First Division - Day 23

Valencia 3 - Betis 1

Valencia: Hildebrand; Caneira, Raúl Albiol, Iván Helguera, Moretti; Maduro (Banega 60'), Marchena; Joaquín, David Silva (Arizmendi 78'), Mata (Sunny 71'); David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Ricardo; Damià, Alex Ortíz, Juanito, Fernando Vega (Babic 65'); Arzu, Rivera; José Mari (Sobis 46'), Capi, Xisco (Caffa 46'); Edu. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valencia: David Silva for Banega / Betis: Alex Ortíz, José Mari, Xisco for Melli, Caffa, Pavone.

1-0. 16. David Villa. Collected Moretti pass and ran on to shoot past Ricardo.
2-0. 28. David Silva. Picked up Villa's pass and steered shot wide of keeper.
2-1. 47. Edu. Got ahead of defence to head Caffa free kick past Hildebrand.
3-1. 89. David Villa. Curled free kick over defensive wall and inside near post.

Valencia moved to within a point of the top six after beating Betis 3-1 in the last match on Sunday. Ronald Koeman's side had not scored in almost seven hours at the Mestalla stadium, but David Villa put them ahead early on after picking up a pass from Moretti, referee Daudén Ibáñez waving away appeals for offside.

Silva added a second twelve minutes later, Daudén failing to note that Villa handled in the build up, and Edu headed one back two minutes in to the second half from Caffa's long free kick, the referee and his linesman again not picking up a clear offside.

Banega brought a couple of good saves out of Ricardo after that, but Betis had a penalty appeal turned down and Juanito headed against the crossbar soon afterwards. But with the game coming to an end Villa wrapped things up with his second of the night, his well struck free kick finding the top corner of the net. Valencia were back, and they have the European spots in their sights.