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November 26, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero) — Madrid
Referee:‬ Javier Estrada‎
Attendance:‬ 13000‎
 
84′ Raúl Tamudo
Jonas 21′
 
Tino Costa 57′
Top of the Match
Jonas
Jonas
Valencia CF
Tino Costa
Tino Costa
Valencia CF
Flop of the Match
Cobeño
Cobeño
Rayo Vallecano
Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado
Valencia CF

Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Valencia: Jonas and Tino Costa strike in slender win for Unai Emery's side

Los Che continue their superb record of scoring in each La Liga fixture as they put pressure on Real Madrid and Barcelona atop the table after strolling to victory at Vallecas

By Daniel Quinton-Navarro

Tino Costa, Jonas, Rami, Valencia, Genk
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Valencia returned to winning ways in La Liga with a 2-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano at Vallecas after Jose Ramon Sandoval's side netted an 85th minute goal to ensure a dramatic finish to the match.

Jonas provided the only action of the first-half with a superb strike from the edge of the area and Tino Costa doubled the lead for the visitors after 57 minutes.

Rayo scored in the final 10 minutes through Raul Tamudo to ensure it was an uncomfortable end to the match for Unai Emery's men, who bounced back from last weekend's league defeat to Real Madrid.

Neither side were able to control the opening stages of the match, with possession constantly changing from one side to the other with few chances being created.

After 20 minutes where there hadn't been a meaningful strike on goal, the ball fell to Jonas who hit an unstoppable, low drive into the corner of the net to put Valencia ahead.

The match turned stagnant following Jonas' strike with a sustained period of play where both sides adopted an ugly style of play, hoisting the ball forward in the air.

Sandoval's side did manage to work their first shot on goal after 40 minutes when Jose Movilla's freekick was headed goal-wards only for Diego Alves to tip it around the post.

The Brazilian shot-stopper was on hand to save in spectacular fashion from Andrija Delibasic early in the second half after Piti's precise cross found the Montenegro striker, who managed to direct a header on target.

Valencia doubled their advantage through a beautifully crafted goal consisting of nine passes in a perfectly executed counter attack initiated by David Albelda.

The break ended in Roberto Soldado combining with Sofiane Feghouli in a neat one-two. The Frenchman then slid the ball to the far post where Costa was on hand to send a lethal shot into the opposite corner past a helpless David Cobeno.

With the match approaching full-time, Rayo Vallecano were given a lifeline five minutes from time. Substitute Raul Tamudo bustled his way into a scoring position before poking the ball beyond Alves to halve the deficit.

Valenica had opportunities to re-establish their two goal lead in the closing minutes but it was the home side who finished the stronger as they went in search of the equaliser, only to fail in their pursuit with Triguero Tito passing up a glorious chance to snatch a point at the death for Rayo.

The win moves Emery’s side to within four points of Real Madrid, who play later on Saturday evening.

Rayo remain in mid-table but travel to Camp Nou in their next game on Tuesday to face Barcelona.




Rayo Vallecano

1
Cobeño
Goalkeeper
1.50
-
Casado
Defender
2.00
25
Jordi Figueras
Defender
2.50
14
Arribas
Defender
2.50
2
Tito
Midfielder
88′
2.00
27
Lass
Midfielder
3.00
15
Javi Fuego
Midfielder
48′
2.00
9
Michu
Midfielder
2.50
7
Movilla
Striker
71′
1.50
10
Piti
Striker
64′
2.50
23
3.00

Valencia CF

3.50
1
Diego Alves
Goalkeeper
91′
3.00
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
91′
3.00
-
Dealbert
Defender
3.00
4
Adil Rami
Defender
3.00
19
Barragán
Midfielder
3.00
22
3.50
24
Tino Costa
Midfielder
57′
3.50
7
Jonas
Midfielder
21′ 69′
3.00
-
Albelda
Striker
41′
3.00
8
3.00
9

Substitutes

-
Dani
Goalkeeper
0.00
22
2.00
-
0.00
17
Trashorras
Midfielder
71′
2.50
25
Rafa García
Midfielder
0.00
10
Koke
Striker
0.00
20
3.00

Substitutes

0.00
13
Guaita
Goalkeeper
2.50
20
0.00
5
Mehmet Topal
Midfielder
2.50
11
2.50
17
0.00
21
Parejo
Midfielder
0.00
2
Bruno
Defender

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

3.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0