Valencia ended a six-game losing streak on Sunday, defeating Levante 3-1 to climb back into third in La Liga as Luciano Vietto scored his first league goal since joining the club.
After a string of recent defeats had seen Valencia’s faint title hopes extinguished and their Copa del Rey run come to an end, Marcelino’s side returned to winning ways and Vietto was on target for the first time since his cup hat-trick.
Santi Mina headed Valencia in front after 17 minutes but Sergio Postigo immediately equalised for Levante and just as both sides scored in the space of a minute, action in both goal mouths in the 65th minute ultimately decided the contest. Levante defender Coke had a goal harshly ruled out and Valencia went up the other end and made it 2-1 thanks to a scrappy Vietto goal.
A contentious Dani Parejo penalty made it three for Valencia and with the result Los Che moved a point ahead of Real Madrid into third.
In Serie A, Federico Fazio was on target as Roma came from behind to thrash Benevento 5-2 to move fourth.
Bottom of the table Benevento had taken a surprise lead in the Stadio Olimpico but Fazio rose unmarked to head the Giallorossi level at the break.
From that point Roma were in control and after Edin Dzeko headed a second, Diego Perotti set up Cengiz Ünder to made it 3-1. Ünder added another and although Benevento pulled a goal back, Grégoire Defrel wrapped up the win from the penalty spot.
Former Argentina international Rodrigo Palacio volleyed his fourth goal of the season against former club Inter Milan but it wasn’t enough as his Bologna side slumped to a 2-1 defeat.
Eder had put Inter ahead early in the absence of captain Mauro Icardi but Palacio equalised with a superbly taken effort in the 25th minute.
Inter, who have seen their title challenge disappear after a winless 2018, reestablished the lead through a tremendous effort from on-loan forward Yann Karamoh and with Bologna ending the game with nine men, the points were secured.
In France, Emiliano Sala took his season tally to ten after a brace in Nantes’ 2-2 draw with Lille.
The 27-year-old emphatically punished Lille after the visitors were caught in possession and after Lebo Mothiba had equalised in the 67th minute, Sala headed Nantes back in front. However, Claudio Ranieri’s side were unable to hold onto their lead and Lille rescued a point.
Former Racing Club youngster Luis Fariña was on target for the first time since joining Portuguese club Aves on loan as his new club thrashed Belenenses 5-2. The points were already secured when the 26-year-old stole the ball on half way and ran through on goal to cooly finish.
And finally, Sergio Araujo as guilty of one of the misses of the season in Greece. The former Boca Juniors youngster, on loan at AEK Athens, perhaps didn’t even need to touch the ball as he volleyed against the crossbar from three yards out. Thankfully AEK went on to win the match 1-0.
Es imposible errar este gol. Pero Sergio Araujo lo hizo. pic.twitter.com/DxOowpqFRY
— Federico Nogueira (@fedenogueira25) February 11, 2018