Valencia CF thrashed Real Betis Balompié 5-0 in a match that the home side controlled throughout. The ché took another step towards the European spots while the Andalusians are still propping up the Liga BBVA table.
Juan Antonio Pizzi's men practically wrapped up a match they had controlled from kick off with two goals on the brink of half time. First Jérémy Mathieu, whose finish off a corner left Antonio Adán stranded, and two minutes later when Paco Alcácer scored for the third week on the trot by deflecting a low shot from Eduardo Vargas into the back of the net. Before the first goal Betis had had chances, but Diego Alves and a dose of bad luck prevented them from finding the net.
After the break, the verdiblancos kept their heads up and continued their battle to get back in the game. Antonio Amaya tested the reflexes of Alves', who punched clear after 50 minutes before Sofiane Feghouli put the finishing touches on a pass from Alcácer to score the third. It was the player from Valencia again who met a cross from Antonio Barragán on the penalty spot to make it four. The Chilean Vargas, who was making his home debut, put the final nail in the coffin by finishing a ball from Feghouli to bag the fifth goal of the game.