Javi Guerra scored three second-half goals in heavy fog at Jose Zorilla Stadium on Monday to help Valladolid earn a much-needed 3-0 win over 10-man Celta Vigo.
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Valladolid’s second home victory of the season and first since August lifted it out of the Spanish league’s relegation zone and put it level on points with Celta.
Valladolid goalkeeper Diego Marino made a superb diving save to tap Charles’s header over the bar in the 33rd minute. And Marino then got the Celta striker sent off in the 56th when he craftily kicked the ball into Charles to draw a second yellow card for obstruction.
Four minutes later Guerra volleyed in a pass from Patrick Ebert. He gently lofted a header over the reach of goalie Yoel Rodriguez in the 67th before sidefooting home his third in the 86th.
The Valladolid striker has 10 goals in 16 rounds, tying him with Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann as the third-leading scorer in the league behind Diego Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo with 17 goals each.
”I’m having some luck with my goals and enjoying a good run,” said Guerra. ”We were playing for a lot tonight. We needed these three points to get some confidence back. We are a humble team and now we can breathe easier.”
Valladolid’s win meant Almeria slid down into the drop zone along with Rayo Vallecano and bottom side Real Betis.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid lead the league with Real Madrid trailing five points behind.