Valencia: Guaita; Miguel, Rami, Dealbert,
Mathieu; Feghouli (Piatti 75'), Albelda, Tino Costa, Jordi Alba (Bernat 81');
Soldado, Aduríz (Jonas 70'). 4-4-2.
Sporting: Juan Pablo; Lora, Botía, Gregory, Canella (Ayoze 39'); Rivera, Eguren; Miguel De las Cuevas, André Castro (Bilic 73'), Carmelo (Colunga 59'); Barral. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 33. Feghouli. Impressive shot in off crossbar after Matieu crossed from left.
2-0. 74. Botía (own goal). Deflected Feghouli shot in to own net from inside area.
3-0. 91. Jonas. Got ahead of marker to head Rami's cross wide of Juan Pablo.
4-0. 94. Jonas. Picked up Soldado pass and poked shot under advancing keeper.
Yellow cards: Albelda 55', Botía 57'.
Third placed Valencia reduced the gap behind Barcelona to eight points after the Ches beat Sporting Gijón 4-0 on Sunday evening. Needing a win to get over their midweek cup defeat, Emery lined up with Aduríz and Soldado up front. And Aduríz in particular went close two or three times before Feghouli latched on to Mathieu's cross to fire an impressive shot in off the crossbar. Aduríz and Soldado failed to hit the target either side of half time, and Tino Costa brought the save of the evening out of Juan Pablo with a first time shot soon after the restart. With a quarter of an hour to go Botía could only deflect a wayward shot from Feghouli in to his own net, and Soldado came up against Juan Pablo twice and the bar once in one frenetic attack. With the match coming to an end substitute Jonas scored two more, the first a header from Rami's cross and the second after Soldado put him through, to take his side eight points clear of fourth spot and to leave the Asturians further down in the drop zone.