Valencia and Espanyol played to an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Mestalla Saturday. Mexican internationals Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno both played all 90 minutes.
Espanyol got off to an early lead when Jhon Cordoba’s left-footed strike fizzed by Valencia goal keeper Diego Alves. The Colombians early goal ignited the home sides need for retaliation as just 4 minutes later Valencia stuck with the equalizer.
Francisco Alcacer brought down a chipped pass in the box with his chest and struck at close range with his right to beat the Espanyol goal keeper.
Valencia was held as Espanyol began to press in the Mestalla. But unfortunately the Catalan’s were unable to punish the homeside.
Valencia finally took the lead at minute 32 when Brazillian striker Jonas headed in a corner.
The homeside had very little time to celebrate as from one box to the other Jonas who had just scored at the other end blocked a shot at the line to temporarily hold off the opposition.
Valencia wasn’t able to hold on to the lead for the break as Espanyol finally retaliated with a goal from the spot put away by Sergio Garcia.
In the second half Valencia was able to press more and dominated possession with Guardado commanding the flank.
In the dying minutes of the game Valencia pressured Espanyol with attack after attack, attempting to find a way through the defense. But Espanyol did well to hold Valencia off.
The Catalans came close to punishing the home side on a counter attack. Colombian striker Cordoba bolted down the left flank at incredible speed and came close to finding the back of the net but his left-footed strike fizzed just wide of the goal.
Valencia continued to apply the pressure but Espanyol was too well set in the back. The Mestalla was held to a draw and Javier Aguirre’s Espanyol attained a valuable point away from home.