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Spanish Primera BBVA

Juegos Mediterraneos (ATT 12,000) 27th March 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: Lamsfus Bartolome

Almeria Almeria vs Valencia Valencia

Almeria 2

O Diaz (53)
Corona (54)


Valencia 2

S Keita (1)
E Vargas (34)

Valencia blow chance

Last Updated: 28/03/14 12:10pm

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Seydou Keita scored after just a few seconds for Valencia

Seydou Keita scored after just a few seconds for Valencia

Valencia's bid to force their way into the European reckoning suffered a blow as they squandered a 2-0 lead away to relegation-battling Almeria.

Valencia led just nine seconds into the match through Seydou Keita and were 2-0 up when Eduardo Vargas found the net 10 minutes before half-time.

But Almeria replied with two goals in as many minutes early in the second half with Oscar Diaz and Corona bringing them level for a crucial point.

The fans had barely taken their seats in the Estadio Mediterraneo when Keita fired home from close range to open the scoring.

Valencia continued to threaten as Vargas and Paco Alcacer had chances soon after, while Almeria could do no better than ambitious long-range efforts from Alex Viddal and Suso that missed the target.

The hosts were grateful to goalkeeper Esteban Suarez for keeping out Joao Pereira's close-range effort with a brilliant save in the 17th minute, and they were then unlucky not to level as Vidal brought an equally good block from Vicente Guaita in the 25th minute.

Guaita then did well to keep out Vidal's long-range effort, but moments later Almeria found themselves 2-0 down as Vargas finished from 12 yards with a low shot.

Almeria regrouped at half-time and began the second-half strongly, with Guaita making two excellent saves to deny Suso and Vidal in quick succession.

It was a warning Valencia did not heed and Almeria's fans were still celebrating Diaz's close-range finish when Corona levelled in the 54th minute.

The hosts were on top, with Guaita diverting Suso's drive around the post before Angel Trujillo's acrobatic overhead kick bounced the wrong side of the post and Suso blazed over.

Valencia were struggling to reassert their earlier dominance, but Javi Fuego went close with a header before Dani Parejo brought a fine save from Suarez from 25 yards.

A draw seemed a fair result by the finish, but it leaves Valencia down in ninth place while Almeria are hovering two points above the drop zone.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 32 78
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 32 52
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 32 43
9 Celta Vigo 32 42
10 Espanyol 32 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
12 Real Sociedad 32 38
13 Getafe 32 36
14 Elche 32 34
15 Eibar 32 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 32 20