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Valencia concedes late vs Valladolid, held at home again

By TALES AZZONI
Posted: Jan. 12, 2019 7:00 am Updated: Jan. 12, 2019 12:57 pm

MADRID (AP) Valencia was held at home again, conceding late to relegation-threatened Valladolid in a 1-1 draw in the Spanish league on Saturday, adding pressure on embattled coach Marcelino.

As has happened often this season, Valencia played well and had plenty of chances of putting the game away, including with a penalty kick, but it wasted most of them yet again.

This time, a free kick by Ruben Alcaraz in the 82nd minute cost Valencia the home victory after Dani Parejo opened the scoring about 10 minutes earlier.

Striker Rodrigo's penalty in the 54th was saved by Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip, who also stopped forward Santi Mina's close-range attempt off the rebound. Santi Mina also missed an open-net chance later in the second half.

It was the seventh draw in 10 home games for Valencia in the league, and 11th overall in 19 league matches. With only four wins, Valencia sits 10th in the standings.

Valladolid, which barely got near Valencia's goal at Mestalla Stadium, celebrated the draw, but it extended the team's winless streak to five matches in all competitions.

Valencia was coming off a loss to second-division club Sporting Gijon in the Copa del Rey, a result that prompted increased calls for Marcelino's firing.

It remained unclear whether he would still be in charge on Tuesday for the Copa second leg against Sporting.

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