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La Liga: Real Madrid rallies to draw at Valencia behind two goals from Vinicius

Gil Manzano’s historic call as a referee stopped Real Madrid from defeating Valencia at the Mestalla. Brahim crossed into the box on the final play of the game with the score tied at 2-2, and Bellingham scored to make it 3-2. However, the referee disallowed the goal because, while the Malagueño’s pass was still in the air, he had blown for full time. After coming back from a 2-0 deficit, the La Liga leaders had to settle for a point even though they deserved all three. Vini Jr. scored twice to tie the game, which Gil Manzano’s call ultimately decided.

Although Madrid had the better of the early possession in the game, Hugo Duro’s header in the 27th minute gave Valencia the lead. Two minutes later, Lunin was beaten one-on-one by Yaremchuk, making things even more complicated. The leaders had to respond to reverse the 2-0 deficit, and they had a chance to do so in the 41st minute when Mamardashvili made a fantastic save to stop Valverde’s hard shot from the edge of the area. When Carvajal crossed the ball at stoppage time, it struck Javi Guerra in the chest and bounced around the box before Vini Jr. emerged to tap it into the net. 2-1 at the half, but the plot would shift following the intermission.

Real Madrid made the home team defend a few yards further back by moving the ball more quickly. In the 54th minute, they could have tied the score. After Mendy passed the ball to Bellingham, the latter cut inside and beat Mosquera with a deft cut-back, but his next shot was stopped by Mamardashvili. Later on, Valencia responded with a shot from Diego Lopez that was just inside the six-yard box. Lunin made a fantastic save to stop a 3-1 score.

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