Oct 25, 2014 at 7pm UK at ​Mestalla
Mustafi (13'), Parejo (18'), Lomban (63' og.)
FT(HT: 2-0)
Jonathas (93')
Rodrigues (35'), Mosquera (70')

Result: Valencia up to third in La Liga with Elche win

Valencia beat local rivals Elche 3-1 at the Mestalla to climb to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Valencia have moved up to third place in La Liga courtesy of a 3-1 win over Elche at the Mestalla this evening.

The hosts found themselves two goals to the good inside the opening 18 minutes against their local rivals, with Shkodran Mustafi opening up the scoring with his well-placed header.

Valencia's players celebrate after scoring their third goal during the Spanish league football match Valencia FC vs Elche CF at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on October 25, 2014© Getty Images

Daniel Parejo added the second in similar fashion, heading home from a corner to put Valencia well in command.

It could well have been lights out for Elche shortly after when Rodrigo's through ball almost found a teammate, and would have if not for a vital interception from Manu Herrera.

Los Che continued the second half where they left off the first, coming within inches of adding a third goal through Pablo Piatti's strike from the edge of the box which sailed narrowly over.

Elche were unable to keep out Nuno Espirito Santo's side for much longer, though, with David Lomban turning a cross into his own net to put the game out of their reach.

Manchester City loanee Alvaro Negredo could not quite add his name to the scoresheet late on, firing over with an effort from just outside the area, while a header from Jonathas in the dying seconds proved nothing more than a mere consolation for the visitors.

The defeat leaves Elche in the relegation zone, having now gone five games without a win.

Valencia's forward Paco Alcacer celebrates his goal during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg football match Valencia CF vs FC Basel at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on April 10, 2014
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