First Division - Day 31

Valencia 5 - Cádiz 3

Valencia: Cañizares; Miguel, Marchena, David Navarro, Moretti; Albelda, Baraja (Edu 67'); Angulo (Jorge López 71'), Aimar, Regueiro; David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Cádiz: Límia; Varela (Vella 71'), De Quintana, Abraham Paz, Raúl López; Bezares, Fleurquín; Morán (Suárez 71'), Enrique, Jonathan Sesma; Lobos (Oli 77'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valencia: Marchena, Albelda, Angulo, Aimar for Ayala, Jorge López, Raúl Albiol, Mista / Cádiz: Enrique for Medina.

1-0. 02. David Villa. Steered header in to empty net after Baraja chipped across.
1-1. 12. Enrique. Following up after Cañizares pushed out header from Paz.
2-1. 33. Angulo. Ran on to Aimar pass to clip shot past Limia into net.
3-1. 36. David Navarro. Header over keeper on far post from Angulo free kick.
4-1. 57. Angulo. Ran on to Baraja cross to fire low shot under keeper.
4-2. 64. Jonathan Sesma. Got on end of Enrique free kick to head in on far post.
5-2. 65. David Villa. Connected with Regueiro square pass to turn ball past Limia.
5-3. 78. Jonathan Sesma. Curled free kick over wall into bottom corner of net.

An extraordinary match at the Mestalla stadium, where Valencia moved back up to third in the table after beating Cádiz 5-3. David Villa opened the scoring for the home side in only the second minute, Angulo playing the ball back from the by-line to Baraja, who crossed in for David Villa to guide a header in to the empty net. But ten minutes later the visitors were level, Enrique bundling the ball in to the net after Cañizares could only push out a header by Abraham Paz from a Lobos free kick.

The excitement continued, Angulo hitting the post and Enrique going wide at the other end. But with just over half an hour gone an inspired reverse pass by Aimar left Angulo free to run on and lift a shot past the advancing Limia. And three minutes later David Navarro got on the end of a long Angulo free kick to head the ball over the keeper for a third.

Jonathan Sesma had a penalty appeal turned down before the break, but the locals came out well after the restart, and Regueiro shot wide before Angulo made it four after Baraja set him up. Cádiz didn't give up though, and Sesma pulled one back with a diving header on the far post from Enrique's long free kick. Villa restored the three goal cushion after Aimar and Regueiro combined to set him up, but Sesma got his second of the night soon afterwards with a curling free kick. A festival of football, but little compensation for Cádiz who sink further down in the drop zone.