DEPORTIVO 1-1 VALENCIA
Last gasp Negredo header rescues point for Valencia
The captain headed an equaliser in the 93 minute sparing manager Gary Neville defeat at the hands of Deportivo in Coruña.
There are players who have a certain team or stadium where they always seem to perform. For the opposing side this is often referred to as the bogey player. It’s the rival or stage where no one knows exactly why things always happen. Negredo has this relationship with the Riazor stadium and Lucas Perez with Valencia. Pérez debuted last season against Los Che, and scored in a 3-0 victory. In the first half of this season, in the Mestalla, he also scored the only goal for his team, that earned a draw. On Sunday, following this pattern, he opened the scoring which incidentally brought to an end a drought that had lasted since December 19.
The goal for Lucas on 52 minutes was a nice combination with a useful team-mate: Luis Alberto, who is currently on loan from Liverpool FC. They did it to open the scoring, but prior to this the referee had ruled out another for a non-existent offside. This ultimately could have proved decisive.
And with only a one-goal advantage the last minute Negredo appearance did the damage. The striker for Madrid had scored five goals in his six visits to the Riazor and he left with this still intact. He missed the first chance; he missed the second; but not the third. A savior for Neville who remained winless in the league but at least, when all seemed lost can now prepare for the game against Las Palmas in the Copa del Rey in a better frame of mind.
The result was harsh on Deportivo as they had dominated the match from start to finish and should deserved their first victory in 2016. The team appeared to have recovered its identity, but again, the margin of error is small and they faltered in the final moments.