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Result: Daniele Verde leaves it late to level for Real Valladolid

Result: Daniele Verde leaves it late to level for Real Valladolid
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Borja Iglesias had given Espanyol the lead.

Daniele Verde's stoppage-time equaliser denied Espanyol top spot in LaLiga going into the weekend as Real Valladolid snatched a 1-1 draw.

Espanyol were set to move two points clear of Barcelona on the back of Borja Iglesias' 20th-minute strike, but with time running out Verde scored with a free-kick to earn a draw.

Iglesias' strike – which found the top right-hand corner from outside the box – looked enough to settle a game in which both sides had plenty of chances but were guilty of wayward shooting.

Prior to Verde's goal, Valladolid had got only one of their 14 shots on the target, which came just before half-time when Toni Villa hit a left-footed shot which Diego Lopez gathered low down to his right.

By that point, Espanyol had already squandered a couple of good chances to double their lead, with Mario Hermoso and Hernan Perez both going close with headers.

But Valladolid finished on top and snatched a point after Victor Sanchez brought down Ruben Alcaraz to concede a free-kick.

The result leaves Espanyol level on points with Barcelona before the leaders face Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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