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Valencia and Levante share the spoils in late-derby action

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Levante ‘s 10 men battled back to score a 97th-minute equalizer in their derby against Valencia, doing as such from the penalty spot for a dramatic 1-1 draw. When Roger Marti was sent off with 15 minutes to go, Levante appeared to have been made to pay for that red card when Rodrigo Moreno scored to place Valencia in front at a void Mestalla, however, Gonzalo Melero ‘s late spot-kick guaranteed that the crown jewels were shared.

Valencia started as the better side, as Maxi Gomez almost put in a cross and as Carlos Soler smacked the crossbar. Levante had a couple of fascinating breaks on the counter-attack however was always unable to locate the final pass and at the break, it remained ungoal.

After the passage through the changing areas, Valencia kept on looking at the more dangerous side and the eyes of Albert Celades would have lit up when a subsequent yellow was appeared to Roger Marti to leave the visitors with 10.

When Jose Gaya evoked an ideal cross for Rodrigo to score the opener with two minutes to go, Valencia appeared to be coming back with a three-point haul from the coronavirus pause however there was to be another curve to the story.

Mouctar Diakhaby unnecessarily pulled down Ruben Vezo on the edge of the penalty area and despite the fact that it was initially given as a free-kick, VAR mediated to say it was simply inside the container. The ball was placed on the penalty spot and Melero sent Jasper Cillessen the incorrect way to earn a draw for his side.

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