Madrid, Sept 29, 2020 (AFP) - Valencia opened the fourth round of Liga matches on Tuesday with a 1-0 away win at Real Sociedad to move to the top of the Spanish table.
Real Sociedad would also have gone top with a victory and while they dominated play were however frustrated by an impressive display from the visiting goalkeeper Jaume Domenech.
The hosts lost their fluency after changing four attacking players in a mass switch in the 67th minute.
Maxi Gomez finished off a rare Valencia counter-attack to score the winning goal from close range after 75 minutes.
Valencia had been under pressure after a draw at home to Huesca on Saturday came on the back of a surprise loss away at Celta Vigo.
New coach Javi Gracia has already expressed disappointment with the club's summer transfer dealings.
But his side now top the standings with seven points after four games albeit with five teams in action this week who are within three points, including Real Madrid who welcome Valladolid on Thursday.
The midweek round ends with Celta, who could also end up in first place, hosting Barcelona, who have only played one match, on Thursday.