Roberto Soldado hit a hat-trick as Unai Emery's men ran riot, but they came short of Liverpool's 8-0 mark over Besiktas in 2007-08 and still haven't qualified for the knockout
By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Editor
Roberto Soldado struck a hat-trick as Valencia thrashed Genk 7-0 in one of the largest winning margins in a Champions League match on Wednesday night.
The Spanish side could only draw 0-0 in the first game between the two sides in Belgium, but needed a win in this match to boost their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the competition.
Three goals from in-form striker Soldado, two from Jonas and one apiece from Pablo Hernandez and Aritz Aduriz gave Unai Emery's side a record-breaking victory, the biggest by a Spanish side in the history of the Champions League, although Real Madrid did beat Sevilla 8-0 in the old European Cup back in 1957-58.
The Champions League mark also stands at 8-0, set by Liverpool - then coached by former Valencia boss Rafa Benitez - when they thumped Turkish side Besiktas by that scoreline in the 2007-08 season.
Valencia are now one of four teams to have won by a seven-goal margin in Europe's premier club competition, with Arsenal, Juventus and Marseille achieving the same feat against Slavia Prague, Olympiakos and Zilina, respectively.
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Manchester United's impressive 7-1 win over Roma and Bayern's victory over Sporting Lisbon by that identical scoreline also feature, while Real Madrid appear on the list courtesy of a 6-0 success at home to Genk - now twice on the chart after their 7-0 loss at Valencia - in 2002-03.
But there is no Barcelona victory in the top 10, despite the Catalans' brilliant form in Europe over the last few seasons. Pep Guardiola's side beat BATE Borisov 5-0 in the competition earlier this season, but such a scoreline is more common in Europe these days and Monaco's incredible 8-3 success over Deportivo La Coruna in 2003-04 no longer makes the list, either.
Despite their win on Wednesday night, Valencia are not guaranteed of progress to the next round of the competition, needing a win to secure passage to the last 16, although a score draw at Stamford Bridge may be enough for the Spanish side to advance.
Valencia's Jonas, who netted twice on Wednesday, also scored the second-fastest goal in Champions League history this season when he fired home after just 10.5 seconds against Leverkusen on matchday four.
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