Valencia 2-0 Sevilla: Mata And Pablo On Target For Los Che As Kanoute Sees Red

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Valencia secured a convincing 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the Mestalla this evening to begin their Primera Division campaign with an excellent result against the Champions League challengers.

Juan Mata and Pablo Hernandez netted in the second half to give Los Che the points, but Sevilla may feel slightly hard done by, after Frederic Kanoute was red carded on the stroke of half-time for two bookable offences.

The pitch at the Mestalla played a major part in this encounter, with the usually pristine surface cutting up and creating divots, and making a passing game virtually impossible.

The first-half suffered greatly as a result, as neither side were able to put together a move of any relevance in what was a hugely disappointing opening period.

The most significant incident came right on half-time. Frederic Kanoute, who had been booked midway through the half, went in with a raised boot that appeared to catch Valencia captain Carlos Marchena.

In the eyes of the referee, it merited dangerous play, and the furious Mali international was given his marching orders, handing an immediate advantage to Valencia.

It was one that did not take them long to convert. Two minutes into the second half, Ever Banega, who has been linked with a move to English Premier League side Everton over the past few days, drove into the box and laid the ball on for Juan Mata, who clinically despatched the ball into the corner giving Andres Palop no chance.

It was an excellent finish, and appeared to suck the life from the Sevilla players who were already facing up to a backs-to-the-wall display.

Manolo Jimenez was forced to change his tactics, and threw on new signing Alvaro Negredo to provide some support to Luis Fabiano, but at this stage of the match, there appeared to be only one winner.

And despite Negredo having a brief sight of goal that was easily saved by Moya, Los Che put the game beyond doubt towards the end.

The ball was spread out wide to Pablo Hernandez, and as the ball sat up he guided his effort with precision into the corner of Palop’s net to seal the points.

It was a difficult start for Sevilla, who now must face up to losing Kanoute through suspension, but it was an important win for Valencia in their quest to regain their top four status.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on August 31, 2009.

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