Espanyol 2-2 Valencia: Honours even at Rcde Stadium

Espanyol vs Valencia
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Espanyol were helde ach other to a 2-2 draw by Valencia on Sunday at Rcde Stadium. Espanyol were looking to get back to winning ways after losing 2-1 to Real Sociedad in their last match. Valencia were looking to extend their winning run after a 3-0 victory against Celta Vigo. Espanyol are now in 16th place on the table and have 5 points while Valencia sit in 8th with 10 points after 7 matches.

Following a goalless first half, whatever was said in the dressing room at half time, seemed to have a positive effect on The Bats who started the second half strongly, when Gabriel Paulista gave them the lead, 53 minutes in. However, they were unable to maintain their lead, Joselu managing to equalize in the 56th minute 1-1. The momentum was again with Espanyol, who then scored again courtesy of a goal from Sergi Darder in the 83rd minute to establish a 2-1 result. In the end though, their lead was short-lived, as Eray Comert equalised for Valencia just before the full time. The final result, Espanyol 2, Valencia 2.

Substitutions for Espanyol included Aleix Vidal, Keidi Bare, Nicolas Melamed Ribaudo, Pol Lozano and Wassim Keddari Boulif for Javi Puado, Edu Exposito, Fernando Calero, Vinicius Souza and Sergi Darder, respectively. Valencia brought on Justin Kluivert, Nicolas Gonzalez, Marcos De Sousa, Eray Comert and Hugo Duro, to replace Samu Castillejo, Andre Almeida, Edinson Cavani, Gabriel Paulista and Moriba Ilaix.

The referee booked from Espanyol Sergi Darder and Brian Olivan and from Valencia Mouctar Diakhaby. Both teams also had a sending off, with Martin Braithwaite for Espanyol and Marcos De Sousa for Valencia.

Next up, Espanyol are away to Cádiz, whilst Valencia will travel to face Osasuna.

Technical card:
Espanyol:Alvaro Fernandez, Sergi Gomez, Leandro Cabrera, Fernando Calero (Nicolas Melamed Ribaudo, min.74), Javi Puado (Aleix Vidal, min.46), Sergi Darder (Wassim Keddari Boulif, min.87), Edu Exposito (Keidi Bare, min.62), Vinicius Souza (Pol Lozano, min.87), Brian Olivan, Joselu and Martin Braithwaite
Valencia:Giorgi Mamardashvili, Thierry Correia, Mouctar Diakhaby, Gabriel Paulista (Eray Comert, min.74), Jose Luis Gaya, Andre Almeida (Nicolas Gonzalez, min.73), Hugo Guillamon, Moriba Ilaix (Hugo Duro, min.84), Edinson Cavani (Marcos De Sousa, min.73), Lino and Samu Castillejo (Justin Kluivert, min.46)
Stadium:Rcde Stadium
Goals:Gabriel Paulista (0-1, min. 53), Joselu (1-1, min. 56), Sergi Darder (2-1, min. 83) and Eray Comert (2-2, min. 90)