Lee scores late to help Valencia end winless streak in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Young South Korean midfielder Lee Kang-in scored in the 89th to help Valencia end a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Valladolid in the Spanish league on Tuesday.

Lee scored with a low left-foot shot from outside the area to keep Valencia in the fight for a Europa League spot. It is one point behind seventh-place Real Sociedad with three rounds to go.

It was Valencia’s second win in eight matches since the league resumed. It also has three draws and four losses after the coronavirus break, with its only victory against Osasuna at home last month.

“We were coming off poor results but we got the three points and we will keep fighting until the end,” Gómez said. “We deserved to get a victory.”

Valencia had conceded an 86th-minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Granada on Saturday. It had lost three straight before that.

Valladolid, which has two wins since the break, stayed in 13th place.

Maxi Gómez put Valencia ahead in the 30th and the visitors equalized through Victor Garcia early in the second half.

The 19-year-old Lee, who came on as a substitute midway through the second half, had scored only once for Valencia, in a league game against Getafe last September. He made headlines earlier this season for late red cards in matches against Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

Real Madrid has a four-point lead over Barcelona at the top. The Catalan club hosts last-place Espanyol on Wednesday, while Madrid hosts Alavés on Friday.

ATLÉTICO HELD

Atlético Madrid was held by relegation-threatened Celta Vigo to a 1-1 draw, missing a chance to get closer to a Champions League spot.

Diego Simeone’s team is three points in front of fourth-place Sevilla, and nine ahead of fifth-place Villarreal. Sevilla visits Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, while Villarreal plays at Getafe on Wednesday.

“The draw was a fair result,” Simeone said. “The only thing that matters is to be in the top four.”

It was the second straight draw for Celta, which opened a seven-point gap to the relegation zone but could lose some ground depending on other results.

Álvaro Morata put Atlético ahead in the first minute at the Balaídos Stadium, completing a cross from Ángel Correa, but Fran Beltrán equalized for the hosts with a neat volley in the 49th, hitting the top corner with a shot that lobbed over Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The draw extended Atlético’s 15-match unbeaten streak in official matches.

Atlético was without young Portugal forward João Félix because of an injury.

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