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2019-2020 LaLiga
  • Paco Alcácer (14')
  • Gerard Moreno (44')

Villarreal volley their way past toothless Valencia

Villarreal beat neighbours Valencia 2-0 on Sunday with a pair of brilliant volleyed goals in the first half to boost their chances of a top-four finish, while further crushing their rivals' hopes of returning to the Champions League.

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Former Valencia forward Paco Alcacer opened the scoring with a superb volley on the turn in the 14th minute but opted against celebrating against the club where he began his career.

Alcacer's strike partner Gerard Moreno scored an even better goal to double the lead in the 44th, as goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo launched the ball upfield and Santi Cazorla controlled it in the air with an irresistible touch before Moreno's ferocious volley.

The victory took Villarreal up to fifth in the standings on 51 points, within three of fourth-placed Sevilla, while Valencia were left eighth on 46 with six games remaining in the season.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 34 +41 77
2 Barcelona 35 +43 76
3 Atletico Madrid 35 +21 63
4 Sevilla FC 35 +17 63
5 Villarreal 35 +12 57
6 Getafe 35 +9 53
7 Real Sociedad 34 +8 51
8 Valencia 35 -6 50
9 Athletic Bilbao 35 +8 48
10 Granada 34 +2 47
11 Osasuna 35 -10 45
12 Levante 35 -7 43
13 Real Betis 35 -8 41
14 Real Valladolid 35 -10 39
15 Eibar 35 -17 36
16 Celta Vigo 35 -10 36
17 Alavés 34 -19 35
18 Mallorca 35 -22 32
19 Leganes 35 -24 29
20 Espanyol 35 -28 24