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Valencia move up to second after winning nine-goal game

Valencia move up to second after winning nine-goal game
By Reuters

15/10/2017 at 22:59Updated 15/10/2017 at 23:38

Valencia continued their excellent start to the Liga season by beating Real Betis 6-3 away from home on Sunday, rising to second in the standings.

Geoffrey Kondogbia headed Marcelino's side into a deserved lead 10 minutes before halftime after the visitors had missed a glut of chances.

Portuguese midfielder Goncalo Guedes stretched their lead on the stroke of half time with a long-range strike, just after Betis had wasted two clear chances to level.

The Andalusians were awarded a penalty early in the second half but Sergio Leon struck straight down the middle and saw his shot repelled by Valencia goalkeeper Neto.

Spain international Rodrigo Moreno headed in the third goal in the 64th minute from a corner while Santi Mina scored 10 minutes later.

Valencia's Portuguese forward Goncalo Guedes (2L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Betis FC vs Valencia FC at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on October 15, 2017.

Valencia's Portuguese forward Goncalo Guedes (2L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Betis FC vs Valencia FC at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on October 15, 2017.Getty Images

Valencia risked throwing away the win when they let in three goals in the space of five minutes but they seized all the points with an 88th-minute strike from top scorer Simone Zaza, who notched up his seventh goal of the campaign.

Manchester United loanee Andreas Perreira thumped in the ninth goal in injury time, closing out the highest scoring game of the season in Spain's top flight.

Valencia are second in La Liga on 18 points, four behind leaders Barcelona, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Saturday, and one above champions Real Madrid, who beat Getafe 2-1.

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