In a highly anticipated clash, Port Vale Esports battled to a 2-2 draw against GGG Esports in the English Premier despite losing a man in the opening ten minutes due to connection issues.
Vale came into the match with a point to prove after a disappointing draw against bottom of the league side Belgian Warriors on Tuesday night.
Both sides looked comfortable on the ball, but it wasn’t until the quarter of the hour mark before either goalkeeper was really tested. A stinging effort from the edge of the box forced a good save from the Vale ‘keeper.
Just five minutes later the deadlock was broken, albeit in rather fortunate circumstances. Some sloppy defending from Vale left Lotinho in acres of space from a corner, but he could only guide his header onto the post. The danger looked to have passed. However, Vale failed to clear their lines and J.Jumbo was on hand to bundle the ball into the next.
But the Valiants were level within six in-game minutes. The GGG goalkeeper, with his best impression of the Godfather, offered Vale a chance they simply could not refuse. The ball in from the left seemed harmless. But in a moment of madness Ronaldinho, the GGG goalkeeper, showed why his Brazilian namesake was known more for his silky footwork than his goalkeeping abilities, as he flapped at the cross, gifting Doctor_Nice_guy his third goal of the season.
Vale ended the half the stronger of the two sides, but could not find another goal, despite dominating possession.
But they came out of the blocks quickest and just moments after the restart they were ahead. Vale forward Canadasbesteh picked off a sloppy pass on the edge of the GGG box and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper – taking him level at the top of the Valiants scoring charts with three goals.
It was nothing more than Vale deserved, as they looked to get their first league win in three games.
They continued to see the lion’s share of the ball, but failed to capitalise. With just over ten minutes to go, GGG made them pay with an almost carbon copy of their first goal. A deep corner to the back post was nodded across goal by Lotinho, and Jumbo was on hand to bag his second of the match.
Both sides pushed for a winner in the last ten minutes, but neither could find the decisive goal.
Port Vale Esport player-manager, Corey Davies said: “It was the best match we’ve played.
“We passed the ball well as a team.
“But it didn’t help that we lost our left-back early on in the game due to connection issues.”
The side currently sit 13th in the English Esports Premier but Davies believes the side have plenty more to offer, adding: “[We want to] finish in the top half of the table and win the European League, after reaching the quarterfinals”
The quarterfinals will be played next week. The Valiants progressed thanks to a 4-0 win over Propassers TR in the previous round.
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