Alaves and Valencia faced each other this Friday at the Mendizorroza Stadium in the Spain La Liga. Frightened due to the relegation zone, hosts Alaves fought at home and snatched a point against Valencia. The visitors opened the scoring in the first half through a beautiful free-kick from Daniel Parejo. Furthermore, in the second half, Edgar Mendez leveled things up for host Alaves.
Valencia did the pressing really well at the early stages and had both Kevin Gameiro and Dani Parejo as their main weapons. The deadlock was broken on 33 minutes, as Parejo struck a beautiful effort from a free-kick, straight at goalkeeper Pacheco’s right top corner. 0-1 Valencia.
After the break, Alaves needed to grab at least a draw given the difficult situation in the table and also the fact that they were playing at home. Lucas Perez, Alaves’ top scorer, was having a hard time against the Valencian defense.
However, Alaves could surprise the visitors through Mendez, on 62 minutes. The Alaves player took advantage out of the Valencian defense and slotted home past Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen. 1-1.
The game changed completely after Alaves’ equalizer, and it looked like they would be able to get the three points. Following some wasted chances, Joselu had the golden chance on his feet, as he was triggered on 89 minutes, and saw himself one on one against the Valencian keeper, but Diakhaby could recover himself in the move and intercepted the action, guaranteeing the 1-1 draw.
With the result, Alaves are in 11th place with 32 points, while the Valencians remain in 7th place with 42. On the 27th matchday of the league, Alaves will face Espanyol away, as Valencia will take on Levante next Saturday at Estadio de Mestalla.