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Spanish Primera BBVA

Mestalla (ATT 37,214) 23rd March 2014 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: Pedro Jesus Perez Montero

Valencia Valencia vs Villarreal Villarreal

Valencia 2

J Fuego (35, 44)

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Villarreal 1

G dos Santos (83)

Fuego at the double for Los Che

Last Updated: 23/03/14 8:57pm

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Javi Fuego: Scored a brace

Javi Fuego: Scored a brace

Javi Fuego netted a first-half brace as Valencia got back to winning ways in the Primera Division with a 2-1 victory over Villarreal at the Mestalla.

Juan Antonio Pizzi's side, who cruised into the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Ludogorets on Thursday, ended a three-match winless streak in the league on Sunday, moving up two places into eighth as a result.

The defeat saw derby rivals Villarreal, who scored a late consolation through Giovani dos Santos, move down a place into seventh in the standings.

The home side started strongest and could have taken the lead had Federico Cartabia's close-range header been on target.

It did not take long for Villarreal to come into the game and Tomas Pina was unlucky his effort from the right of the penalty box sailed past the Valencia goal.

The home side lost Diego Alves to injury after 20 minutes and he was replaced by Vicente Guaita as the home side pressed forward.

Fifteen minutes later Fuego broke the deadlock for Los Che with a beautiful curled effort from just outside the 18-yard box, beating Sergio Asenjo to hand his side the lead.

And the 30-year-old midfielder struck again just before the break as he volleyed home from close range, sending his low shot into the back of the net.

The second half took a while to get going and Oliver Torres could have pulled a goal back for the visitors 10 minutes in but his effort from the edge of the box went wide.

Juan Bernat's drilled shot minutes later almost handed the home side a safety net had it not been deflected out, while Seydou Keita also came close to netting their third with a great close-range shot hitting the bar.

But it was the away side that hit the target as the game wore on with Dos Santos making no mistake with a superb touch in the box, as he curled the ball into the centre of the home goal in the final 10 minutes.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 24 60
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 24 53
4 Valencia 24 50
5 Sevilla 24 45
6 Villarreal 24 44
7 Malaga 24 38
8 Espanyol 25 32
9 Celta Vigo 24 31
10 Real Sociedad 24 27
11 Eibar 24 27
12 Athletic Bilbao 24 27
13 Getafe 24 26
14 Rayo Vallecano 24 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 24 24
16 Almeria 24 23
17 Elche 24 23
18 Levante 24 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18