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Spanish Primera BBVA

Mestalla (ATT 45,000) 3rd November 2012 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitienes

Valencia Valencia vs Atletico Madrid A Madrid

Valencia 2

R Soldado (20)
N Valdez (90+5)
R Costa (S/O 90)


10-man Valencia see off Atletico

Last Updated: 03/11/12 11:08pm

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Roberto Soldado celebrates Valencia's opener

Roberto Soldado celebrates Valencia's opener

Valencia survived the dismissals of Ricardo Costa and two of their coaching staff to inflict a first defeat of the season on Atletico Madrid who they beat 2-0.

Roberto Soldado's stunning opener gave the hosts an interval lead and Nelson Valdez rounded off the victory in stoppage time.

Costa was dismissed in the 90th minute for a second booking and coach Mauricio Pellegrino and his assistant Carlos Compagnucci were sent from the dug-out in separate incidents, but it was Valencia's day nonetheless.

Atletico started the brighter and Gabi Fernandez was first to threaten, shooting over from 12 yards, and Radamel Falcao curled a 14th-minute free-kick high over the bar.

They went closer when Arda Turan's header was well saved low down by Diego Alves and Falcao was clearly held by Joao Pereira, preventing him latching on to the rebound.

To add injury to insult, he was caught by Soldado's trailing foot after the striker cleared the loose ball behind and had to go off to have his head bandaged.

The breakthrough came at the other end in the 20th minute as Soldado met Adil Rami's long pass, dropping over his shoulder, with a superb volley into the far top corner.

Rami blocked Adrian Lopez's shot and was off target with a hopelessly ambitious effort of his own, while Falcao could not direct the ball goalwards when surrounded by defenders.

Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino was sent to the stands before half-time for protesting as one of his players lay injured.

Arda flashed an effort just over in an otherwise low-key start to the second period.

Atleti introduced Cristian Rodriguez in place of Emre Belozoglu and the newcomer was involved in the build-up as Falcao headed Filipe Luis' cross over.

Tiago Cardoso was booked for jabbing an arm at Adrian and Costa followed after going through the back of Jonas Oliveira.

Diego Alves parried away Cristian Rodriguez's long-range free-kick but Valencia had the opportunity to kill the game off when Andres Guardado raced into the penalty area and fired over.

Costa collected a harsh second booking, moments after taking over the captaincy from the substituted Soldado, when his arm caught Raul Garcia. The protests from the bench saw assistant coach Carlos Compagnucci sent to the stand.

Despite the upheaval, though, Valencia grabbed a second goal deep into injury time when Sofiane Feghouli played in Soldado's replacement Valdez to round keeper Thibaut Courtois and finish left-footed.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 33 81
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 33 72
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 33 53
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 33 46
9 Celta Vigo 32 42
10 Espanyol 33 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
12 Real Sociedad 33 39
13 Getafe 33 36
14 Elche 33 34
15 Levante 33 32
16 Eibar 32 31
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 33 20