First Division - Day 20

Valladolid 0 - Valencia 0

Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Jonathan, Peña, Marcos; Jesús, Ricchetti (Ciric 82'); Fernando Sales, Sousa, Oscar González; Makukula. 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: Cañizares; Curro Torres, Ayala, Marchena (Pellegrino 65'), Carboni; Albelda, Baraja; Jorge López (Xisco 73'), Angulo, Vicente (Rufete 82'); Mista. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valladolid: Jonathan for Julio César / Valencia: Curro Torres, Baraja, Angulo, Vicente for Garrido, Sissoko, Rufete, Aimar.

Goals: None.

First placed Valencia were held to a 0-0 draw at Valladolid on Saturday night, and although the point takes them two clear of Real Madrid, they could be overtaken by their rivals tomorrow. It was a defensive match, the only opportunities in the first half falling to Ayala, who headed over the bar following a corner, and Makukula, who went just wide with a free kick.

Referee González Vázquez let Baraja off a red card in the second half after he clashed with Jesús, the home side midfielder asking the referee not to send off his opponent as he had threatened but not actually touched him, although the Spanish international was booked in the incident and will miss the next match for accumulation of yellow cards anyway.

Oscar went close for the locals and Mista could have won it for the visitors later on, but in the closing minutes it was Cañizares who saved the day with a spectacular stop from a Makukula header. Valladolid had held the leaders though, and the point helped to reconcile them with their fans after their cup defeat at the hands of Alavés midweek.