LaLiga Santander 2020-2021
Valencia 1 Alavs 1
The captain’s goal ties a round-trip duel in which the Vitorians took the lead and leaves both teams in the hot zone of qualification
The last time the Alavs puntu in Mestalla, the Valencia was league champion and Grace Y Calleja they were teammates at Villarreal. Almost 20 years without the victory escaping and the streak is just broken when Valencia most needs to score points that allow them to finish this eternal season without too much suffering. Just faith and flashes of de Guedes, added to the conviction of Gay, they rescued a point in the 89th minute when the Vitorians already meet with the three in the bag.
Valencia did the math before jumping onto the grass. Cala’s goal, football stuff, for Cdiz’s draw against him Valladolid It gave them a break, but only a victory saved them from being entangled in the last gasps of the League. The Alavs, despite the Calleja effect, could not allow any oversights either, and at the Mestalla they showed themselves as far from Jaume as capable of containing the Valencian waves.
Gracia did not speculate and threw her team with all the artillery, lest they even allow her to finish the season. Maxi, Gameiro and above all Guedes. The Portuguese has emerged in recent weeks to grab the team’s flag and lead the attack. From the middle point or the left lane, he offered himself, faced, was associated with the Uruguayan and with Gameiro and even biting in the recovery. As if he had drunk a magic potion, the Portuguese is proving very capable of supporting a Valencia that threatens but does not strike. And that is a problem.
On matchday 32, the Valencian players are still not able to generate a fluid attack game and even less to find the cracks in the block that Calleja has built. In that responsibility he is too alone Carlos Soler, multiplied before the doubts of Racic and condemned to take refuge in the talent that was on the left wing. Despite the fact that Alavs did not give more than to be used to maintain their solidity, in the first against they armed, Jota marc offside. A warning that was not repeated in the entire first part but that reminded those of Gracia of their fragility.
You love the duel Valencia, worse the game only lighten the game Guedes on the way back from the dressing room with a low and perfect center that goes through the goalkeeper of Pacheco without finding a finisher. The left is the only solution and that’s where the second disallowed goal of the game came. Gay looked for the Portuguese, who invited Maxi to fight but did not give up in the search for rejection to serve Gameiro. Cuadra Fernndez saw on the monitor that the Uruguayan started the play behind the Alava defense.
The fright spurred the Vitorians, who forced Jaume to fly to deflect a half ball of Joselu and lamented a high shot and Edgar to the center of Toms Pina. A shot from Soler in the back of Laguardia and a breakaway from Pere Pons that Gay stopped started the round-trip skirmishes. Alavs were the winner taking advantage of a foul that Laguardia pein and caught Guidetti to catapult. Far from sinking, Guedes reappeared, this time from the right, letting Maxi test Pacheco and stopping the goal, Captain Gay pushed her to the back of the net. A point as fair as it is useless.