Luis Suarez ensured Atletico Madrid ended 2020 top of LaLiga with the only goal in the Madrid derby against Getafe.
Suarez glanced in Yannick Carrasco’s 20th-minute free-kick for his eighth goal of the season.
Luka Modric headed Real into a 20th-minute lead but Elche hit back seven minutes into the second half with a Fidel Chaves penalty.
The 38-year-old headed in Alberto Soro’s cross to strengthen the hosts’ top-six bid and condemn Valencia to a seventh match without a victory.
A bad-tempered finish saw Granada’s Domingos Duarte and Valencia’s Jason and Goncalo Guedes sent off in six second-half minutes before Molina struck.
Kevin Gameiro had put Valencia ahead before Kenedy equalised on the stroke of half-time.