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Las Palmas beat Valencia in La Liga

dpa logodpa 30/01/2017

Valencia's La Liga pain has continued, this time losing 3-1 against Las Palmas, who have continued their unbeaten home record.

Las Palmas retained their unbeaten home La Liga record beating Valencia 3-1 on Monday (Tuesday AEDDT) in the Spanish first division.

Valencia took the lead on 21 minutes when Santi Mina converted Jose Gaya's pass.

But Las Palmas equalised three minutes before half time when Jonathan Viera scored from the edge of the box.

Valencia made life more difficult for themselves when they had Munir El Haddadi sent off.

The former Barcelona forward was yellow carded for a foul on Dani Castellano on 48 minutes.

And when he flew into another late challenge three minutes later he was shown a second yellow and sent off.

Las Palmas took the lead on 57 minutes when Mauricio Lemos scored from the edge of the area with a spectacular free-kick.

Kevin Prince Boateng added a third on 61 minutes, after being gifted time and space in the penalty area by on-loan Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala who had completely missed his header.

Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay lamented: "When we had eleven men we were in the game but they scored a great goal and then with the sending-off it became very difficult."

Lemos said of his first goal of the season: "I'm very happy but the goal is just a detail in the game. The supporters are demanding a lot from us but we have to go one game at a time."

Earlier on Monday, Valencia sent Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan on loan to Belgian outfit Genk.

The ex-Central Coast Mariners stopper had struggled for game time ever since the departure of former coach Gary Neville last March and not featured in the Valencia side since August 27.

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