Real Valladolid Returns to La Liga with a Goal in the 97th Minute

It was the 90th minute, and at the José Zorrilla stadium, Real Valladolid was on the brink of defeat at home against the bottom-placed team, Villarreal ‘B’, amid the shouts and protests of fans who couldn’t believe what they were witnessing. However, an incredible finale, with two goals in stoppage time, one of them from a penalty in the 97th minute, ended with the triumph of the home team, granting them promotion to La Liga.

Paulo Pezzolano’s team was the clear favorite ahead of the match, playing at home against a rival that had virtually no chance of remaining in the category. However, Villarreal’s reserve team showed they were willing to fight until the end and pushed Valladolid to the brink, leading to protests from the home crowd.

After a first half with few clear chances, Valladolid took the lead in the 61st minute through Raúl Moro. It had been a struggle, but everything seemed to be heading towards promotion, with results from other matches favoring Pezzolano’s team.

Nerves took over the home side in 10 minutes where their legs trembled. Lekovic, in the 76th minute, and Tasende, in the 86th, turned the game around to the disbelief of the Valladolid fans in the stadium.

A dream comeback in stoppage time Then Víctor Meseguer emerged as the hero in added time. First, he scored the equalizer in the 91st minute, and as the match approached its conclusion, he won a penalty that Mamadou Sylla converted to once again turn the scoreline around.

Everything seemed decided, but with the match surpassing the 100th minute, Villarreal B launched a ball towards the base of the post, in a shot by Geralnik, whose rebound fell to a teammate who sent the ball over the bar even though Jordi Masip was already beaten.

The final whistle served to release the players, who had been tense throughout the match. The confirmed promotion initiated celebrations on the pitch with Ronaldo, the club president, jumping and celebrating alongside the rest of the players and the entire coaching staff.

Despite the joy in the stands at returning to La Liga just a year after the fateful relegation, chants calling for Paulo Pezzolano’s resignation could still be heard. Not even a victory like this could alleviate the tension of a club that will be forced to make very important decisions next summer, with their sights already set on LaLiga EA Sports.

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