Struggling Valencia frustrated by Real Valladolid

Ruben Alcaraz’s perfect free-kick earned Real Valladolid a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Valencia in the Spanish La Liga on Saturday as the hosts’ disappointing season continued.

Valencia dominated the game but struggled to find a breakthrough, with Real Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip saving Rodrigo Moreno’s second-half penalty kick.

Santi Mina missed from close range before Valencia captain Dani Parejo eventually put his side ahead in the 71st minute.

However Alcaraz’s brilliantly-hit equaliser in the 82nd minute kept Valencia provisionally ninth, upsetting frustrated fans in the Mestalla.

A section of the fans whistled at their team at the end.

“I think the team had a great game but we were not very accurate in front of goal,” said Moreno.

“I apologise to my teammates for missing the penalty kick. We have to keep working.

“The team did great work overall. We had three great chances, and we are all a bit responsible (for not finishing them).”

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