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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 38 +45 87
2 Barcelona 38 +48 82
3 Atletico Madrid 38 +24 70
4 Sevilla FC 38 +20 70
5 Villarreal 38 +14 60
6 Real Sociedad 38 +8 56
7 Granada 38 +7 56
8 Getafe 38 +6 54
9 Valencia 38 -7 53
10 Osasuna 38 -8 52
11 Athletic Bilbao 38 +3 51
12 Levante 38 -6 49
13 Real Valladolid 38 -11 42
14 Eibar 38 -17 42
15 Real Betis 38 -12 41
16 Alavés 38 -25 39
17 Celta Vigo 38 -12 37
18 Leganes 38 -21 36
19 Mallorca 38 -25 33
20 Espanyol 38 -31 25