Ricardo Costa nodded the winner in stoppage time as Valencia came from behind to complete a 3-2 win over nine-man Deportivo La Coruna at the Riazor.
Valencia struck with their first attack of the night when Jonas rose to head home Pablo Piatti's corner in the opening minute before Riki netted twice to give Deportivo the lead as he nodded in Pizzi's free-kick and then thumped a shot into the net from the edge of the visiting box in stoppage time in the first period.
The mood of the game changed when Silvio Pereira was sent off for a second booking after he caught Piatti with a wretched late challenge on 53 minutes.
Substitute Nelson Valdez flicked home Juan Bernat's cross for the equaliser before Ricardo Costa rose unmarked to head the winner from Andres Guardado's cross to complete the victory for Valencia, who move up to fifth in the table.
Paulo Assuncao was sent off for Deportivo for aiming an elbow at Valdez off the ball in six minutes of stoppage time to complete a miserable evening for the home team, who remain stuck at the foot of the table.
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