The playmaker netted a brace during a first-half flurry which saw three goals in less than 15 minutes to clinch the victory for the home side.
A first-half brace from Sofianne Feghouli and a second-half strike from Aritz Aduriz were enough to cancel out a solitary Diego Castro goal to give Valencia a 3-1 victory over Getafe at the Mestalla on Saturday afternoon.
From the opening whistle, Valencia easily took control of the match as Getafe looked content to sit back and let its opponents play a possession game. Umai Emery’s men were having difficulties in creating opportunities as the Getafe defense granted them no passing lanes and were defending with 10 men.
These problems would not plague Valencia for long.
When he was granted room to dribble freely for the first time in the game, Ever Banega sent in a cross from the right which found Jonas who had his volley blocked. On the first bounce, Feghouli struck the ball towards the ground and over keeper Miguel Angel Moya, opening the scoring in the 12th minute.
Getafe would respond in little more than 10 minutes. After a cross from Juan Valera on the right, a heading pass from Dani Guiza found Diego Castro who simply had to tip the ball past keeper Vicente Guaita to re-establish the deadlock.
The stalemate would only last for a minute as Valencia responded when Jonas found Banega, who went to the ground with shouts for a penalty, leaving the Getafe defense distracted. Still attentive, Jonas recovered the loose ball to find Feghouli who slid the ball past Moya for a brace.
In the second half, Los Che continued to attack the visitors’ goal but spurned several chances to increase the scoreline. In the 76th minute, the home side finally capitalized when Banega threaded a pin-point through ball for substitute Aduriz who managed to luckily get by a charging Moya to find the back of the keeper’s goal and confirm the victory for Valencia.
With the victory, Valencia is now level on 21 points with Barcelona and find itself only two points behind first-place Levante. The loss keeps Getafe in the lower section of the league table and near the relegation zone.