Sporting Gijon 0 – 2 Valencia
Two goals in the first ten minutes made it a comfortable evening for Valencia as they took all three points to move clear at the top of La Liga. Valencia made seven changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in midweek, and the move paid off in fine style.
The first goal came inside seven minutes as Turkish midfielder Mehmet Topal headed home at the near post from a Manuel Fernandes corner. Two minutes later they doubled their lead with a clever flick from Pablo Hernandez releasing Juan Mata down the Valencia left. Mata’s pinpoint cross was timed to perfection and was met by the onrushing Roberto Soldado for a simple tap-in, his first league goal since his summer move from Getafe.
Soldado was Valencia’s seventh different scorer in the league already this season, an indication of the wealth of talent throughout the side. They looked strong defensively as well, restricting the hosts to only one shot on target as they eased to a comfortable victory.
The victory, coupled with Madrid’s draw, sees Valencia move clear at the top of La Liga with 13 points, while Gijon are in 17th on four points.