La Liga Santander Bellingham goal disallowed as Real Madrid stage comeback to draw Valencia

An unprecedented refereeing decision by Gil Manzano prevented Real Madrid from beating Valencia at Mestalla on Saturday.

With the score at 2-2 and in the last play of the game, Brahim crossed into the box and Bellingham headed home to make it 3-2. But the referee disallowed the goal as he had blown for full-time when the Malagueno ‘s pass was still in the air.

The La Liga leaders deserved all three points, but had to settle for a point after coming back from 2-0 down. Two goals from Vini Jr. tied the match, which was finally settled by Gil Manzano’s decision.

The match started with Madrid dominating possession, but Valencia took the lead with their first dangerous chance which Hugo Duro converted in the 27th minute. Things got even more complicated two minutes later with Yaremchuk’s goal, who beat Lunin one-on-one.

The leaders had to react to turn around the 2-0 deficit and could have reduced the deficit when Valverde ‘s powerful shot from the edge of the area was met by a great save from Mamardashvili in the 41st minute.

At stoppage time, Carvajal crossed, the ball hit Javi Guerra’s chest and pinged around the box until Vini Jr. popped up to tap it into the net. 2-1 at half-time but the storyline was to change after the break.

Brahim had a chance in the 70th minute with a shot with the outside of his left foot from the edge of the area that missed the target by inches.

The 2-2 result came five minutes later, when Brahim ‘s inch-perfect cross was headed home by Vini Jr. It was all square and in stoppage time, Gil Manzano gave a penalty for Fran García ‘s foul on Hugo Duro, but after reviewing it on the monitor and following a warning from the VAR referee, he decided to correct his initial erroneous decision.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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