After two consecutive defeats against Seville and Granada, Valencia scored again but added one (and thanks) to the visit of Cádiz to Mestalla (1-1). Javi Gracia’s team has now chained eight games without a win that exit the relegation zone, but with two more games played than one Elche that are placed into it because of the goal difference. And the tale could be even worse, because Lozano was advancing to Cádiz on the scoreboard, and Maxi Gómez had to pretend to have saved the draw.
The key innovation of an ‘eleven’ he was precisely the Uruguayan who proposed four novelties concerning the aligned ones in Los Cármenes. And it was Maxi Gómez himself who had the first opportunity to score a straightforward goal of the match when Thierry Correia’s header from him to the middle forced Ledesma to make a worthwhile save in the 23rd minute to keep the 0-0 bright.
Beyond the muscular injury for which Gameiro left his place on the pitch to Kang-In Lee, nothing to stand out in the rest of the first half. The Cadiz, his own, with two lines of four perfectly marked on the retreat and relying on the backlash and lucidity of Negredo and Lozano above for their fate. And the protagonist was a Honduran.
The second half began and Valencia showed signs of progress, but Lozano applied ‘the ex’ rule ‘to him (he joined the youth squad in Spain in 2011) and made it 0-1 in 59’. He went to the middle of Espino, who starred on the left-wing in a strong individual game, and in the heart of the region thanks to an acrobatic shot.
There was no cloth or whistles in Mestalla with the aforementioned 0-1 for that of this football without an audience due to the coronavirus, but the fans who, while from home, were sleeping in the relegation area. After a successful service from Gayà from the left and remote control to the Uruguayan head at the far post, Maxi Gómez avoided it by drawing at 79 ‘.
From there until the end, he pressed the local team with no luck and Cádiz was able to score again in more than a risky counterattack from Cervera’s head, but the scoreboard did not move again and the contest ended with a draw that well deserves the qualifier of fair.