A point. That is the gap now at Villarreal Valencia. The third place is closer than ever on a day which Unai Emery has been the real winners of the other league, the earth. The team returned to offer two sides in two separate parts, but at least left a good taste and adds three key points. Valencia's attitude suggests that a step up in the standings is more than possible.
Unai Emery opted to keep the diamond that tested against Racing last weekend in search of offensive push that brought in the second part of Santander, but this time not so successful. The Hercules stood firm behind and put strong pressure not help but think to Valencia. A high shot from the edge of Costa Tino was little that was seen in the first half hour. Then, the Argentine star was again after a set piece situation where almost surprised to Calatayud, in the corner that forced Topal crashed the ball into the stick. It was a flurry of attacking football as the game immediately turned to boredom, and when least expected Aduriz the goal came at 42 minutes to finish so lucky acrobatics as a cross from Soldier.
The both allowed to breathe more peacefully to rest and that was when the computer is turned while the Hercules accused his efforts go unrewarded. He saw three minutes of the restart with a header from Calatayud avoided Aduriz where the sentence, but after 52 minutes and could not prolong survival after another 'Tinaz' house brand. The Argentine hit planted the leather and seamlessly to the second and put the maximum pressure allowed to Villarreal.
Mestalla began to enjoy and maybe that's the best news after several games in which suffering was inevitable. Rufete was applause from the stands on his return to the Coliseum and white and there was time to applaud Guaita, Don Vicente, after incredible paradón Fritzler after a parable. The numbers speak for themselves. Four consecutive victories at the Mestalla, eight games without defeat ... 1 to a point in the third. Villarreal, here we go.
2 - Valencia: Guaita, Bruno, David Navarro, Stankevicius, Mathieu, Topal, Banega (Joaquín, m.86), Chori Domínguez (Isco, m.75), Tino Costa, Soldier and Aduriz (Jordi Alba, m.84) .
0 - Hercules: Calatayud, Cortes, Juanra, Rodriguez, Peña (Tiago Gomes, m.40), Frietzler, Abel Aguilar (Drenthe, m.63), Kiko Femenía, Tote, Thomert (Rufete, m.73) and Valdez.
Goals: 1-0, m.43: Aduriz. 2-0, m.53: Tino Costa.
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Cantabrian school). Banega admonished, Dominguez and David Navarro by Valencia, and on the Hercules and Thomert Rodriguez
Subs: match at the Mestalla stadium before 40,000 spectators. Pitch in good condition.