Valladolid: Alcaraz breaks Marcelino’s heart

Valencia 1-1 Real Valladolid: Alcaraz breaks Marcelino’s heart

Valencia failed to beat Real Valladolid on Saturday afternoon, drawing 1-1 at Mestalla.

The pressure was firmly on Los Che boss Marcelino ahead of this tie and the heated Mestalla only added to the atmosphere.

Valladolid arrived posing a real threat to the hosts – having cited their need to push up the table and away from the dreaded drop zone.

After seeing Michy Batshuayi leave for Chelsea in midweek, Rodrigo and Santi Mina played as a two in the front line and the latter was doing his upmost in the first period to give his side the lead.

Marcelino’s side did dominate the possession statistics and had the more chances but the game headed to the break on level terms.

Daniel Wass was hauled on at the break, replacing Francis Coquelin and his impact was felt as Valencia pushed for a much needed opener.

The goal eventually come with twenty minutes remaining on the clock as the ever creative Carlos Soler found captain Dani Parejo and he wheeled away in celebration after beating vistiting keeper Jordi Masip.

Parejo’s celebrations incluced a warm embrace between himself and Marcelino, sending a message the club’s fans who have called for the Spanish tactician to be sacked.

However, that message may count for nothing after the visitors levelled with five minutes remaining.

Ruben Alcaraz was the man to get Sergio Gonzalez’ side back on level terms as he struck a delightful free kick and it proved a goal to silence Parejo and his manager’s celebrations.

The Mestalla seemed jaded as the game filtered out to the final whistle and the big question will now be asked if Marcelino should keep his job heading into next week.