Valencia missed the opportunity to put pressure on third-placed Real Madrid after two incisive strikes from Loïc Rémy helped Getafe claim an impressive victory at the Estadio Mestalla.
Rodrigo Moreno responded to give the home team a boost, but it proved to be only a consolation in a game which was soured by Dani Parejo’s late red card for a rash challenge on Jorge Molina, in which the captain spitefully elbowed the Getafe striker.
After a bright performance against Barcelona yielded no points, Valencia looked to bounce back by continuing their impressive home form.
But the visitors pounced after 16 minutes when Damián Suárez’s defence-splitting pass enabled Rémy – on loan from Crystal Palace – to emphatically finish past goalkeeper Jaume Domènech, after Gonçalo Guedes had lost possession in midfield.
Valencia could have equalised with two headed opportunities, first through Nemanja Maksimović who nodded over from a corner and then Simone Zaza who glanced wide from a free kick.
Getafe punished the hosts early in the second period after a smooth build-up ended with Molina unselfishly finding Rémy who slotted in calmly from the edge of the box to grab his second goal of the match.
José Bordalás’ men nearly added another to their tally, but Molina lofted his shot high and wide after some neat footwork in the box.
Valencia went close when José Gayà reacted well to a loose ball in the area to head an attempt just over the crossbar.
The moment of inspiration arrived when substitute Rodrigo cleverly swivelled to make space for a shot which he arrowed expertly into the far corner beyond stopper Vicente Guaita, after some clever passes had stretched the Getafe defence.
Three minutes later, the score was almost level when Zaza did well to make contact with Ferrán Torres’ clipped cross, but the Italian could only head over from a yard out.
Soon after, Fayçal Fajr’s inswinging corner nearly caught out Jaume who did well to get a hand on the Moroccan’s set piece and prevent a freak goal.
Getafe did not need another, however, and to make matters worse for Valencia, Parejo was dismissed for spitefully elbowing Molina in an off-the-ball incident near the end.
Los Che next have an opportunity to recover from two consecutive losses when they travel to play Celta Vigo, while Getafe go to Eibar in the next round of La Liga fixtures.
Valencia: Jaume; Gayà, Murillo, Garay, Montoya; Guedes, Parejo, Maksimović (Torres 61’), Pereira (Soler 61’); Vietto (Rodrigo 61’), Zaza.
Getafe: Guaita; Cabrera, González Cabrera, Djené Dakonam, Suárez; Amath (Antunes 90+2’), Fajr, Flamini, Portillo; (Mora 76’) Molina, Remy (Jiménez 62’).