First Division - Day 3

Valencia 2 - Betis 3

Valencia: Diego Alves; Cancelo, Garay, Mangala, Gayà (Montoya 44’); Mario Suárez (Alvaro Medrán 46‘), Dani Parejo, Enzo Pérez; Rodrigo, Santi Mina (Munir 63‘), Nani. 4-3-3.
Betis: Adán; Piccini, Mandi, Pezzella, Durmisi; Petros, Fabián (Felipe Gutiérrez 20’), Brasanac; Joaquín (Musonda 68’), Alex Alegría (Zozulya 82‘), Rubén Castro. 4-3-3.

0-1. 38. Rubén Castro. Controlled Piccini centre and curled shot past Diego Alves.
0-2. 54. Joaquín. Ran on to long ball out of defence and steered shot past keeper.
1-2. 75. Rodrigo. Picked up Dani Parejo pass and drove low shot under keeper.
2-2. 78. Garay. Turned shot back past Adán after keeper saved Munir header
2-3. 92. Rubén Castro. Got on the end of Piccini cross to turn ball in on far post.

Yellow cards: Enzo Pérez 22’, Brasanac 56’, Piccini 63’, Nani 69’, Petros 71’, Musonda 72’ / red cards: Enzo Pérez 50’.

Valencia stay in the drop zone after they lost 2-3 to Betis on Sunday, their third defeat in a row leaving them joint bottom with Celta. The Ches got off to the better start, Gayà, Santi Mina and Nani bringing good saves out of Adán. However with seven minutes to go to the interval Rubén Castro curled a shot past Diego Alves to give the visitors the lead, and soon after the restart the home side were left with ten men when Enzo Pérez was red carded for a hard tackle on Durmisi. A few minutes later Joaquín ran on to a long ball from Durmisi to make it two, but substitute Munir hit the bar, and Cancelo fired a shot into the side netting before Rodrigo pulled one back. Three minutes later Garay levelled the scores after Adán could only push out a header from Munir, and the visiting keeper had to make further saves from Munir and Rodrigo. However with the game in the second minute of injury time Castro got on the end of Piccini’s centre to give the Andalusians the three points.