Valencia: César; Bruno, David Navarro
(Marchena 06'), Dealbert, Mathieu; Albelda (Baraja 70'), Banega; Pablo
Hernández (Chori Domínguez 68'), David Silva, Mata; David Villa.
Valladolid: Justo Villar; Pedro López, César Arzo, Nivaldo, Del Horno; Carlos Lázaro (Bueno 65'), Borja; Mendunjanin (Keko 81'), Canobbio, Jonathan Sesma (Pelé 46'); Diego Costa. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 09. Banega. Won ball outside area and ran on to shoot wide of Villar.
2-0. 29. David Villa. Guided header down past keeper from Banega's cross.
Yellow cards: Diego Costa 59', Pelé 89'.
Valencia kicked off the weekend with a 2-0 victory over Valladolid which consolidated them in third spot, albeit eight points behind Madrid. Banega gave them the lead in the ninth minute after winning the ball and running on to beat Villar, and the Argentinian midfielder set up David Villa to head the second with half an hour gone. The hosts could have added more after the restart though, and Valladolid's new coach Onésimo has some work to do if he is to turn things around.