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Valencia moves top after 1-1 at Recreativo

Valencia moves top after 1-1 at Recreativo

Valencia confirmed its best ever Spanish league start Sunday after David Villa's second half goal gave it a 1-1 draw at Valladolid to keep it at the top of the standings.
The Spain striker continued his incredible goal scoring run since a victorious European championship campaign, putting a loose ball in at the near post in the 62nd minute after goalkeeper Asier Riesgo's impressive stop of Juanma Mata's header.
Valencia leads the table with 20 points and will likely remain top on goal difference even if Villarreal beats Atletico Madrid later Sunday.
FC Barcelona has 19 points after a 5-0 demolition of Almeria on Saturday, two ahead of both Villarreal Sevilla, which fell 1-0 to Malaga.
Real Madrid, which has 16 points, plays at the Santiago Bernabeu later Sunday against Athletic Bilbao.
Joaquin Sanchez nearly put Valencia ahead in the 30th after beating Riego with a chip that sailed wide of the far post.
Recreativo took the lead in the 47th thanks to a swift counterattack.
Javier Camunas moved clear of defender Emiliano Morretti after taking Javi Guerrero's pass inside the area to beat Valencia goalkeeper Renan with a high shot at the near post.
Joaquin gathered Manuel Fernandes' long pass along the right flank before crossing to find the unmarked Mata for a hard header that Riesgo got a hand to. Two Recreativo defenders failed to clear the bouncing ball as Villa, who led Euro 2008 with four goals, matched Samuel Eto'o of Barcelona for the league lead with nine goals.
Renan stopped a close-range shot from Adrian Colunga with a minute to play.
Sevilla, which endured its first defeat in 11 games in all competitions, would have joined Valencia on 20 points with a seventh straight victory on Sunday.
Adrian Lopez ended Andres Palop's club record scoreless streak at 511 minutes in the 16th when the Malaga striker coolly slotted a right-footed strike underneath the Sevilla goalkeeper to boost the newly promoted club into sixth.
In other results from Sunday's eighth round of games, it was: Getafe 1 Valladolid 0; Mallorca 3, Espanyol 0; Deportivo La Coruna 0, Sporting Gijon 3; and Numancia 2, Racing Santander 1.


Updated : 2021-06-24 04:49 GMT+08:00