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Soldado hat-trick earns Valencia the points

Published: Saturday 27 August 2011, 23.58CET
Valencia CF started the Liga campaign with a thrilling 4-3 defeat of Real Racing Club, Roberto Soldado scoring a hat-trick on the opening day for the second time in two years.

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Published: Saturday 27 August 2011, 23.58CET

Soldado hat-trick earns Valencia the points

Valencia CF started the Liga campaign with a thrilling 4-3 defeat of Real Racing Club, Roberto Soldado scoring a hat-trick on the opening day for the second time in two years.

Roberto Soldado had a match to remember as he scored an own goal and a hat-trick as Valencia CF opened their Liga campaign with a 4-3 win against Real Racing Club at Mestalla.

Having taken the lead inside a minute through Soldado's first of the night, the UEFA Champions League contenders were trailing 3-1 when defender Adil Rami (57) headed in Pablo Hernández's corner. There was a sting in the tail, however, as Soldado struck twice in the final two minutes, the 26-year-old completing his hat-trick from Jordi Alba's ball across goal.

It is the second time Soldado has scored three goals on the opening day of the season against Racing, having previously achieved the feat in a 4-1 success for Getafe CF two years ago.

There was also drama aplenty at El Molinón, where a double from Imanol Agirretxe earned Real Sociedad de Fútbol a 2-1 triumph over Real Sporting de Gijón. Both sides ended with ten men following the dismissals of Carlos Martínez and Lora.

Meanwhile, Castro Rubén headed in an 88th-minute winner for Real Betis Balompié, promoted as second-tier champions, at fellow newcomers Grenada CF.

Last updated: 06/12/13 9.49CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 09/09/2011 12:42 CET

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Granada CFGranada CF0-1BetisBetis

Rubén 88

Venue: Granada

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ValenciaValencia4-3RacingRacing

Rami 57, Soldado 1, 6 (o.g.), 88, 90

Acosta 14, Adrián González 56

Venue: Valencia

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Sporting GijónSporting Gijón1-2Real SociedadReal Sociedad

De las Cuevas 68 (p)

Agirretxe 35, 65

Venue: Gijon

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