Valencia have moved above Real Madrid into third spot in La Liga following a 1-0 win over Espanyol on Sunday evening.
Rodrigo Moreno’s early strike was enough to earn Los Che a hard-fought three points against the struggling Catalan outfit, following a draw in the Madrid derby earlier in the day.
Marcelino’s side now have five consecutive wins while Rodrigo – a candidate for the Spanish national team in the World Cup – netted his 15th goal of the campaign.
The striker nodded home from close-range after a superb run and delivery from Goncalo Guedes, while Gerard Moreno had a strike ruled out for offside for the visitors.
Espanyol drop to 14th in a congested lower-mid table.