Miroslav Djukic's men made it two straight wins in the Europa League to put themselves just a point behind Group A leaders Swansea CityFede Cartabia scored twice as Valencia romped to a 5-1 Europa League victory over Swiss side St. Gallen at Mestalla.
The Argentine starlet netted his first and second goals for the club as Miroslav Djukic’s side closed the gap behind Swansea City at the top of Group A to a solitary point.
The five-goal show gave the hosts a much-needed morale boost having lost to Real Sociedad in La Liga at the weekend.
It was Paco Alcacer who opened the scoring by tucking away a rebound before Cartabia netted twice in the space of nine minutes to have Valencia 3-0 ahead by the half-hour mark.
The winger’s first goal was a deflected effort before he took advantage of a goalkeeping error from Daniel Lopar, who endured a difficult night.
Ricardo Costa soon headed home a fourth and the fifth goal eventually arrived in the 71st minute when Sergio Canales capped off an impressive individual display by finding the net from a free-kick.
Stephane Nater’s goal for the visitors was scant consolation and they now sit four points adrift of Swansea, who drew 1-1 at home to Kuban Krasnodar in the group’s other game.
Speaking after the match, Djukic was understandably thrilled with his side’s performance.
The coach said: “We played a good, intense game and I’m happy because we restricted our rival to very few chances.
“Against Swansea we had a man sent off after 10 minutes and we felt that loss heavily. The team has recovered and competed well since then, but we are aware we have not won anything yet.
“Some players who did well tonight have shown the others in the squad that they will not be allowed to relax and be sure of their place in the team.”