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Valencia beat Espanyol despite late strike from Sergio Garcia at Cornella

first_imgValencia exacted revenge on Espanyol for knocking them out of the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 win at Cornella-El Prat on Sunday evening.  Sport EN But at least they can now focus on securing a return to the top four and a seat at Europe’s top table.  All the goals came after the break, with Pablo Piatti opening the scoring, deftly touching home a cross from the lively Jose Gaya.  However, Los Che managed to hold out for the three points which lifted them above Sevilla into the final Champions League spot. This was the third meeting between Valencia and Espanyol this year, with the two sides locking horns in the Copa del Rey round-of-16 in January.  Dani Parejo’s free-kick, which hit the post and then found its way to the net via Pau Lopez, then looked to have settle proceedings, before Sergio Garcia’s late strike set up a tense ending. center_img CET With Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all clustered together in the draw, Valencia felt they had a real chance in this season’s cup competition, so they were particularly wounded when they were eliminated by Espanyol.  Meanwhile, Espanyol’s run in the Copa has not stopped and they can now begin to prepare for their trip to Bilbao on Wednesday for the first leg of their semi-final tie with Athletic Club. 08/02/2015 Upd. at 20:56 last_img

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