Los Che labored to their fifth straight victory...Valencia needed a last minute goal from Aritz Aduriz to secure a 4-3 win over a Malaga side who finished the match with nine men in a roller coaster encounter.
The Andalucians raced into a shock lead after just ten minutes when Rondon got to the end of Apono's cross to stab home the opener from close range. Malaga's advantage was immediately stripped away five minutes later when Martin Demichelis was given a straight red card after a foul on Juan Mata inside the box. Mata stepped up and coverted the spotkick confidently to level proceedings.
Despite going a man down, it was Manuel Pellegrini's side who looked the more dangerous but Rondon spurned two quick-fire chances to bag a sensational first half hat-trick when he was twice denied by Guaita in a one-on-one.
However on 34 minutes, Rondon would not miss the opportunity to put his team back infront as he once again struck from close range after connecting with Duda's freekick delivery.
Valencia coach Unai Emery made two changes at the break, sending in Roberto Soldado and Ever Banega and it paid off almost instantly. Seven minutes into the restart, Pablo Hernandez's diagonal through ball into the box found Soldado, who did brilliantly to side-foot his shot into the opposite corner of the goal to make it 2-2.
Malaga's evening got worse when Helder Rosario was sent off for dissent towards the linesman. And he was made to pay for the dismissal as just two minutes later, Los Che took the lead. A corner was poorly cleared by goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, and Ever smashed the loose ball into the bottom corner from outside the box.
Valencia, however, failed to kill off the contest despite their possession and extra personnel. And it was a lightning counter attack that allowed Los Boquerones to level the game at 3-3 with just 13 minutes on the clock. Recio fed a through ball to Julio Baptista, who shook off two defenders before rifling a piledriver past the oustretched Guaita.
The home sides finally picked up the pace again in the final ten minutes as jeers began to rain down from the stands. Aritz Aduriz missed two excellent chances but in the 89th minute, he finally found the back of the net to seal a pulsating 4-3 victory, smashing the ball home from close range after a pin-point cutback from Soldado.
The win lifted Valencia to third in the standings, one point ahead of Villarreal who are only in action in Sunday's late kick-off against Real Sociedad. Malaga, despite their valiant effort, could find themselves back in the relegation zone by the end of the round.
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