Valencia: Diego Alves; Joao Pereira, Rami
(Víctor Ruíz 63'), Ricardo Costa, Cissokho; Tino Costa, Gago;
Feghouli, Jonas (Banega 81'), Guardado; Soldado (Nelson Valdez 88'). 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe Luis; Tiago (Mario Suárez 69'), Gabi (Raúl García 66'); Adrián, Emre (Cristian Rodríguez 56'), Arda Turan; Falcao. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 20. Soldado. Spectacular first time volley on the turn from Rami's long pass.
2-0. 91. Valdez. Ran on to Feghouli through ball and rounded keeper to score.
Yellow cards: Turan 18', Tiago 60', Ricardo Costa 61', 89', Pereira 85', Cissokho 86', Miranda 86', Falcao 87' / red cards: Ricardo Costa 89'.
Second placed Atlético Madrid were unable to keep up the pace with leaders Barcelona, a 2-0 defeat at Valencia ending their record unbeaten run of 23 games. Diego Alves had to keep out Miranda in the opening minutes, but soon afterwards Soldado connected with Rami's long pass to put the locals ahead with a spectacular first time volley from right of the area. Neither side were taking prisoners though, and local coach Pellegrino was sent to the stands for protesting as the hard tackles weighed in. After the restart Turan, Juanfran and Falcao all failed to hit the target, and Falcao had a couple of penalty appeals turned down. Guardado tried his luck with a couple of long shots when he had colleagues better placed for a pass, and with a couple of minutes to go the locals were left with ten men when Ricardo Costa picked up a second booking. Atleti pushed forward looking for the equaliser, but with the game in injury time Feghouli put substitute Nelson Valdez through for him to round Courtois and score. A morale boosting win for the Ches, who move to within two points of the European spots.