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Spanish Primera BBVA

Mestalla (ATT 50,000) 20th October 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

Valencia Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Ath Bilbao

Valencia 3

R Soldado (pen 26)
T Costa (88)
N Valdez (90)

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Ath Bilbao 2

A Aduriz (19, 30)
A Herrera (S/O 67)

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Valencia leave it late

Last Updated: 20/10/12 11:43pm

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It is joy for Valencia after their winner

It is joy for Valencia after their winner

Valencia snatched victory away from 10-man Athletic Bilbao with two late goals in a match between two of the Primera Division's most notable early-season strugglers.

Aritz Aduriz's first-half double, either side of a Roberto Soldado penalty, looked like it would be enough for Bilbao despite Ander Herrera's dismissal on 67 minutes.

But after Tino Costa levelled with just two minutes remaining, substitute Nelson Valdez popped up to head in the winner with barely any time left on the clock.

The on-loan striker's winner ensured Valencia retained their unbeaten home record in a season that has otherwise fallen flat so far.

After suffering a rare derby defeat to city rivals Levante last time out, Los Che began the day level on points with Bilbao and just above the drop zone.

It looked like they might also concede their home record as they fell behind in the first half.

Valencia began well as Soldado hit the post early before Victor Ruiz shot wide from close range.

But it was Bilbao who took the lead on 19 minutes when Aduriz fired in from the edge of the area.

Valencia did not take long to cancel out the early strike as Borja Ekiza handled in the area before being booked for his protests.

Soldado tucked away the penalty but Valencia were on level terms for just four minutes as Aduriz netted for the second time on the half hour.

Inigo Perez swung in a corner that Aduriz poked home from six yards.

Bilbao could have even had a third before half-time but Oscar de Marcos mis-hit his shot from the edge of the area to allow Vicente Guaita to gather.

Valencia boss Mauricio Pellegrino brought on Valdez, on loan from Russian side Rubin Kazan, after an hour and he immediately set about making his mark, heading over moments after coming on.

Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz then saved a Juan Bernat shot with his feet before Herrera was dismissed to leave his side to hold on for 20 minutes without him.

They looked like they might hold on for a first away win too as Iraizoz easily held on to a Costa effort before watching Ever Banega and Valdez fire over his crossbar.

But with time ticking down Costa levelled the scores from close range before the Argentina international found Valdez moments later to head home the winner.


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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 11 27
2 Barcelona 11 25
3 Valencia 11 24
4 Atletico Madrid 11 23
5 Sevilla 11 23
6 Malaga 11 21
7 Celta Vigo 11 20
8 Villarreal 11 15
9 Athletic Bilbao 12 15
10 Getafe 11 14
11 Eibar 11 13
12 Espanyol 12 11
13 Rayo Vallecano 11 11
14 Granada 11 10
15 Real Sociedad 11 9
16 Almeria 11 9
17 Deportivo La Coruna 11 9
18 Elche 11 9
19 Levante 11 9
20 Cordoba 11 6