Valencia 1-3 Getafe: Getafe sucker punch Valencia to escape the relegation zone
Valencia manager, Juan Antonio Pizzi refused to throw in the towel and give up on their Europa League ambitions for next season, but they would need to face a Getafe side, who were out for blood and desperate for three points to save them from the drop zone.
Valencia came out with a fury, with Eduardo Vargas scoring his second goal in as many games, a header thanks to a well-placed Dani Parejo corner.
This goal put Getafe’s backs to the wall and like any animal cornered with no other options, they came fighting back, moving higher and putting pressure on the Che defence.
Two consecutive shots on goal by Ciprian would test Vicente Guaita’s mettle, which was on the verge of cracking as Lafita, made a move past Senderos and fired a shot past the Valencia keeper for the equaliser.
It took just two minutes later for Ciprian, with the Valencia defence on their heels, to fire in the header to put the relegation side up.
Valencia quickly scrambled to recover and were able to keep Getafe at bay for the remainder of the first half, but it was clear that Getafe came to play and wouldn’t give up until the earned three points.
Both sides made tactical changes to start the second half, with Feghouli coming on for Romeu for Valencia and Sarabia coming on for Juan Rodriguez for Getafe, both offensive-minded changes.
In doing that, both sides attacked one another with ferocity, making their defences and goalkeepers earn their keep.
However, the real action would be in the final minute of the match, with Pedro Leo scoring the final goal in the 88th minute, before promptly getting punched in the face by Valencia’s Jeremy Mathieu.
The towering Frenchman was promptly sent off but was confronted by Getafe manager, Cosmin Contra for the assault, before Contra was given a red card and sent off to the dressing room.
Getafe’s crucial win could see them escape relegation, while it appears the wheels are coming off for Valencia, as their inconsistency is preventing their success in La Liga, despite the influence of Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Valencia 1-3 Getafe
Referee: Gil Manzano
Valencia XI: Guaita, Barragán, Senderos, Mathieu, Bernat, Fuego (77′), Romeu (46′), Parejo, Vargas, Fede, Jonas (59′)
Subs: Feghouli (46′), Alcacer (59′), Araujo (77′)
Goals: Vargas (5′)
Yellow Cards: Mathieu (63′ 89′), Parejo (70′),
Red Cards: Mathieu (89′)
Getafe XI: Codina, Arroyo, Rafa (77′), Lisandro, Escudero (57′), Rodriguez (46′), Borja, Pedro Leon, Mosquera, Lafita, Ciprian
Subs: Sarabia (46′), Alexis (57′), Lacen (77′)
Goals: Lafita (24′), Ciprian (26′), Leon (88′)
Yellow Cards: Escudero (20′), Lisandro (32′), Mosquera (73′)
Red Cards: Cosmin Contra (90′)