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Spanish Primera BBVA

Mestalla (ATT 34,000) 17th February 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: M Perez Lasa

Valencia Valencia vs Real Mallorca Mallorca

Valencia 2

T Costa (S/O 28)
R Costa (60)
R Soldado (81)

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Mallorca 0

Ten-man Valencia rise to see off Mallorca

Last Updated: 17/02/13 6:58pm

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Giovani dos Santos controls the ball for Mallorca

Giovani dos Santos controls the ball for Mallorca

Ten-man Valencia claimed an unlikely 2-0 win to add to struggling Real Mallorca's relegation worries in the Primera Division.

Things looked to be going wrong for the hosts when a slow start was compounded by having midfielder Tino Costa sent off in the 28th minute.

But Mallorca could not take advantage and went behind in the 59th minute when Ricardo Costa headed Valencia in front.

Roberto Soldado doubled the lead in the 81st minute to boost his side's top-four hopes and leave Mallorca rooted in the bottom three.

Mallorca were the first to threaten with Alejandro Alfaro seeing his shot tipped over by Diego Alves.

The home goalkeeper had to be alert again to parry a right-footed effort from Giovani Dos Santos from 18 yards before Mallorca got a further boost shortly before the half-hour mark.

Tino Costa was shown a straight red card for a bad foul on Jose Nunes to leave the hosts to play for more than an hour with a man less.

But it was the 10 men who struck first 14 minutes after the break.

Sergio Canales swung in a corner from the right and defender Ricardo Costa rose to head it home from the centre of the area.

Mallorca pressed in search of a leveller with Jose Luis Marti heading wide and Tomas Pina over from corners.

But it did not come and instead the visitors were undone again at the back.

Dani Parejo's pass set up Soldado, who made no mistake with a low right-footed finish.

Diego Alves produced a fine double save in injury time to deny Mallorca even a consolation, parrying first from Giovani and then from Marti as the visitors were left frustrated.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22