Getafe fairytale run marked by wonder goal

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Getafe moved into third place in La Liga with a convincing 3-0 win over Valencia while Atletico Madrid edged Granada to go fourth.

Facing three defenders all alone outside Valencia's area, it looked like Getafe's Jorge Molina had nowhere to go.

But instead of waiting for his teammates' help, the 37-year-old forward surprised everyone and scored one of the goals of the season in Spain's La Liga on Saturday.

Rumbling into the box, Molina sent Gabriel Paulista sprawling to the turf. He then deftly turned to wrong-foot Geoffrey Kondogbia and Mouctar Diakhaby and placed a precise strike inside the post.

The goal sent Getafe's fans into ecstasy and doubled the lead for the hosts.

The brilliant effort came nine minutes after Molina opened the scoring by beating Valencia's defenders to a rebound in the 58th.

Molina's strike partner, Jaime Mata, capped the 3-0 victory with three minutes to go after Valencia's Alessandro Florenzi was sent off for cutting down Marc Cucurella.

"Our strength is that we are a team. It doesn't matter who plays," Molina said.

"The team played a well-rounded match. We were superior, and the result is well deserved."

Getafe's fourth win in a row has them third as the modest club from southern Madrid continues to surpass expectations.

Asked about the possibility of securing Champions League football for next season coach Jose Bordalas said: "I don't talk to the players about that.

"I talk to them about the day to day and how we should enjoy the good moments.

"We are not setting out any long term targets... We are swimming and we can see the beach. We can't give up until we reach the shore. That will be week 38 of the season."

Valencia are sixth, in the second Europa League spot.

Elsewhere, Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion played his first match in a month to help injury-hit Atletico Madrid beat Granada 1-0.

On his return, Koke set up Angel Correa in the sixth minute for the only goal of the game.

Atletico's first win in four rounds let lifted them to fourth while Granda remain mid-table.

Levante's 2-0 win over Leganes was their first victory in 2020 and ended a four-game losing streak, leaving the visitors in the relegation zone.

Seventh-placed Villarreal drew 1-1 at 15th-placed Valladolid.

Source AAP