Oct 20, 2012 at 7pm UK at ​Mestalla
Valencia
3-2
Athletic Bilbao
Costa (88'), Soldado (26' pen.), Haedo Valdez (90')
Barragan (58'), Soldado (71'), Haedo Valdez (80')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Aduriz (19', 30')
Ekiza (26'), de Marcos (79')
Herrera (67')

Result: Late Valencia double sees off 10-man Athletic Bilbao

Roberto Soldado
© PA Photos
Tino Costa and Nelson Valdez both find the net late on as Valencia punish Athletic Bilbao for Ander Herrera's foolish red card.

Valencia struck two late goals to overcome 10-man Athletic Bilbao at the Mestalla tonight.

Tino Costa and Nelson Valdez both found the net inside the final two minutes to deny Bilbao, who had lost Ander Herrera to a needless red card midway through the second half, a first away win of the season.

Bilbao had led at half time after Aritz Aduriz struck twice, either side of a Roberto Soldado penalty kick.

Valencia started the game on the front foot and went close to breaking the deadlock when Soldado rattled the post in the fifth minute.

Victor Ruiz then missed a sitter as he sliced his shot wide from two yards after Adil Rami's powerful header had been spilled by Gorka Iraizoz.

The opening goal came against the run of play on 19 minutes, Aduriz capitalising on a misplaced clearance and placing his shot beyond Vicente Guaita from 20 yards.

Soldado equalised from the penalty spot seven minutes later after Borja Ekiza had been penalised for blocking Jonathan Viera's ambitious shot with his hand.

Aduriz put his side back in front with an instinctive close-range finish on the half-hour.

Then game turned dramatically on 67 minutes when, for no apparent reason, Herrera kicked out at Rami and was rightfully sent off.

Valencia took control of the match thereafter and bombarded Iraizoz's goal with shots from all angles.

The experienced stopper did well to deny fierce efforts from Soldado, Costa and Antonio Barragan.

However, he was beaten for the second time on the night when Costa slid home a rebound from eight yards after Valdez's initial shot had been cleared off the line.

The Valencia pair switched roles to seal the win in stoppage time, as Costa swung in a cross and Valdez headed home.

Valencia are now eighth in the La Liga table, having risen six places.

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