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Soldado treble inspires Valencia to beat BATE

Published: Tuesday 23 October 2012, 22.39CET
FC BATE Borisov 0-3 Valencia CF
Roberto Soldado's second UEFA Champions League hat-trick ended BATE's pefect record in Group F, enabling the visitors to join them on six points.

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Match statistics

BATEValencia

Goals scored0
3
on target4
 
9
off target3
 
5
Corners1
 
4
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed14
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)46
 
54

Standings

Group F

PPts
Valencia CF Valencia36
FC BATE Borisov BATE36
FC Bayern München Bayern36
LOSC Lille LOSC30
Last updated: 13/11/2012 15:13 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 23 October 2012, 22.39CET

Soldado treble inspires Valencia to beat BATE

FC BATE Borisov 0-3 Valencia CF
Roberto Soldado's second UEFA Champions League hat-trick ended BATE's pefect record in Group F, enabling the visitors to join them on six points.

A hat-trick from Roberto Soldado fired Valencia CF to their second UEFA Champions League victory of the season and brought an emphatic end to FC BATE Borisov's perfect Group F record.

Soldado put the visitors ahead from the spot on the cusp of half-time and, moments after the hosts had been denied an equaliser, doubled the Liga side's lead with a 55th-minute volley. He completed his second treble in Europe's premier club competition midway through the half as BATE, victors against FC Bayern München on matchday two, were brought crashing back down to earth.

Like the Spain team that defeated Belarus 4-0 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Dinamo Stadion 11 days ago, Valencia were soon monopolising possession. Soldado drew an instinctive save out of Andrei Gorbunov from David Albelda's measured pass down the side of the BATE defence.

Anything the Valencia captain could do, Aleksandr Hleb was able to replicate, though. Within minutes of that initial chance, the former FC Barcelona playmaker dissected the Mestalla outfit's back line. Ricardo Costa, covering round, slid in to clear as Vitali Rodionov prepared to profit.

Soldado then wriggled through two challenges and teed up Andrés Guardado, whose weak shot was easily gathered by Gorbunov, before BATE provided Diego Alves with his first involvement.

Aleksandr Pavlov darted his way to the byline and when his cutback was palmed out by the Valencia goalkeeper, Dmitri Likhtarovich was thwarted on the rebound. Five minutes later, Rodionov headed straight at Alves from Maksim Bordachev's left-wing cross.

Just as BATE seemed to be gaining the upper hand, however, Valencia struck. Soldado, a bustling presence up front, was hauled down by Marko Simić, resulting in a penalty which the Spain striker confidently dispatched.

Ten minutes into the second half Soldado doubled his and Valencia's tally as the game turned on a chance at either end. Alves prevented Rodionov from equalising with an outstretched leg and, with BATE cursing their luck, the Blanquinegros swept downfield with devastating consequences. Soldado finished off a counterattack by sumptuously volleying in Guardado's centre.

With Valencia scenting blood, Soldado set up Tino Costa, whose low shot was kept out by Gorbunov, before the same players combined to kill off the hosts' challenge. For BATE this represents a seventh defeat in as many encounters with Spanish opposition. They will hope to halt that run when the sides meet again on 7 November, a match for which Pavlov is suspended after being booked tonight.

Last updated: 27/11/12 6.21CET

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Lineups

bate

BATE

valencia

Valencia

35
GorbunovAndrei Gorbunov (GK)
1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich (C)
Substitution53
3
CissokhoAly Cissokho
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
Substitution75
4
RamiAdil Rami
15
HlebAleksandr Hleb
5
GagoFernando Gago
17
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
Yellow Card59
Substitution66
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
Yellow Card61
Substitution72
18
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution82
20
RodionovVitali Rodionov
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Yellow Card40
Goal45+1
Goal55
Goal69
Substitution77
21
FilipenkoEgor Filipenko
12
João PereiraJoão Pereira
22
SimićMarko Simić
Yellow Card45+1
17
GuardadoAndrés Guardado
23
OlekhnovichEdgar Olekhnovich
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
33
Polyakov                      Denis Polyakov
24
CostaTino Costa

Substitutes

30
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
5
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
7
JonasJonas
Substitution77
10
Renan BressanRenan Bressan
Substitution75
10
BanegaÉver Banega
Substitution72
13
MozolevskiDmitri Mozolevski
Substitution66
14
BarragánAntonio Barragán
Substitution82
14
RadkovArtem Radkov
15
VieraJonathan Viera
32
SivakovMikhail Sivakov
Substitution53
18
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
77
RudikFilipp Rudik
28
BernatJuan Bernat

Coach

Viktor Goncharenko (BLR) Mauricio Pellegrino (ARG)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Derek Rose (SCO), Alasdair Ross (SCO)

Fourth official

Graham Chambers (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), Paul Robertson (SCO)

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