May 12, 2013 at 11am UK at ‚ÄčEstadio Teresa Rivero
Rayo Vallecano
0-4
Valencia

Trashorras (27'), Dominguez (40'), Delibasic (45'), Ignacio Martinez Garcia (60'), Amat (71')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Guardado (62'), Soldado (28' pen., 34'), Haedo Valdez (90')
Guardado (39'), Feghouli (89')

Result: Valencia ease to win over Rayo Vallecano

Roberto Soldado
© PA Photos
Valencia move up to fourth in the La Liga table after beating Rayo Vallecano 4-0 this afternoon.

Valencia have kept their hopes of Champions League football alive with a 4-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga this lunchtime.

Both sides had chances early in the game, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the 28th minute when Daniel Parejo was brought down inside the penalty area, allowing Roberto Soldado to fire the ball in from the spot.

The 27-year-old netted his second just six minutes later, tapping in an Andres Guardado cross from just in front of the goal.

Jordi Figueras and Roberto Trashorras made attempts at the Valencia goal early in the second half, but the home side could not find the target.

Valencia extended their lead in the 62nd minute, as Guardado fired the ball in, having seen a previous effort saved just seconds earlier.

Both teams continued to push for a late goal, but solid defending at both ends restricted chances until Nelson Valdez popped up deep into stoppage time to round off a strong performance for the visitors.

The result moves Valencia into the top four in the table, while Vallecano sit 10th.

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3Atletico Madrid161735
4Valencia161631
5Villarreal161330
6Sevilla15830
7Malaga16530
8Celta Vigo16-120
9Eibar16-320
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17Deportivo La Coruna16-1413
18Granada16-1613
19Cordoba16-1611
20Elche16-1910
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