The visitors miss out on the chance to move six points clear in third, as Los Azulones continue their recent good form with an impressive comeback victory
Getafe came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Saturday night to leave Luis Garcia's side just a point away from sixth and a European position in the Liga table.
Roberto Soldado fired the visitors in front only five minutes into the match, but Pedro Rios levelled with an instinctive header soon after. Miku nodded home to put Geta ahead, and an own goal by Bruno Saltor added salt to Unai Emery’s wounds.
It appeared that Los Che were set to bounce back after the disappointing showing against Zaragoza in midweek as they took the lead early on. Jonas drove forward, laying off to Soldado on the right-side of the box, and the striker let fly into the top corner of the goal.
It was an emphatic start, but on 12 minutes the hosts were back on level terms. Jaime Gavilan was released down the left, and he delivered a perfect cross for Rios to head past Vicente Guaita.
The hosts were looking comfortable, and the home support sensed the momentum swinging towards their side. They were nearly silenced by a Valencia attack however, when Soldado flicked the ball over the defender but his resulting shot was smothered by goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya, who is on loan from his opponents.
After surviving the scare, Getafe found the lead on 24 minutes. Rios over-hit a cross from the right, which was rifled back into the mix by Gavilan, and Venezuelan international Miku was in the right place to nod home.
With half an hour gone, things got even better for Los Azulones. A free kick from the right was whipped in by Gavilan, and the ball deflected off defender Bruno and looped over Guaita, whose touch was not enough to prevent it going over the line.
Los Che needed a big performance to claw their way back into the game, and they asserted their dominance in the second half, but it was Getafe who looked the more threatening in front of goal on the counterattack.
Despite the possession, Valencia failed to produce anything of note. Jonas showed a flash of brilliance skipping into the box on 63 minutes, but his effort was caught with ease by Moya. Soon after, Soldado met a cross by Sofiane Feghouli but headed over with the goal at his mercy.
Los Che failed to find a way back into the game and not for the first time, they failed to capitalise after taking the lead. Emery's side have now dropped 20 points this season after being the first team to score.
Getafe, meanwhile, have won three of their last four league games as they move them temporarily into ninth place, only a point from a Europa League spot. Valencia remain in third but are now only three points ahead of Levante, who entertain Osasuna on Sunday.