Title hopefuls Valencia dropped two more points in a disappointing 1-1 home draw against 10-man Real Zaragoza Saturday with a performance that inspired little confidence ahead of a vital UEFA Champions League clash with Rangers.
Valencia have fallen to successive defeats to Barcelona and Real Mallorca and this draw against winless Zaragoza leaves them fourth, three points behind pacesetters Real Madrid who also have a game in hand.
"We didn't think we could surrender five points in two home matches, however, we don't have to look for excuses but solutions," said Valencia coach Unai Emery.
Zaragoza's Italian defender Maurizio Lanzaro put his side into a shock two minute lead but undid the good work on 42 minutes when a mix-up with goalkeeper Antonio Doblas saw him put through his own net for Valencia's equaliser.
Visitors Zaragoza were reduced to ten men on 67 minutes when midfielder Ander Herrera, only on as a second half substitute, was given a straight red card for a challenge on Juan Mata. Even with the extra man Valencia could not find the goal they craved and Zaragoza could even have snatched the win late on.
Valencia coach Unai Emery must now pysche his team up for Tuesday's Champions League group match at home to Rangers with one point separating the two teams in Group C.
Zaragoza will be happy with the point at a tough ground such as the Mestalla and it lifts them off the foot of the table at Deportivo La Coruna's expense.