The official website for European football

Valencia head for victory

Published: Tuesday 31 August 2004, 0.03CET
Valencia CF began their Primera División defence with a 2-1 triumph against Villarreal CF on Monday.

UEFA.com features

The UEFA Academy – UEFA's commitment to learning
  • The UEFA Academy – UEFA's commitment to learning
  • Virgil van Dijk hands over €100,000 donation to ICRC on behalf of UEFA
  • Roberto Rosetti on the introduction of Video Assistant Referees
  • Professional Football Strategy Council meets in Nyon
  • Who makes our Europa League Team of the Week?
  • UEFA Champions League round of 16 classics
  • Who makes our Europa League Team of the Week?
  • Who makes our Europa League Team of the Week?
  • Drogba's greatest UEFA Champions League hits
  • Who makes our Europa League Team of the Week?
1 of 10
Published: Tuesday 31 August 2004, 0.03CET

Valencia head for victory

Valencia CF began their Primera División defence with a 2-1 triumph against Villarreal CF on Monday.

Three days after winning the UEFA Super Cup, Valencia CF began their Primera División defence with a 2-1 victory against Villarreal CF.

Marchena opener
Valencia were keen to follow up their triumph against FC Porto in Monaco on Friday with three points in Claudio Ranieri's first league game in charge. And they opened the scoring on 27 minutes when Carlos Marchena headed in Vícente Rodriguez's corner.

Forlán on target
The lead doubled eleven minutes later after Rubén Baraja, who scored with his head against Porto, did so again from a Vicente Rodríguez free-kick. However, UEFA Intertoto Cup winners Villarreal pushed hard to get back into the game, and gave themselves hope in the 79th minute when Diego Forlán, a recent signing from Manchester United FC, pulled a goal back.

Valencia hold on
Valencia held on, however, to ensure they matched the winning starts of the teams tipped to challenge hardest for their title, Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona.

Last updated: 31/08/04 12.15CET

Results

Standings

Related information

Team profiles

https://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/news/newsid=220901.html#valencia+head+victory