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Valencia stride to fine victory

Published: Tuesday 14 August 2007, 22.44CET
Valencia CF 3-0 Elfsborg IF The Spanish giants took a firm hold of their destiny following a commanding performance at home.
Valencia stride to fine victory
Vicente Rodríguez (right) celebrates scoring with Joaquín Sánchez ©Getty Images

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Published: Tuesday 14 August 2007, 22.44CET

Valencia stride to fine victory

Valencia CF 3-0 Elfsborg IF The Spanish giants took a firm hold of their destiny following a commanding performance at home.

Valencia CF will take a commanding lead into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against IF Elfsborg after scoring three unanswered goals.

Established scorers
Home coach Quique Sánchez Flores elected to stick with the old guard, preferring to keep this summer's signings on the bench in favour of those players who were involved in last season's run to the quarter-finals. And three of those, Vicente Rodríguez, David Silva and Fernando Morientes, were the goalscorers tonight.

Early goal
Vicente was beset by ankle trouble last season, including in the first leg of their defeat by Chelsea FC, but made up for lost time by giving Valencia the lead after just six minutes. David Villa's shot was only parried by Johan Wiland and Vicente pounced on the rebound.

Wiland saves
Wiland gave an otherwise excellent performance and the Elsborg goalkeeper was on hand to prevent the Spanish side from doubling their lead just eight minutes later when he pulled off a fine save from Italian defender Emiliano Moretti. The visiting custodian was having a busy night and he twice denied the ever-menacing Vicente before the break, first by keeping out a 31st-minute free-kick and then parrying a powerful shot a minute before the interval.

Silva header
The home side continued to dominate after the break with Rubén Baraja twice going close and Silva hitting the post on 55 minutes. It was but a prelude of things to come, however, as Silva rose to head Joaquín Sánchez's cross into the net three minutes later to make it 2-0.

Morientes on target
Sánchez Flores brought Morientes on for Vicente on the hour and the experienced striker rounded off the scoring for Valencia eleven minutes later, as he profited from yet another accurate Joaquín centre. Perhaps understandably, the tempo of the game dropped for the final 20 minutes with Valencia now confident of returning to the group stage with the benefit of a three-goal cushion to take to the second leg in Sweden on 29 August.

Last updated: 15/08/07 10.37CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

elfsborg

Elfsborg

6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
22
AugustssonAndreas Augustsson
4
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
19
BjörckFredrik Björck
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
10
HolménSamuel Holmén
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
7
IlolaJari Ilola
Substitution76
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Goal58
24
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
4
KarlssonJohan Karlsson
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
17
KeeneJames Keene
Substitution63
14
VicenteVicente
Goal14
Substitution59
11
MobaeckDaniel Mobaeck
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution81
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson (C)
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution78
9
Mathias SvenssonMathias Svensson
Substitution70
12
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
30
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)

Substitutes

10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Substitution81
6
AlexanderssonDaniel Alexandersson
Substitution70
23
MiguelMiguel
5
AnderssonMartin Andersson
11
GavilánJaime Gavilán
Substitution78
14
AvdicDenni Avdic
Substitution76
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution59
Goal70
20
BajramiEmir Bajrami
15
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
33
BerglundFredrik Berglund
Substitution63
19
ArizmendiJavier Arizmendi
2
FlorénMathias Florén
13
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
1
HassanAbbas Hassan (GK)

Coach

Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP) Magnus Haglund (SWE)

Referee

Robert Malek (POL)

Assistant referees

Krzysztof Myrmus (POL), Konrad Sapela (POL)

Fourth official

Mariusz Podgorski (POL)

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