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First Division - Day 35

Valencia 3 - Eibar 1

Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gayà (Lucas Orban 60‘); Dani Parejo, Javi Fuego (Negredo 78‘), André Gomes; Feghouli, Paco Alcácer, De Paul (Piatti 67‘). 4-3-3.
Eibar: Irureta; Bóveda, Borja, Añibarro, Didac; Boateng, Dani García (Errasti 78‘); Capa, Manu del Moral (Angel 68‘), Saúl Berjón; Piovaccari (Arruabarrena 46‘). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 25. Otamendi. Got free of markers to head Gayà cross wide of Irureta.
2-0. 56. Dani Parejo. Shot from edge of area which took deflection off defender.
3-0. 71. Alcácer. Following up after Dani Parejo free kick came back off post.
3-1. 84. Arruabarrena. Drilled shot across keeper after Angel passed across.

Yellow cards: Dani García 70’, Piatti 88’, André Gomes 89’.

Valencia moved three points clear of Sevilla in the fight for the last Champions League spot after a 3-1 victory over Eibar on Sunday evening. The Ches started strongly, Irureta having to tip a long shot from De Paul over the bar and Paco Alcácer firing an effort just wide of the post. Piovaccari gave the home fans a scare with a header past the upright soon afterwards, but midway through the first half an unmarked Otamendi headed the opener from a Gayà cross, and Irureta had to save from De Paul again before the interval. Manu del Moral did cause a couple of problems for Diego Alves from two corners after the restart, but De Paul rattled the crossbar at the other end, and Dani Parejo made it two with a shot which deflected in off Borja after the ball came back out to him. Alcácer felt himself unlucky to have a strike ruled out for a questionable offside a few minutes later, but with twenty minutes to go he got his name on the scoresheet after Parejo’s free kick came back off the post. Arruabarrena got a late consolation for the Basque side after Angel set him up on a quick breakaway shortly before the final whistle, but they end the day just a point above the drop zone having only picked up four points in the second half of the season