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Valencia snatch a late winner in Mestalla against Sevilla

Alvaro Negredo popped up with a late winner, putting an end to a four-game losing streak for Los Che and moving the team nine points clear of the relegation zone.

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Valencia snatch a late winner in Mestalla against Sevilla
ALBERTO IRANZO DIARIO AS

Alvaro Negredo netted a stoppage-time winner for Valencia to ease their La Liga relegation fears by snapping a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla on Sunday.

Dani Parejo's free-kick had given Pako Ayestaran's men a deserved half-time lead in his first home game in charge since replacing the sacked Gary Neville.

Dani Parejo breaks the deadlock against Sevilla in the first half

The poor defending that underminded Neville's reign cost the hosts once more five minutes from time, though, when Sevilla substitute Kevin Gameiro swept home Michael Krohn-Dehli's pass to equalise.

However, Negredo pounced on a loose ball inside the area in stoppage time to the relief of 50,000 fans at the Mestalla, to move Valencia up to 13th and nine points clear of the relegation zone with six games remaining.

Llorente, Krohn Dehli, Alcacer

Sevilla are now 12 points adrift of Villarreal in fourth after the Yellow Submarine strengthened their hold on the final Champions League spot with a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Getafe.

Denis Suarez got Villarreal off to a perfect start with the opener on 15 minutes before the on-form Cedric Bakambu sealed the points with his 20th goal of the season.

Juan Cala tries to close down Denis Suarez at el Madrigal.

Earlier, Celta Vigo remained eight points off Villarreal in fifth as Nolito's second-half strike earned a hard-fought 1-0 win at Sporting Gijon.

Celta players celebrate Nolito's goal in El Molinón

Athletic Bilbao moved three points clear of Sevilla in sixth thanks to Inaki Williams's solitary goal in a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

Iñaki Williams curls a beauty past Rayo's keeper