La Liga: Valencia leapfrog Sevilla into fourth
Valencia moved up to fourth in La Liga as they avenged their Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Espanyol with a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Madrid: Valencia moved up to fourth in La Liga as they avenged their Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Espanyol with a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Taking advantage of Sevilla`s 2-1 defeat at Getafe earlier in the day, Valencia moved two points clear of the Andalusians in the fight for the final Champions League place.
Valencia went in front midway through the second-half when Pablo Piatti prodded home Jose Gaya`s low cross.
The visitors then made the three points safe when Dani Parejo`s fine free kick struck the post and rebounded in off unfortunate Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez before Sergio Garcia netted a consolation for the Catalans.
Sevilla suffered their second defeat in Madrid in just five days after also going down by the same 2-1 scoreline to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
The hosts went in front on the half-hour mark when striker Alvaro Vazquez was brought down by Diogo Figueiras inside the area and he picked himself up to dispatch the resulting penalty.
Sevilla enjoyed the majority of possession after the break, but it took a wonder strike from Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak to bring them level as he fired in his first La Liga goal from 20 yards.
However, Getafe secured a vital three points in their battle to avoid the drop five minutes from time when Leon forced the ball home from close range after Sergio Rico had made a double save from Fredy Hinestroza and Diego Castro.
Barcelona can move to within a point of Real Madrid at the top with victory at Athletic Bilbao later on Sunday after the European champions were thrashed 4-0 by Atletico in the Madrid derby on Saturday.