Real Madrid held in Valencia with controversy, Sevilla continue to recover in La Liga

Real Madrid dropped two points in Valencia in a game that ended in controversy when referee Gil Manzano blew the final whistle moments before Jude Bellingham headed in what would have been a 3-2 winner for the league leaders.


The referee had told the players that a Real Madrid cor­ner would be the last action of the game. But after Valencia half-cleared the ball, he ended the game as the ball was swung back into the Valencia box.


Gil Manzano then showed Bellingham a red card for his protests as he was surrounded by Madrid players claiming a goal.


Valencia had led 2-0 with Hugo Duro's header on 27 min­utes and Roman Yaremchuk doubling their lead three min­utes later after a dreadful Dani Carvajal backpass.


Vinicius Jr pulled Madrid back into the game from close range in the first half injury time and he scored the equal­izer in the 76th minute to set up an intense end to the game which also saw Valencia de­fender Mouctar Diakhaby suf­fer a bad-looking knee injury.


Sevilla continued to climb away from the danger zone to­wards mid-table with a 3-2 win at home to Real Sociedad, who had a bad week after losing in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.


Youssef En-Nesyri scored for Sevilla in the 11th and 13th minutes. Although Andre Silva cut the deficit in the 45th minute with a penalty kick after a Ser­gio Ramos handball, Ramos assured the win with a 65th minute header. Brais Mendez's 92nd minute free kick meant a nervous end for the home fans. — Xinhua