Racing de Santander defeated Levante this Monday (2-4) at the Ciutat de València in a match marked by the weakness of two in defense but in which the visiting team prevailed, closing its crisis to leave the team in a delicate situation . Javi Calleja’s team, with only two points from the last fifteen in Laliga Hypermotion.
Two goals from Arana and another two from Peque allowed José Alberto López’s team to twice overcome the goals of a Levante who ended up losing and without resources in the last half hour of the game and went into the first its big crisis in the season.
And Levante’s game was soon upon them. Vezo, after recovering in midfield, filtered a good pass between the lines so that Dani Gómez, already inside the area, caused the visiting goalkeeper to be denied with a dangerous pass, which Óscar Clemente took advantage from the penalty spot to do. it was 1-0 in ten minutes.
Clemente was also the star of Racing’s tying goal, as Íñigo turned the loss into a forward pass for Arana, who did not spare Femenías (1-1, m.22). Levante claimed a foul for stealing the ball, but VAR upheld the action and confirmed Racing’s reaction, with Andrés gone with an injury before the quarter of an hour.
Out of control, both teams trampled the areas with each opponent’s failure, especially in defense. A mistake by the Racing defense, which had lost three straight before visiting València, was almost replaced by second Dani Gómez, but defender Mantilla saved his team on the goal line.
The end of the first half had a dose of refereeing controversy almost every day at Levante. The referee awarded a penalty to Dani Gómez, but first his assistant and then the VAR signaled offside. Levante, however, deserved it more and achieved it in extra time, with a cross shot by Iván Romero (2-1, m.48).
After going through the locker room, Racing didn’t take long to react and within fifteen minutes they were back. First there was a penalty goal from Peque after Valle brought down Arana in an action strongly protested by the local side. 2-3 was Arana himself, after taking advantage of another situation where Levante didn’t defend well in their area.
Calleja played it by putting the team on top and he paid dearly for it, as Peque made 2-4 with almost no sweat. Those in the stands took their anger to the referee on the bench and in the box, with shouts against Calleja and the board.
No one played after the 71st minute or in the thirteenth minute of extra time, with Levante whose only plan was to hang balls and protest every drop in the rival area. With the loss and after a fifth day without a win, Levante de Calleja are now eleven points behind the leaders.
In the last minute of the clash, Levante’s Brugué left on a stretcher, after apparently fainting.
Source: La Verdad
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