Valencia’s Mestalla stadium experienced a floodlight failure minutes before the host’s crucial La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao.
BRUTAL imagen de Mestalla durante el apagón: pic.twitter.com/MxfvTY9sFG— Motivaciones Fútbol (@M0tivacionesF) marzo 9, 2014
Photos were taken of the arena in darkness with nothing but the spectators’ mobile phones and cameras creating light – giving off a spectacular view.
The players - including the host’s Liverpool linked midfielder Dani Parejo and Bilbao's Manchester United linked midfielder Ander Herrera - were in the tunnel ready to come out when the event ocurred. Fortunately, the delay wasn’t too long and the players soon entered the field after the expected 9pm local kick-off time.
The game itself was a topsy-turvy affair, with Valencia’s young star - dubbed the next ‘David Villa’ - Paco Alcacer opening the scoring after 20 minutes. Champions League chasers Athletic Bilbao though responded well in the second half, and a penalty from Basque’s man-in-form Aduriz gave the teams a share of the spoils.
With the Copa Del Rey between El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid set to take place at the Mestalla stadium in April, Valencia will be praying that the floodlights remain intact to avoid a potential calamity in front of a much larger audience.
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