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2017/2018 Spanish Primera División
  • Rodrigo (19')
  • Simone Zaza (33')
  • Víctor Laguardia (54' OG)
  • Rubén Sobrino (49')

Simone Zaza has goal, assist as Valencia defeat Alaves

Simone Zaza scored one goal and set up another for Rodrigo Moreno as Valencia claimed a 3-1 La Liga win over Alaves at the Mestalla Stadium.

The pair shared a quick one-two combination before Moreno was left alone to beat goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco in the 19th minute for his 13th league goal of the season.

Zaza doubled the lead in the 33rd minute when he tapped the ball home following a free kick by Dani Parejo.

Alaves pulled one back through Ruben Sobrino after half-time, only for defender Victor Laguardia to score an own goal in the 54th minute.

Sobrino had a chance to get Alaves back into the match when he intercepted a poor pass from Neto, but his long-range shot, with the goalkeeper off his line, went wide.

Valencia's sixth victory in seven La Liga matches lifted the team above Real Madrid and into third before the defending champions host Girona on Sunday.

Barcelona lead Atletico Madrid by eight points at the top. Barca will host Athletic Bilbao and Atletico will visit Villarreal on Sunday.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 34 +53 80
2 Atletico Madrid 34 +28 71
3 Real Madrid 34 +21 65
4 Getafe 34 +14 55
5 Sevilla FC 34 +17 55
6 Valencia 34 +9 52
7 Athletic Bilbao 34 -3 49
8 Alavés 34 -9 46
9 Espanyol 34 -9 43
10 Real Betis 34 -10 43
11 Real Sociedad 34 -3 41
12 Leganes 34 -6 41
13 Eibar 34 -5 40
14 Villarreal 34 -3 39
15 Levante 34 -10 37
16 Celta Vigo 34 -9 36
17 Real Valladolid 34 -18 35
18 Girona 34 -13 34
19 Huesca 34 -18 29
20 Rayo Vallecano 34 -26 28