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Spanish Primera BBVA

Mestalla (ATT 45,000) 22nd September 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

Valencia Valencia vs Sevilla Sevilla

Valencia 3

Jonas (32, 73)
V Ruiz (82)

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Sevilla 1

K Gameiro (52)

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Winning boost for Valencia

Last Updated: 22/09/13 11:02pm

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Alberto Moreno and Fede Cartabia battled for the ball

Alberto Moreno and Fede Cartabia battled for the ball

Valencia produced a much-needed 3-1 win over fellow-strugglers Sevilla to ease some of the pressure on under-fire coach Miroslav Djukic.

Los Che's slow start to the season, culminating in Thursday's 3-0 home defeat to Swansea in the Europa League, had seen many predict one more loss would result in the Serbian's dismissal.

But his players displayed their backing in the best way possible with a rousing display which proved too strong for Sevilla and their former Valencia boss Unai Emery.

Brazilian winger Jonas was the hosts' star man, scoring twice with Victor Ruiz also getting on the scoresheet.

It was another disappointing display from Sevilla, whose goal came from Kevin Gameiro. They prop up the rest of the division with the focus now squarely on Emery.

Valencia came out determined to make up for their midweek disappointment, Helder Postiga twice shooting wide when well placed while Jonas shot over following a fine run and cut back from full-back Joao Pereira.

At the other end, Sevilla were playing on the break but it should have reaped a reward only for Jairo to mis-control when clear down the left and Gameiro waiting unmarked in the middle.

The opening goal finally came after 32 minutes and it was not without controversy.

Sevilla midfielder Stephane Mbia fell to the turf through injury but Valencia played on, Fede crossing from the left for Jonas to slot under visiting goalkeeper Antonio Beto.

Sevilla almost equalised on the stroke of half-time but winger Marko Marin, on loan from Chelsea, fired inchses over the bar.

The visitors continued to press after the restart and only a fine save from Diego Alves prevented Machin Vitolo from scoring.

The pressure finally told after 52 minutes when Mbia flicked on a right-wing corner and France international Gameiro was left totally unmarked at the far post to fire home.

Valencia came again, Fede threatening with a clever chip which was acrobatically repelled by Beto.

But Beto could do little when Jonas picked up the ball 20 yards out and swept a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner after 73 minutes.

The match was finally settled seven minutes from full-time when Ruiz was left alone at the far post and his header looped over Beto and into the far corner.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
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