Levante held to draw at home by Valladolid

Roger Marti of Levante UD competes for the ball with Ruben Alcaraz of Real Valladolid during the La Liga Santander match between Levante UD and Real Valladolid CF at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on January 22, 2021 in Valencia, Spain.

VALENCIA, Spain — Levante needed Roger Marti's late goal to salvage a 2-2 home draw with Valladolid in the Spanish league on Friday.

The match came alive when Levante’s Dani Gomez scored in the 62nd minute from a pass by Jorge Frutos after the midfielder sped down the left and set up the forward.

Ruben Alcaraz made up for two misses in the first half when he helped rob the ball from Levante’s Mickael Malsa and scored from outside the area to level in the 73rd.

Oscar Plano appeared to have given Valladolid the winning goal five minutes later after a pass by Pablo Hervias.

But Marti dribbled around his marker to open a tight shooting angle. He drove a shot that took a deflection off a defender before finding the net to seal the draw in the 83rd.

Levante moved into 10th place and Valladolid into 15th.

“We generated the scoring chances to take the lead, and then let the three points slip away,” Valladolid midfielder Alcaraz said. “But I recognize the effort and attitude of the team.”


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