Valencia shorn of ideas in hairy stalemate with Osasuna

“What happened to the most famous palm tree in Valencia?” tweeted a Valencia fan at the start of the match against Osasuna. He was referring to Thierry Correia, who had shaved off his signature curly locks. What happened to Valencia’s attack, we might all have asked, as the Los Che lacked a razor-sharp cutting edge up front even though it was almost a fully fit squad. The team simply did not cause Osasuna enough hairy moments in defence.

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Stolen! Poor officiating and impossible save rob Valencia of vital Nou Camp win

On a night when Jaume Domenech made a stupendous penalty stop, Lionel Messi equalled Pele’s goal record at a single club, and Barca defender Ronald Araujo scored a gravity-defying scissor kick, it was instead poor officiating and VAR that stole the headlines.

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Hugo heaves relief and gives belief in 2-2 Alaves draw

And now breathe. That’s 3 matches in a row now that this young Valencia side have induced gasps – and not always of pleasure – on Sunday 9pm. The team went from fumbling foreplay for most of the game against Deportivo Alaves to frenetic climax in the last half-hour, scoring two goals in quick succession to level the game before blowing a load of chances to win deep in. Sheer drama heated up the wintry night in Basque County.

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Covid-19 has exposed football’s financial excesses: Anil Murthy

The global pandemic has exposed the football industry’s unsustainability, said Valencia president Anil Murthy, pointing to the vast overspending in European top-flight football and skyrocketing transfer fees and wages. With the crisis unlikely to ease soon, coupled with a second wave of infections in Spain, the way forward for top clubs should be a strategy […]

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