Jan 13, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Estadio Municipal de Riazor (A Coruña (La Coruña))
Attendance: 19,031
DeportivoDeportivo La Coruna
1-2
Valencia
Andone (88')
Mosquera (47')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Guedes (37'), Rodrigo (64')
Parejo (63'), Gaya (90')

Result: Valencia hold on for victory against strugglers Deportivo La Coruna

Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo net as Valencia see off Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 at the Estadio Riazor, keeping their outside La Liga title hopes alive.

Valencia have claimed a 2-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna at the Estadio Riazor this evening to make it back-to-back wins in La Liga.

Los Che earned the points through goals either side of half time from Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo, but they were left with work to do late on as Florin Andone pulled one back for the hosts.

Having got the job done against the strugglers, Valencia move back within two points of second-placed Atletico Madrid - winners at Eibar earlier today - and eight behind leaders Barcelona.

Valencia, who headed into the recent winter break with three defeats in four matches, came close early on through a deflected Guedes shot.

Celso Borges had a tame attempt kept out by Neto at the other end, meanwhile, and the hosts then saw a header crash back off the crossbar from the corner.

Guedes and Borges had further shots helped aside as the first half transpired, but Los Che - with debutant Francis Coquelin in their ranks - did grab a goal before the break through their influential Portuguese winger.

A long-range drive somehow found its way into the net due to some poor goalkeeping, and Valencia added a second to their tally from their first serious move of the second half.

Rodrigo this time got the better of Ruben with a deflected shot, which was assisted by star man Guedes to give the high-flyers some breathing space.

Ruben was needed to thwart Guedes again soon after, while also keeping out Simone Zaza, and those latest saves would prove key as Andone converted from close range with two minutes to play.

There was to be no late comeback, though, with Adrian hammering the ball over the crossbar from five yards out in the dying seconds.

DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA (4-3-3): Ruben; Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Luisinho; Borges (Colak 52'), Guilherme, Mosquera (Valverde 70'); Lucas, Andone, Adrian

VALENCIA (4-4-2): Neto; Gaya, Garay, Paulista, Vezo; Coquelin (Montoya 83'), Parejo, Maksimovic, Guedes; Mina (Vietto 74'), Rodrigo (Zaza 81')

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