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Valencia beat Betis to strengthen hold on third

Published: Sunday 22 April 2012, 23.01CET
Valencia CF increased their cushion over fourth-placed Málaga CF with a 4-0 win at home against Real Betis Balompié, while Athletic Club and Club Atlético de Madrid also earned wins.
Valencia beat Betis to strengthen hold on third
Valencia's Jonas embraces team-mate Roberto Soldado after scoring against Betis ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 22 April 2012, 23.01CET

Valencia beat Betis to strengthen hold on third

Valencia CF increased their cushion over fourth-placed Málaga CF with a 4-0 win at home against Real Betis Balompié, while Athletic Club and Club Atlético de Madrid also earned wins.

Third-placed Valencia CF have moved four points clear of a chasing pack headed by Málaga CF – who visit CA Osasuna on Monday – thanks to a 4-0 win at home against nine-man Real Betis Balompié.

Having registered in Valencia's UEFA Europa League semi-final first-leg loss to Club Atlético de Madrid in midweek, Jonas poked Los Che ahead after just six minutes. Last-man José Antonio Dorado Ramirez brought down Sofiane Feghouli to earn a 57th-minute red card, and the Frenchman doubled Valencia's lead six minutes later. Roberto Soldado and Pablo Piatti completed the triumph with a goal each in a frantic last four minutes that also brought a red card for Betis's Jorge Molina.

Valencia's Spanish rivals in the UEFA Europa League last four, Athletic Club and Atlético, also picked up victories. A lone Gaizka Toquero strike was enough for the Lions to edge out Real Racing Club, while an Arda Turan double helped the Rojiblancos to a 3-1 win against RCD Espanyol.

Elsewhere, Granada CF eased their relegation worries with a narrow 1-0 win against Getafe CF, while the match between Real Sociedad de Fútbol and Villarreal CF ended 1-1, leaving the Yellow Submarine 17th, six points clear of the drop zone.

Last updated: 22/04/12 23.53CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 24/04/2012 12:09 CET

22/04/2012

ValenciaValencia4-0BetisBetis

Jonas 6, Feghouli 63, Soldado 86, Piatti 88

Venue: Valencia

22/04/2012

AtléticoAtlético3-1EspanyolEspanyol

Godín 9, Arda Turan 59, 61

Dídac Vilà 19

Venue: Madrid

22/04/2012

RacingRacing0-1AthleticAthletic

Toquero 12

Venue: Santander

22/04/2012

Real SociedadReal Sociedad1-1VillarrealVillarreal

Vela 86

Senna 42

Venue: San Sebastian

22/04/2012

GranadaGranada1-0GetafeGetafe

Jara 18

Venue: Granada

21/04/2012

SevillaSevilla1-1LevanteLevante

Negredo 21

Koné 28

Venue: Sevilla

21/04/2012

BarcelonaBarcelona1-2Real MadridReal Madrid

Alexis Sánchez 70

Khedira 17, Cristiano Ronaldo 73

Venue: Barcelona

21/04/2012

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón2-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano

Sangoy 18, Bilić 78

Labaka Zurriarrain 51

Venue: Gijon

21/04/2012

MallorcaMallorca1-0ZaragozaZaragoza

Victor Casadesus 33

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

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