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First Division - Day 19

Valencia 3 - Almería 2

Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán (Cancelo 44’), Mustafi, Lucas Orbán, Gayà; Javi Fuego (Negredo 60‘); Rodrigo, Dani Parejo, Andrés Gomes ((De Paul 80’), Enzo Pérez; Paco Alcácer. 4-1-4-1.
Almería: Julián; Ximo Navarro, Fran Vélez, Trujillo, Dubarbier; Verza, Thomas (Soriano 82‘); Edgar, Corona (Romera 86‘), Wellington Silva (Mauro Dos Santos 71‘); Hemed. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 11. Dani Parejo. Got on the end of Barragán cross to poke shot past Julián.
1-1. 13. Hemed. Turned shot inside near post after Wellington crossed from left.
2-1. 28. Rodrigo. Slid shot in from close up after Alcácer turned ball across goal.
2-2. 33. Hemed. Header from Verza corner with took deflection in off Gomes.
3-2. 83. Negredo. Got above defence to head Gayà centre down past keeper.

Yellow cards: Thomas 40’, Lucas Orbán 57’, Dubarbier 81’, De Paul 86’.

Valencia are up to third in the table pending Sunday’s games after 3-2 victory over Almería on Saturday evening. The Ches needed a good result to help them forget their midweek elimination from the cup, and with just over ten minutes gone Dani Parejo ran on to Barragán’s return pass to poke a shot past Julián. However two minutes later Hemed got on the end of a Wellington Silva cross to level the scores, and although Rodrigo restored the lead after Andres Gomes and Paco Alcácer combined to set him up a few minutes later, Hemed equalized again with a header from a Verza corner which took a deflection off Gomes to wrong-foot Diego Alves. Hemed came close to a hat-trick when he headed another corner against the crossbar before the break, and at half time Nuno turned to Negredo, who had started on the bench against his old side. Rodrigo rattled the crossbar again after the restart, but it was not until seven minutes from the end that Negredo headed the winner after Gayà crossed in from the left wing.