Soldado grabs Valencia winner in fiery encounter at the Mestalla

Valencia consolidated third place in La Liga with a 2-1 victory over Espanyol at the Mestalla in what was a fiery encounter with 11 yellow cards. Striker Roberto Soldado, left on the bench by boss Unai Emery with one eye on the vital midweek Champions League clash with Chelsea, grabbed the decisive goal 10 minutes from time just four minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Emery also rested David Albelda, Jonas Goncalves and Victor Ruiz from his starting line-up, but the changes appeared not to trouble Valencia as Tino Costa gave them a sixth-minute lead from the penalty spot after Didac had tugged at

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