La Liga: Valencia leave it late to rescue point
MADRID, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Ronald Koeman's Valencia came from two goals down to scramble a 2-2 Primera Liga draw at Real Zaragoza on Saturday to put the brakes on their slump in form.
Getafe, who qualified for the last 32 of the UEFA Cup in midweek, climbed to 10th in the table with a 2-0 win at Almeria who had Albert Crusat sent off with 13 minutes to go.
Goals from Lucas Licht and Ruben De la Red took the points.
Valencia were in trouble after a penalty from Argentine striker Diego Milito and an own goal by keeper Juan Luis Mora put Zaragoza 2-0 up at the break.
Serbian striker Nikola Zigic headed one back 14 minutes from time before winger David Silva earned his side their second point in five outings.
Dutch coach Koeman, who controversially omitted three experienced players from the first team this week, had to watch most of the second half from the stands after he was sent off for losing his cool on the touchline.
Koeman's new-look side made a bad start at La Romareda, third-choice keeper Mora giving away a penalty after clattering into striker Ricardo Oliveira.
Milito took his tally for the season to nine goals when he sent Mora the wrong way from the spot.
Mora, preferred to Santiago Canizares, committed another error in the 30th minute when he palmed a swirling cross from Sergio Garcia into his own net.
Valencia were lucky not to concede a third before the break and their luck changed when Koeman threw on Zigic at the start of the second half, the giant Serb scoring their first league goal in five outings in the 76th minute.
Silva then weaved his way past two players and sent a curling shot into the far corner with eight minutes to go.
Valencia lie seventh on 26 points while Zaragoza are ninth on 21.
Sevilla moved into eighth in La Liga with a comfortable 4-1 home win over Racing Santander.
Fredi Kanoute opened the scoring after 26 minutes after good work from Daniel Alves.
Ezequiel Garay equalised before Javier Chevanton put Sevilla ahead again just after an hour. Garay was then sent off in the 79th minute.
Jesus Navas made the game safe in the 86th minute before Adriano added a fourth right on full time.