Tino Costa heads Valencia winner as Depor stay bottom
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Tino Costa headed an injury time winner for Valencia to win 3-2 at Deportivo La Coruna, the hosts finishing the game with nine men to remain bottom of the league.
Valencia move into fifth and level on 33 points with city neighbours Levante, but both can be surpassed by Rayo Vallecano and Malaga, who are in action on Sunday.
Deportivo stay rock bottom of La Liga, now four points from safety, and will have to improve if they are to avoid the drop.
Yesterday they began very nervously when Jonas Goncalves headed home a near post corner to put Valencia ahead after only 32 seconds.
Depor then survived an early Valencia onslaught and Costa, Pablo Piatti, Jonas and Nelson Valdez on two occasions could have extended the lead before Riki struck twice to give his side an unexpected lead at the interval.
The equaliser came on 32 minutes with a header from a Pizzi free-kick before he broke on the counter-attack and hit a left-footed drive on the stroke of half-time to make it 2-1.
Riki now has eight for the season but his team has the worst defensive record in the league and they were not helped on 52 minutes when Silvio, a recent loan signing from Atletico Madrid, received his marching orders for a second yellow card.
Seven minutes later Valdez made up for his earlier misses by turning home a Juan Bernat cross but he later saw a volley brilliantly save by Dani Aranzubia in the Depor goal that appeared to have earned a vital point.
Then Costa popped up in injury time with the winner and Depor's Paulo Assuncao made it worse when he left his side to finish the game with nine after an elbow on Valdez.
Levante had earlier come from behind to grab a last minute winner and beat Valladolid 2-1