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Valencia off the mark in La Liga victory

dpadpa 22/09/2016

A penalty two minutes from time has given embattled Valencia their first win of the La Liga season.

Crisis club Valencia have moved off the bottom of the Spanish Liga with their first win of the season, a late 2-1 victory at home to midtable Alaves.

Valencia dominated from start to finish, though their anxiety prevented them from creating many clear chances.

They went ahead on the half hour thanks to a luckless own goal from Alaves defender Victor Laguardia, only for veteran Gaizka Toquero to level for the visitors just before half-time.

Valencia continued to have the whip hand in the second half and were rewarded for their persistence two minutes from time when they were given a penalty after Zakaria Bakkali had been pulled down by Marcos Llorente.

Dani Parejo calmly converted the spot-kick to make it 2-1, giving his team their first points and taking them them up to third bottom.

On Tuesday Valencia sacked coach Pako Ayesteran, who saved them from relegation last season.

On the Valencia bench on Thursday was caretaker coach Voro, a club stalwart now in his fourth brief stint as caretaker, until a permanent new coach is found.

Earlier, Leganes and Espanyol did well to battle out away wins at Deportivo La Coruna and Osasuna respectively.

Leganes, in the top flight for the very first time, won in La Coruna thanks to late goals from Luciano Neves and Gabriel, after Celso Borges had given the hosts the lead.

"We are adapting fairly well to life in the first division," Leganes coach Asier Garitano said.

"Some experts gave us no chance at all of surviving in the top flight, but I'd like them to know that we are surviving quite well up to now."

Leganes' second win took them up to 10th and left Deportivo 13th.

Meanwhile in Pamplona, Espanyol beat Osasuna 2-1 on strikes from Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno.

It was Espanyol's first win and took them up to 15th, while leaving winless Osasuna second bottom.

"It's wonderful to get your first win. it's a shame it has taken us so long to obtain it, but it still tastes very sweet," Espanyol's match-winner Moreno said.

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