Valencia: Diego Alves; Joao Pereira, Adil Rami,
Mathieu, Cissokho; Albelda (Víctor Ruíz 67'), Dani Parejo; Jonas
(Bernat 84'), Banega, Canales (Feghouli 34'); Soldado. 4-2-3-1.
Málaga: Willy Caballero; Jesús Gámez, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu; Camacho (Sergio Sánchez 64'), Iturra (Piazon 85'); Joaquín, Baptista, Isco; Saviola (Duda 46'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 25. Dani Parejo. Collected Banega pass and battled through to beat keeper.
2-0. 28. Soldado. Steered shot past Caballero on far post from Cissokho cross.
3-0. 30. Soldado (penalty). After Demichelis brought down Banega inside area.
4-0. 31. Canales. Turned ball back in to net after Caballero saved Jonas shot.
4-1. 45. Baptista. Curled free kick over defensive wall in to near top corner of net.
5-1. 53. Banega. Picked up ball on left of area and cut in to fire shot across Willy.
Yellow cards: Demichelis 29', Banega 36', Isco 46', Albelda 50', Camacho 50', Weligton 69', Duda 70', Jesús Gámez 86'.
A whirlwind six minutes around the half hour mark were enough for Valencia to clock up a convincing 5-1 win against Málaga, one of their direct rivals for the Champions League spots. The locals had two or three chances before Banega played on Soldado's cross for Dani Parejo to open the scoring in the twenty-fifth minute, and Soldado made it two a couple of minutes later after connecting with Cissokho's cross. The Spanish international striker scored a third from the penalty spot after Demichelis brought him and Banega down in the area in the following play, and less than a minute after that Canales got the fourth on the follow up after Caballero could only push out an angled shot from Jonas. Baptista did pull one back with a direct free kick on the stroke of half time, but Banega picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area to make it five just ten minutes in to the second half, and although Joaquín, Baptista and Piazón went close later on, the game was already well over. Valencia move to within a point of fourth placed Real Sociedad pending their game tomorrow, and next weekend's visit by the Ches to the Anoeta stadium could decide who takes that fourth Champions League spot.