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Soldado spearheads Valencia romp

Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 23.11CET
Valencia CF 7-0 KRC Genk
Roberto Soldado's first-half hat-trick set up an emphatic home victory and left Unai Emery's side facing a matchday six shoot-out against Chelsea FC.
by Graham Hunter
from Mestalla

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Match statistics

ValenciaGenk

Goals scored7
 
0
Attempts on target17
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
4
Corners9
 
8
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)58
 
42

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

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Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 23.11CET

Soldado spearheads Valencia romp

Valencia CF 7-0 KRC Genk
Roberto Soldado's first-half hat-trick set up an emphatic home victory and left Unai Emery's side facing a matchday six shoot-out against Chelsea FC.

Valencia CF's second straight impressive home UEFA Champions League performance brought them an emphatic and vital victory against KRC Genk and set up a tense Group E finale.

Roberto Soldado was the architect of Valencia's 4-0 half-time lead, scoring a 26-minute hat-trick to add to Jonas' tenth-minute opener. Further strikes from Pablo Hernández, Aritz Aduriz and Tino Costa took the Spanish side within one goal of a record-equalling UEFA Champions League win – but of more relevance was that the result moved them level with Chelsea FC, their matchday six opponents. Then another win, or a scoring draw, will take Valencia into the round of 16 at their opponents' expense.

From the outset the home side played with pace, intent and authority. For a few moments it looked like the night might belong to Jonas, scorer of the second fastest UEFA Champions League goal on matchday four who recently opened his account for Brazil. The forward continued his rich vein of form ten minutes into this sumptuous display, nodding Costa's perfect cross past László Köteles.

Three minutes later it was Jonas' sweeping pass that created the second for Soldado, who turned Khaleem Hyland and dinked the ball beyond Köteles. The drums at either end of the stadium seemed to be thumping out a samba beat, but then the Spaniard rather took over, taking his record to 25 goals in his last 26 matches in all competitions.

Costa played a major role in Soldado's second goal on 35 minutes, his quick free-kick catching Genk unawares and allowing Jonas to play in the centre-forward for another cool finish. The striker soon completed his treble as Sofiane Feghouli's shot deflected to Pablo, who instantly saw Soldado well placed and set up more acclaim from the adoring Mestalla crowd.

Despite being beaten four times inside the first 40 minutes, Genk goalkeeper Köteles performed creditably, denying Costa with two leaping saves. The Valencia barrage simply did not stop, even when Soldado departed to a hero's ovation just before the hour having also scraped the post with a flicked header.

Unai Emery's substitutes Pablo Piatti and Dani Parejo drew more fine saves before the home coach's final replacement, Aduriz, added a bullish sixth after Pablo's right-footed shot made it 5-0 with 22 minutes left. Icing was put on the cake with a fine seventh from Costa after his one-two with Aduriz. Valencia will head to Stamford Bridge in a fortnight with progress in their sights.

Last updated: 10/12/12 3.54CET

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Quotes

  • Unai Emery

    Read more"In our last match against Chelsea any draw of 1-1 or better will do us. Our mentality will be to go there to win"

  • Mario Been

    Read more"I said to the players in the dressing room that this is a level too high for us"

Lineups

valencia

Valencia

genk

Genk

1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
26
KötelesLászló Köteles (GK)
4
RamiAdil Rami
7
HylandKhaleem Hyland
Substitution61
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
8
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér (C)
7
JonasJonas
Goal10
9
VossenJelle Vossen
Substitution46
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution57
11
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado (C)
Goal13
Goal35
Goal39
Yellow Card64
Substitution65
14
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
18
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
Yellow Card16
Substitution46
15
CamusFabien Camus
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Goal68
18
BardaElyaniv Barda
Substitution71
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
19
BuffelThomas Buffel
23
MiguelMiguel
20
NadsonNadson
24
CostaTino Costa
Goal81
33
PudilDaniel Pudil

Substitutes

13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
1
SandomierskiGrzegorz Sandomierski (GK)
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
16
NgongcaAnele Ngongca
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution65
Goal70
21
NdabashinzeDugary Ndabashinze
12
BarragánAntonio Barragán
23
SarrMohamed Sarr
Substitution46
14
PiattiPablo Piatti
Substitution57
27
NwangangaKennedy Nwanganga
Substitution71
17
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
35
LimbombeAnthony Limbombe
Substitution61
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution46
48
PeetersStef Peeters

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Mario Been (NED)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Said Ennjimi (FRA), Clément Turpin (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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