First Division - Day 5

Valencia 4 - Deportivo 2

Valencia: Renan; Miguel, Raúl Albiol, Alexis, Moretti; Albelda, Edu (Manuel Fernandes 62'); Joaquín, David Villa (Angulo 83'), Mata; Morientes (Vicente 70'). 4-2-3-1.
Deportivo: Aranzubia; Laure, Lopo, Zé Castro, Filipe Luis; Antonio Tomás (Lafita 60'), Juan Rodríguez; Pablo Alvarez, Verdú, Guardado (Riki 72'); Mista (Omar Bravo 60'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valencia: Moretti, Edu, Joaquín, Morientes for Del Horno, Manuel Fernandes, Pablo Hernández, Angulo / Deportivo: Laure, Antonio Tomás, Pablo Alvarez, Verdú, Mista for Piscu, De Guzman, Sergio, Cristian, Bodipo.

0-1. 11. Moretti (own goal). Deflected Pablo Alvaro cross past keeper on near post.
1-1. 34. Mata. Steered header back in to net after Lopo headed out Joaquín cross.
2-1. 49. David Villa. Cut in from left of area and stuck shot under legs of Aranzubia.
3-1. 68. Joaquín. Swept ball in from close up after Villa and Mata set him up.
4-1. 82. David Villa. Got on end of Mata cross to turn ball past keeper on far post.
4-2. 85. Lafita. Picked up Pablo Alvarez pass and ran in from right wing to score.

Yellow cards: Filipe 23', Laure 71', Albelda 86', Moretti 86'.

Valencia hold on to top spot after a 4-2 win over Deportivo on Sunday evening. The visitors had not scored in four matches, but they took the lead when Moretti deflected Pablo Alvarez's cross past his own keeper in the eleventh minute. After that though they hardly approached Renan, and after Joaquín and Mata went close, Mata headed the equaliser from Joaquín's cross.

Four minutes after the restart Valencia went ahead, David Villa picking up a pass from Mata wide on the left and cutting in to fire a shot which Aranzubia could only deflect in to his own net. Mata was in action again a few minutes later, taking a pass from Villa and squaring for Joaquín to make it three, and Joaquín and Vicente both came close before Mata once again set up a fourth goal for Villa. Lafita got another one back near the end with defenders waiting in vain for an offside whistle, but it was mere consolation.