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Spanish Primera BBVA

Mestalla (ATT 27,000) 29th September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Pedro Jesus Perez Montero

Valencia Valencia vs Real Zaragoza Zaragoza

Valencia 2

S Feghouli (12, S/O 62)
J Viera (59)

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Zaragoza 0

Valencia ease past Zaragoza

Last Updated: 29/09/12 8:45pm

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Sofiane Feghouli: Added a second for Valencia

Sofiane Feghouli: Added a second for Valencia

Valencia recorded only their second victory of the new Primera Division season after easing past Real Zaragoza 2-0 at the Mestalla.

Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring for Los Che in the 12th minute and Jonathan Viera doubled the advantage just before the hour mark.

The dismissal of Feghouli moments later meant Valencia were left facing a nervy final half-hour, but Mauricio Pellegrino's men held on for a much-needed victory following their disappointing start to the campaign.

Los Che, who had finished third in each of the last three campaigns, had earned just five points from a possible 15 and were already 10 adrift of leaders Barcelona heading into Saturday's match.

However, Feghouli's early goal settled some nerves as the Algeria international slotted in at the second attempt after his initial effort had been blocked by Zaragoza defender Alvaro Gonzalez.

Zaragoza, who beat Osasuna 3-1 last time out to double their tally of points for the season, tried to claw their way back and Valencia were indebted to their goalkeeper Vicente Guaita for keeping them ahead with fine saves from Paco Montanes and Jose Mari just prior to half-time.

Valencia were perhaps lucky to be in front at the break and that good fortune continued at the start of the second half when Zaragoza midfielder Victor Rodriguez smashed a shot against the crossbar.

It was Zaragoza's turn to ride their luck in the 54th minute when Valencia striker Jonas also hit the woodwork following a great pass from Tino Costa.

Valencia did not have to wait much longer to increase their lead though, as Viera slotted in at the far post after Jonas' effort at the near post was deflected across goal.

At 2-0, Valencia must have been confident the points were theirs, but Feghouli's second yellow card for a foul two minutes after Viera's goal gave Zaragoza a lifeline.

However, the visitors could not make the most of their man advantage and in the end Valencia might have claimed a bigger win after creating some decent openings in the closing stages.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 28 68
2 Real Madrid 28 64
3 Valencia 28 60
4 Atletico Madrid 28 59
5 Sevilla 28 55
6 Villarreal 28 49
7 Malaga 28 44
8 Athletic Bilbao 28 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 35
12 Espanyol 28 34
13 Getafe 28 29
14 Eibar 28 28
15 Elche 28 27
16 Deportivo La Coruna 28 26
17 Almeria 28 25
18 Levante 28 25
19 Granada 28 23
20 Cordoba 28 18