Valencia have leapfrogged Barcelona and now sit top in La Liga after a comfortable 3-0 win over Cordoba.
Los Che needed three goals to overtake former leaders Barca on goals scored and they obliged, with efforts from Paco Alcácer, José Gaya and Sofiane Feghouli.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side showed little signs of fatigue after beating Getafe by the same scoreline on Monday, with the manager able to call upon the talents of Feghouli and hand debuts to Joao Cancelo and Shkodran Mustafi.
Cordoba have not enjoyed the easiest of fixture lists, facing Sevilla last week and Real Madrid on the opening day of La Liga. And Albert Ferrer, much like many managers at the moment, was likely to be fearing a match-up against in-form Valencia.
Valencia started the match at a lighting pace, but Cordoba endured the early onslaught and held on until the 20th minute, when they were outdone by a brilliant effort from the in-form Alcacer.
The young forward, scoring in his fourth consecutive match, met Feghouli’s cross with a beautifully glanced header, which arced over Cordoba goalkeeper Juan Carlos and into the far corner of the goal.
A mere five minutes later, Valencia doubled their lead. Andre Gomes’ deflected effort fell into the path of José Gaya and the 19-year-old hit a thumping shot past the Cordoba stopper, his first goal for the senior side.
It looked as though the floodgates would not so much creak open but be blown off by the speed and power of Valencia’s attack, but Santo’s side seemed content with their early work.
The visitors did, however, come close to halving the deficit on the stroke of half-time, as the ball fell to Ghilas after a goalmouth scramble, but his effort was volleyed clear off the line by Diego Alves.
Andre Gomes nearly emphatically capitalised on a mistake by Juan Carlos, but he volleyed the keeper’s miss-kick agonisingly wide of the goal.
Points wrapped up
His miss would prove irrelevant however, as three minutes later Feghouli stuck a conclusive third for Valencia. The winger, in for the banned Rodrigo, added to his earlier assist with goal, latching onto Carles Gil’s through ball and firing across Carlos and into the corner.
Valencia: Diego Alves, Mustafi, Joao Cancelo, Otamendi, Javi Fuego, José Gaya, Feghouli, André Gomes, Dani Parejo, Pablo Piatti, Paco Alcacer
Cordoba: Juan Carlos, Inigo Lopez, José Crespo, Iago Bouzón, Gunino, Abel Gómez, Borja Garcia, Rossi, López Garai, Fede Vico, Ghilas
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