Valencia held at Alaves to 1-1 before crucial Atalanta visit in Champions League

Victor Laguardian of Deportivo Alaves reacts during the Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Valencia at Estadio de Mendizorroza on March 6, 2020 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Valencia was held at Alaves to 1-1 on Friday, four days before it must overcome a big deficit to stay in the Champions League.

Valencia’s winless streak on the road reached five consecutive games as it stayed in seventh place in the Spanish league.

Valencia will host Italian side Atalanta on Tuesday without spectators at Mestalla Stadium for fears of the coronavirus outbreak. Atalanta won the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie 4-1.

Midfielder Dani Parejo put the visitors ahead in the 34th minute when he drove a free kick into the top corner of the net for his eighth goal in the competition.

After Valencia failed to press for a second, Alaves leveled in the 73rd when Edgar Mendez fired in a pass that Victor Laguardia headed on from a free kick.

Alaves climbed to 11th place in the 20-team league.

Leader Real Madrid visits Real Betis on Sunday. Barcelona trails Madrid by a point before hosting Real Sociedad on Saturday. Third-placed Sevillavisits fifth-placed Atletico Madrid also on Saturday.

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