Dani Parejo leads Valencia to testy victory over Sevilla
A brace of goals from Dani Parejo helped Valencia to a 3-1 victory over Sevilla at the Mestalla Stadium in a lively encounter that produced three penalties.
Parejo gave Valencia the lead from the spot on 19 minutes and doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark when he slid a low shot past Sevilla goalkeeper Beto.
Parejo then gave Sevilla a route back into the match in the 36th minute when he tripped Alvaro Negredo in the area and Carlos Bacca made no mistake from 12 yards.
Sevilla were awarded another penalty five minutes later but Bacca was denied as Valencia stopper Diego Alves saved with his legs.
Javi Vuego made sure of Valencia’s victory shortly before the hour mark when he unleashed a ferocious shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Victory saw Valencia move ahead of Unai Emery’s side and into fourth spot in the Primera Division.
New Granada coach Abel Resino saw his side snatch a late point away to relegation rivals Deportivo La Coruna as his first match in charge ended in a 2-2 draw.
Piti had given Granada a sixth-minute lead but Depor turned the game around with two goals in the space of five minutes from Jose Rodriguez and Lucas Perez, and they seemed well set for the three points.
However, Robert Ibanez struck with seven minutes left and Depor finished the match with 10 men after Luis Farina was sent off in the closing stages.
Granada remain bottom of the standings with just two wins from their 20 league fixtures, while Deportivo are two points clear of the drop zone in 15th place.
Christian Stuani scored a brace and Felipe Caicedo was on target yet again to give Espanyol a comfortable 3-0 victory over struggling Almeria.
Stuani struck twice in the space of three minutes towards the end of the first half and then after the break substitute Caicedo hit a fifth goal in four matches to put the game beyond doubt and seal a fourth consecutive home win for the Catalans in all competitions.
Sergio Gonzalez’s side move up to ninth in the Primera Division table after the win, 10 points clear of Almeria, who occupy the final spot in the relegation zone.
Javi Guerra’s strike 12 minutes from time ensured seventh-placed Malaga claimed a 1-1 draw at Atletico Bilbao, whose four-game losing streak in the Primera Division was brought to a halt.
Guerra’s strike came just eight minutes after defender Mikel San Jose had given 13th-placed Bilbao the lead.
It was the second time the teams had drawn against each other in a week, following on from their stalemate in the Copa del Rey at La Rosaleda, with the return leg at San Mames taking place on Thursday.