MADRID: Valencia’s poor La Liga season continued as Los Che remain just a point above the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Deportivo la Coruna on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).
Deportivo have failed to replace the goal threat posed by Lucas Perez since his move to Arsenal in August, but a point is enough for them to move out of the bottom three on goal difference.
Turkish midfielder Emre Colak’s towering header from a right-wing cross put Deportivo in front in first-half stoppage time.
However, in former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli’s third game in charge, Valencia battled back after the break and Rodrigo tapped home Nani’s low cross just before the hour mark.
The visitors then looked the more dangerous, but Deportivo goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton rushed from his line to block Martin Montoya’s efffort and then saved Eliaquim Mangala’s fierce shot at the second attempt.
A first draw of the season moves Valencia up to 14th. AFP