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2020-2021 LaLiga
  • Carlos Soler (86' PEN)
  • Gonçalo Guedes (90'+1')
  • Gerard Moreno (40' PEN)

Late strikes secure Valencia much-needed win over Villarreal

Valencia scored twice in the last five minutes through Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes to beat visiting neighbours Villarreal 2-1 in La Liga and claim a much-needed three points for under-pressure coach Javi Gracia on Friday.

It seemed that Gerard Moreno's 39th minute penalty, awarded for handball following a VAR intervention, would be enough to secure the points - but Valencia's late show means it is now eight league games without a win for Unai Emery's side.

Villarreal should have doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime as defender Hugo Guillamon's error left former Valencia striker Paco Alcacer one-on-one with Jasper Cillessen.

However the Dutch goalkeeper's excellent save proved vital and kept his side in the contest.

Valencia were much improved after the break and pushed on in search of an equaliser. Daniel Wass saw a header bounce off the bar as it appeared to be one of those nights for the hosts, who had 25 shots - but just four on target -- over the 90 minutes.

But Soler equalised with a penalty four minutes from time after VAR deemed Maxi Gomez had been felled in the box, before substitute Guedes rifled home the winner in stoppage time.

The victory lifts Valencia to 11th on 30 points from 26 games, while Villarreal remain seventh with 37.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atletico Madrid 30 +32 67
2 Real Madrid 30 +29 66
3 Barcelona 30 +43 65
4 Sevilla FC 30 +20 61
5 Real Sociedad 30 +16 47
6 Real Betis 30 -3 47
7 Villarreal 30 +10 46
8 Granada 30 -14 39
9 Levante 30 -2 38
10 Celta Vigo 30 -7 37
11 Athletic Bilbao 30 +6 37
12 Cádiz 30 -18 35
13 Valencia 30 -5 34
14 Osasuna 30 -11 34
15 Getafe 30 -12 30
16 Huesca 30 -14 27
17 Real Valladolid 30 -14 27
18 Elche 30 -19 26
19 Alavés 30 -23 24
20 Eibar 30 -14 23