Valencia have climbed to second in the La Liga table, thanks to an impressive 3 – 0 win over a despondent Getafe side. Rodrigo Moreno grabbed the headlines for both the right and the wrong reasons, scoring a goal and subsequently seeing red.
Meanwhile Paco Alcacer was also on target with his third goal in four matches, with Andre Gomes also opening his account for Los Che.
Nuno Espirito Santo named the same XI who put three goals past Espanyol a week ago, and his decision paid dividends a mere seven minutes into the match.
It was young striker Alcacer who popped up with the goal against the side with whom he spent 12 fruitful months on loan. He exchanging passes with Rodrigo, before slotting the ball past former Los Che keeper Guaita from a tight angle.
Within 20 minutes, the visitors had doubled their lead, thanks to a flowing passing move nicely rounded off by Andre Gomes.
This time Alcacer turned provider, as he combined with former Benfica stars Rodrigo and Andre Gomes. The latter picked the ball up from the Spaniard and sending Guaita the wrong way with a low finish, his first in a Valencia shirt.
The goal effectively wrapped up the match, with Getafe on the whole offering very little throughout. Cosmin Contra had neglected to name any natural strikers in his side, relying on a solid defence which had failed him miserably.
With a match against Cordoba on Thursday, an away trip to Real Sociedad at the weekend, fitness is an important factor for Valencia. So with Getafe posing little threat, and the match firmly under their control, Santo could afford to withdraw goal scorer Alcacer, captain Dani Parejo and Pablo Piatti.
Minute of Madness
Valencia were in complete control, but struggled to find a third, until they were gifted an opportunity by Naldo in the second half. The Getafe centre-half pointlessly tripped substitutes Sofiane Feghouli, allowing Rodrigo, who had quite easily been the best player on the pitch, to calmly score from the spot.
Rather unfortunately, smiles turned to frowns, as the Spaniard saw red just a minute later, picking up a second yellow after a poor challenge on Escudero. Such was the level of control Valencia had enjoyed, the sending off had little bearing on the match, with Getafe already beaten.
Contra may rue the decision not to be more aggressive and attack their opponents whilst at home, with the result leaving them in 16th. But with a rather promising set of fixtures to come, they can recover.
As for Valencia, who seem to be going from strength to strength, will be comforted by the fact that they can win so easily without the likes of Feghouli or even Alvaro Negredo.
Getafe: Guaita, Sergio Escudero, Juan Valera, Alexis, Naldo, Juan Rodriguez, Diego Castro, Hinestroza, Sammir, Lafita, Pablo Sarabia
Valencia: Diego Alves, Otamendi, Rúben Vezo, Barragán, Dani Parejo, André Gomes, José Gata, Javi Fuego, Rodrigo, Paco Alcacer, Pablo Piatti.
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