First Division - Day 18

Valencia 3 - Villarreal 3

Valencia: Renan; Albelda, Raúl Albiol (Edu 72'), Marchena, Moretti (Del Horno 61'); Baraja, Manuel Fernandes (Maduro 55'); Joaquín, David Silva, Mata; David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Diego López; Ángel, Gonzalo (Fuentes 22'), Godín, Capdevila; Cazorla, Bruno (Pires 63'), Eguren (Edmilson 46'), Ibagaza; Rossi, Llorente. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Valencia: Marchena, Manuel Fernandes for Miguel, Maduro / Villarreal: Bruno, Ibagaza, Llorente for Marcos Senna, Nihat, Pires.

1-0. 02. Baraja. Got clear of marker to head Joaquín cross wide of Diego López.
2-0. 10. David Villa. Picked up Albelda and turned Godín before beating keeper.
2-1. 45. Fuentes. Ran in to head past Renan after Godín headed on corner.
2-2. 76. Llorente. Beat keeper at second attempt after first shot saved.
3-2. 78. Edu. Steered header inside post after Mata crossed in following corner.
3-3. 84. Rossi (penalty). After Joaquín pulled down Capdevila inside area.

Yellow cards: Eguren 20', Bruno 48', Baraja 52', Fuentes 59'.

Valencia and Villarreal drew 3-3 in a thrilling local derby on Saturday evening, a result which left them third and sixth respectively in the table. Baraja headed Emery's side in to the lead after Joaquín crossed in following a short corner with only two minutes gone, and Villa made it two soon afterwards after running on to Albelda's pass to beat Godín and shoot inside the near post.

A few minutes later Renan tipped a chipped shot from Ibagaza on to the crossbar, and Gonzalo also hit the bar with a header from a corner. Llorente headed a good chance wide, but Silva hit the bar at the other end on a quick counter-attack. And Mata hit the post again before Fuentes pulled one back for the visitors, running in to head past the keeper after Godín headed on a corner on the stroke of half time.

Villa wasted a chance to increase the lead after the restart, but soon afterwards Llorente levelled the scores, beating Renan with a shot in off the bar after the keeper had saved his first effort. Just two minutes later Edu restored the lead, heading in Mata's cross for his first goal since joining the club. But a hotly disputed Rossi penalty after Joaquín pulled back Capdevila saved a point for the visitors.