The South American's wonderful strike lit up what was in the main an uninspiring affair...
Costa produced a piece of sublime skill to volley home, and despite a brief spell of pressure from the Azulones, defender David Navarro hammered home from close range to secure the win for Los Che.
The moment of the contest came early, and it will definitely be in the running for goal of the season. Tino Costa fizzed the ball into the feet of Juan Mata, who angled the ball perfectly back into the Argentine’s path.
Costa then chested the ball upwards before unleashing an unstoppable volley past the helpless Codina in the visiting goal, and sent the Mestalla into raptures.
However, Los Che did not build on their 8th minute breakthrough, and their lack of urgency allowed Getafe back into the match. Manu ran through on the left, showing the Valencia defence a quick pair of heels, but Miguel Moya stayed strong to block his effort.
On half-time, David Navarro was robbed of possession by Daniel Parejo, who almost fed Adrian Colunga but saw his effort blocked, and Emery cut a concerned figure on the touchline.
However, the win was sealed just after the hour mark. Tino Costa’s wonderful whipped delivery found the head of Navarro, and although Codina parried his initial effort, he lashed home the rebound to effectively kill off any hopes Getafe had of taking anything from the match.
Indeed from that moment onwards, it was only the hosts that looked more likely of influencing the scoreline further. Young striker Isco replaced Aritz Aduriz and should have scored when clean through, while Joaquin’s stinging shot rebounded off the post.
However, the two goals were enough to end Valencia's run of four matches without a league victory, and return them to the Champions League positions, while Getafe Michel is likely to be under further pressure after observing his side sink to another unwanted result.