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2018-2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Carlos Soler (29')
  • Santi Mina (34')
  • Kevin Gameiro (68')
  • Ximo Navarro (12')

Valencia in pole position for fourth with win over Alaves

Valencia took control of the battle for the final Champions League qualifying place in La Liga by beating visitors Alaves 3-1 to climb above Getafe into fourth place on Sunday.

Getafe's 2-0 defeat at Barcelona means Valencia are level with them on 58 points and one game to go but have a better head-to-head record against the Madrid side.

Marcelino's side, who endured a painful Europa League semifinal defeat by Arsenal on Thursday, made a slow start in front of a nervous Mestalla crowd and fell behind early on when Ximo Navarro headed home.

Valencia struggled to create chances but were gifted an equaliser when Carlos Soler raced onto the loose ball after visiting defender Ruben Duarte's attempted header back to goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco fell short.

Three minutes later the hosts were in front when Santi Mina headed in Dani Parejo's corner before strike partner Kevin Gameiro scored with a back-post header 20 minutes from time.

Valencia travel to Real Valladolid in the final game of the season next Saturday, while Getafe host Villarreal.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 12 +18 25
2 Real Madrid 12 +16 25
3 Atletico Madrid 13 +7 24
4 Sevilla FC 13 +3 24
5 Real Sociedad 13 +7 23
6 Athletic Bilbao 13 +5 20
7 Getafe 13 +3 20
8 Granada 13 +2 20
9 Valencia 13 +1 20
10 Osasuna 13 +3 19
11 Villarreal 13 +7 18
12 Levante 13 0 17
13 Real Valladolid 13 -3 17
14 Alavés 13 -4 15
15 Eibar 13 -7 15
16 Mallorca 13 -7 14
17 Real Betis 13 -8 13
18 Celta Vigo 13 -12 9
19 Espanyol 13 -16 8
20 Leganes 13 -15 6