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Soler sent off for Valencia after reacting to being attacked

The Valencia defender was involved in a tussle at a corner with Eibar's Escalante. The visiting player raised a hand to Soler, who responded in kind and was sent off.

Soler sent off for Valencia after reacting to being attacked

Soler sent off for Valencia

Just before the half-time whistle, with Eibar leading Valencia 1-0 at Mestalla, the visiting side earned a corner. With the ball about to be swung in, Valencia's Carlos Soler and Eibar's Gonzálo Escalante became involved in a tussle in the box. 

The Eibar player swung a hand at Soler, connecting with his face. The Valencia player attempted to respond in kind, though didn't appear to make any real contact.

Soler sent off, Eibar score resulting penalty

Referee Munuera Montero clearly missed Escalante's initial agression, awarding nothing against the Eibar player, but he had spotted Soler's raised hand, and sent him off. He also awarded a penalty for Eibar, which Adrián converted straight down the middle, with a diving Diego Alvés watching helplessly and wishing he'd stood his ground. 

Eibar celebrate scoring the penatly
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Eibar celebrate scoring the penatlyKai FörsterlingEFE

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