Liga - Late Jonas goal wins it for Valencia

Valencia took a step towards qualifying for next season’s Champions League by beating 10-man Real Valladolid thanks to a Jonas goal in the last minute of stoppage time.

Liga - Quickfire Jonas hat-trick eases pressure on Djukic

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Jonas of Valencia

The result puts Valencia just two points behind Real Sociedad in the race to finish in the Spanish league top four.

Valencia started the game brightly, with Jonas seeing more than one effort repelled by Valladolid goalkeeper Dani Hernandez.

And Hernandez demonstrated his worth to the visitors once again in the first half by saving from Canales when the Valencia midfielder broke through on goal. However, he couldn’t squeeze his shot past the Valladolid keeper and Hernandez charged down the rebound.

The home side took the lead after 37 minutes when Mikel Balenziaga turned the ball into his own net from a Tino Costa corner kick delivery.

The visitors appeared revitalized after the break and enjoyed more of a fair share of possession as they put the Valencia goal under pressure in their attempts to find a leveler.

At times Vicente Guaita was keeping Valladolid at bay on his own and indeed took the plaudits after saving from Omar, getting down low to block the Valladolid midfielder’s powerful drive at goal.

But Valladolid were soon reduced to ten men when Henrique Sereno was sent off for a second bookable offence, after bringing down Roberto Soldado inside the penalty area.

However, the Valencia striker then saw his spot kick saved by Dani Hernandez, with the visitors taking encouragement from the let off as they mounted a fight-back.

And Soldado was made to rue his missed penalty when Valladolid equalized with 20 minutes left to play, Oscar slamming home past Guaita in the Valencia net after good work by Antonio Rukavina on the right wing.

Ever Banega and Jonathan Viera were introduced to the game to try and turn round the flow of a game that was increasingly looking like Valladolid’s.

Soldado once again proved wasteful with just under ten minutes left to play, cutting inside on to his right foot before curling his shot harmlessly over the crossbar, much to the Mestalla’s frustration.

Miroslav Dukic’s side looked the more likely of the two to take the points as the game came to a close, but Jonas’ header in the final minute of stoppage time broke Valladolid hearts and kept Valencia’s hopes of finishing in the top four alive.

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