Valencia: Guaita; Bruno, Stankevicius, David
Navarro, Mathieu; Banega (Joaquín 85'), Mehmet Topal, Tino Costa; Chori
Domíngez (Isco 74'); Soldado, Aduríz (Jordi Alba 84'). 4-3-1-2.
Hércules: Calatayud; David Cortés, Juanra, Rodríguez, Peña (Tiago Gomes 38'); Abel Aguilar (Drenthe 62'), Fritzler; Kiko Femenía, Tote, Thomert (Rufete 72'); Valdez. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 43. Aduríz. Picked up Soldado cross and forced shot past Calatayud.
2-0. 52. Tino Costa. Curled free kick over defensive wall wide of keeper.
Yellow cards: Banega 25', Navarro 28', Rodríguez 32', Chori Domínguez 33', Thomert 36'.
Valencia beat regional neighbours Hércules 2-0 in the last match of the weekend to move to within a point of third placed Villarreal. The Alicante based side have not scored away from home since late October, but Aguilar almost squeezed a shot past Guaita early on. Topal hit the post though later in the first half, and with a minute to go to the break Aduríz latched on to Soldado's cross to force a shot past Calatayud to open the scoring.
The visiting keeper did well to save from Aduríz soon after the restart, but a few minutes later he could do nothing to stop a Tino Costa free kick from bending past him in to the net. Later in the second half Guaita made the save of the night from Fritzler, and with a few minutes to go Juanra cleared a shot from Soldado off the line with the keeper beaten. A fourth defeat in a row though for Hércules, and they find themselves level with four other sides just a point above the relegation spots.