Published December 21, 2012
| Sports Network
Valencia, Spain – Valencia came out on top of a six-goal thriller at the Mestalla on Friday, defeating Getafe 4-2 to see the two sides go level on 24 points apiece.
The home side found itself up two goals inside the opening seven minutes as Roberto Soldado opened the scoring in the first minute and Jonas doubled the advantage shortly after.
Getafe wasted no time cutting the deficit in half as Alvaro Vasquez pulled one back in the 13th minute, but Ricardo Costa's strike at the half-hour mark helped restore Valencia's two-goal lead before the halftime interval.
Alexis pulled Getafe back to within a goal in the 59th minute, but Valencia survived the scare with Nelson Haedo Valdez sealing the victory with a goal deep into stoppage time.
Valencia has won two of its last three league games while Getafe is winless in its last three outings.
Atletico Madrid 1, Celta Vigo 0
Madrid, Spain - Atletico Madrid climbed to within six points of first-place Barcelona on Friday, earning a 1-0 defeat of Celta Vigo at the Vicente Calderon.
The home side was made to wait until the 76th minute for the game-winning goal as Adrian bagged his second goal of the season. Miranda was sent off for Atletico four minutes from time, but the club was able to hold on to the win to improve to 40 points on the season.
Celta Vigo has lost three league games in a row to remain stuck on 15 points.