Late strikes secure Valencia much-needed win over Villarreal


VALENCIA (Reuters) - Valencia scored twice in the last five minutes through Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes to beat visiting neighbours Villarreal 2-1 in La Liga and claim a much-needed three points for under-pressure coach Javi Gracia on Friday.

It seemed that Gerard Moreno's first-half penalty would be enough to secure the points but Valencia's late show means it is now eight league games without a win for Unai Emery's side.

Soler equalised with a spot kick four minutes from time after Maxi Gomez was felled in the box before substitute Guedes rifled home the winner in stoppage time.

The victory lifts Valencia to 11th on 30 points from 26 games, while Villarreal remain seventh with 37.

(Reporting by Joseph Walker; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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