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First Division - Day 9

Valencia 3 - Elche 1

Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gayà; Dani Parejo, Javi Fuego; Rodrigo (Negredo 84’), André Gomes, Piatti (De Paul 81‘); Paco Alcácer (Robert Ibáñez 76‘). 4-2-3-1.
Elche: Manu Herrera; Damián Suárez, Enzo Roco, Lombán, Domingo Cisma; Mosquera, Adrián González (Fajr 79’); Rodrigues (Cristian Herrera 74‘), Víctor Rodríguez, Coro (Alvaro Giménez 46‘); Jonathas. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 13. Mustafi. Got above marker to head Piatti corner back past keeper.
2-0. 18. Dani Parejo. Ran in on near post to head Piatti corner across Manu.
3-0. 64. Lombán (own goal). Deflected ball in after Alcácer headed on corner.
3-1. 93. Jonathas. Got behind defence to head corner down past Diego Alves.

Yellow cards: Rodrigues 35’, Mosquera 70’.

Valencia won 3-1 against Elche on Saturday evening to stay a point behind second placed Real Madrid in the rankings. It was a celebratory night in the Mestalla stadium, and there was a packed crowd to welcome new owner Peter Lim, who had finally tied up the purchase of the club after ten months of negotiations. The Ches went two up with less than twenty minutes gone, Mustafi and then Dani Parejo heading in Piatti corners. And after that they kept up the pressure, visiting keeper Manu Herrera having to save from Paco Alcácer and Parejo before the break, and Piatti firing a shot just wide of the post after the restart. A few minutes later the locals went further in front, Alcácer heading on another Piatti corner which Lombán could only deflect in to his own net. Rodrigo went close, and Negredo came on for his first appearance since joining the club having recovered from a long injury, the Spanish international striker lobbing a shot just over the bar. Elche finally got something out of the game when Jonathas headed in a last minute corner, but it came too late to prevent his side dropping further down in to the relegation zone. This was Valencia’s night, and the fans are hoping for something big under the new management.