Valencia: César; Miguel, Stankevicius,
Ricardo Costa, Mathieu; Mehmet Topal, Tino Costa (Dealbert 29'); Pablo
Hernández, Banega (Albelda 76'), Mata; Soldado (Aduríz 78').
Villarreal: Diego López; Mario Gaspar, Musacchio, Kiko, Capdevila (Marco Rubén 58'); Cazorla, Marchena, Bruno, Borja Valero (Joan Oriol 64'); Nilmar, Rossi (Wakaso 69'). 4-4-2.
1-0. 13. Soldado. Ran on to Miguel pass and beat Diego Löpez with angled shot.
2-0. 55. Mata. Picked up return pass and ran through to shoot wide of keeper.
3-0. 61. Banega. Turned shot past Diego after Pablo laid ball in from right by-line.
4-0. 72. Mata. Turned ball in to empty net after Soldado and Pablo combined.
5-0. 74. Soldado. Collected Topal pass and ean on to chip shot over keeper.
Yellow cards: Pablo 35', Musacchio 65', Kiko 83'.
The big match on Sunday was the clash between regional rivals Valencia and Villarreal, who are competing for the third spot in the league which gives the incumbent automatic access to the Champions League. In the end though it was no contest as the locals ran out 5-0 winners to increase the gap over their rivals to six points. Soldado started things off early on with his fifth goal in eight days, running on to Miguel's pass to beat Diego López. And only a couple of good saves by the visiting keeper prevented the striker from adding more before the break, Pablo also missing an easy chance and Nilmar and Valero testing César at the other end. Ten minutes after the restart though Mata picked up a return pass from Banega to make it two, and Banega himself scored a third after Pablo set him up soon afterwards. César did well to keep out Marco Rubén, but Mata and Soldado added two more in three minutes to make it clear who are the top dogs in the region at the moment. Villarreal are still looking good for the fourth Champions League spot though, Juan Carlos Garrido's side eight points clear of fifth placed Sevilla.