Alvaro Negredo scores a late golazo for Valencia against Levante

Alvaro Negredo MCFC

Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo added the icing on the cake, as his side secured a comfortable victory against city rivals Levante.

Monday night's Valencian derby in La Liga, saw the bragging rights remain with the home fans at the Mestalla, as Valencia swept to a convincing 3-0 win against Levante.

The victory and three points seats Valencia in third position now, as they continue their chase for a Champions League finish this season.

Talented young Spanish international, Paco Alcacer, showed great predatory instincts in the 16th minute with his header, getting on the end of a pinpoint cross from the right flank by Dani Parejo.

As Valencia kept the visitors under constant pressure, the second goal came in the 36th minute. This time from the left flank, as Lucas Orban swept in the cross, then Algerian winger Sofiane Feghouli rose highest to head home.

Leaving the bench in the 73rd minute, former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo was given an opportunity to make his mark on the game. He certainly didn't waste it, but he had to be patient.

Inside the third minute of stoppage time, Negredo held off his marker and struck a superb looping finish on the half-volley, from the edge of the area.

29-year-old Negredo has had to endure a mixture of injury and fitness problems, since his return to Spain. In March, he twisted his knee, but his experience and quality makes him an important part of the team.

Negredo has made 13 appearances in La Liga, ten in the starting eleven, scoring four goals and providing three assists, whilst also scoring one goal from two outings in the Copa del Rey.

Valencia retain an obligatory clause to make his loan move permanent from Manchester City, at the end of the current season, for a fee believed to be around €27 million.

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