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Valencia pegged back by late Granada equaliser

MADRID: Valencia's disappointing end to the season continued on Saturday (Jul 4) as they conceded an 86th-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 away at Granada in La Liga.

Three goals in seven second-half minutes sparked a thrilling contest at Los Carmenes and Valencia had the better of them, with Manu Vallejo and Goncalo Guedes overturning Carlos Fernandez's penalty for Granada.

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But Fede Vico's late free-kick found its way through a gap in the Valencia wall to salvage a deserved point for Granada, who stay level on points with their opponents after only being promoted last season.

Valencia are still searching for their first victory since sacking coach Albert Celades on Tuesday.

Voro Gonzalez, in his sixth spell in temporary charge, oversaw defeat on Wednesday by Athletic Bilbao.

One win in seven games since La Liga restarted on June 11 have extinguished Valencia's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League but even making the Europa League next season looks increasingly unlikely.

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They sit ninth, five points adrift of Getafe in sixth, having played a game more. Granada are one place below in 10th.

The home side took the lead in the 61st minute, winning a penalty after Fernandez beat Francis Coquelin to a pull-back to the edge of the area.

Fernandez scored the penalty but Granada's lead lasted only two minutes, Vallejo latching on to Denis Cheryshev's lifted pass through and whipping the ball first time into the corner.

Five minutes later, Valencia pulled ahead in stunning fashion as Guedes' rocket from 25 yards flew into the top corner off the hand of Rui Silva.

But Granada hit back again, Vico's driven free-kick flying through a gap in the middle of Valencia's wall with four minutes left. Roberto Soldado could have won it for Granada in injury-time but Jasper Cillessen made the stop.

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