Valencia have leapfrogged Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid into third place after they saw off Alaves 3-1 in what was a Matchday 29 clash played at the Mestalla on Saturday.
In-form Spanish striker Rodrigo and his Italian counterpart Simone Zaza gave the hosts a 2-0 at halftime before Ruben Sobrino pulled one back only for a Victor Laguardia own goal to wrap up the points for Marcelino’s men.
The win was enough to take Valencia (59 points) above Real Madrid (57 points) into 3rd spot and just five points off Atletico Madrid (64 points) in 2nd position.
Matchday 29 Results (Saturday):
Deportivo La Coruna 1-1 Las Palmas
Real Betis 3-0 Espanyol
Valencia 3-1 Alaves
Real Sociedad 1-2 Getafe
Standings (Top 6 via Points):
1. Barcelona 72
2. Atletico Madrid 64
3. Valencia 59
4. Real Madrid 57
5. Sevilla 45
6. Villareal 44