Levante ‘s 10 men battled back to score a 97th-minute equalizer in their derby against Valencia, doing so from the penalty spot for a dramatic 1-1 draw. When Roger Marti was sent off with 15 minutes to go, Levante seemed to have been made to pay for that red card when Rodrigo Moreno scored to put Valencia in front at an empty Mestalla, but Gonzalo Melero ‘s late spot-kick ensured that the spoils were shared.
Valencia started as the better side, as Maxi Gomez almost put in a cross and as Carlos Soler smacked the crossbar. Levante had a few interesting breaks on the counter-attack but was never able to find the final pass and at the break, it remained ungoal.
After the passage through the dressing rooms, Valencia continued to look the more dangerous side and the eyes of Albert Celades would have lit up when a second yellow was shown to Roger Marti to leave the visitors with 10.
When Jose Gaya conjured up a perfect cross for Rodrigo to score the opener with two minutes to go, Valencia seemed to be returning with a three-point haul from the coronavirus pause but there was to be another twist to the story.
Mouctar Diakhaby unnecessarily pulled down Ruben Vezo on the edge of the penalty area and even though it was initially given as a free-kick, VAR intervened to say it was just inside the box. The ball was placed on the penalty spot and Melero sent Jasper Cillessen the wrong way to earn a draw for his side.