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October 25, 2013 12:35 AM IST
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ P. van Boekel‎
Attendance:‬ 26645‎
 

Valencia 5-1 St Gallen: Cartabia double lifts spirits at Mestalla

Miroslav Djukic's men made it two straight wins in the Europa League to put themselves just a point behind Group A leaders Swansea City

By Chris Myson

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Fede Cartabia scored twice as Valencia romped to a 5-1 Europa League victory over Swiss side St. Gallen at Mestalla. 

The Argentine starlet netted his first and second goals for the club as Miroslav Djukic’s side closed the gap behind Swansea City at the top of Group A to a solitary point.

The five-goal show gave the hosts a much-needed morale boost having lost to Real Sociedad in La Liga at the weekend.

It was Paco Alcacer who opened the scoring by tucking away a rebound before Cartabia netted twice in the space of nine minutes to have Valencia 3-0 ahead by the half-hour mark.

The winger’s first goal was a deflected effort before he took advantage of a goalkeeping error from Daniel Lopar, who endured a difficult night.

Ricardo Costa soon headed home a fourth and the fifth goal eventually arrived in the 71st minute when Sergio Canales capped off an impressive individual display by finding the net from a free-kick.

Stephane Nater’s goal for the visitors was scant consolation and they now sit four points adrift of Swansea, who drew 1-1 at home to Kuban Krasnodar in the group’s other game.

Speaking after the match, Djukic was understandably thrilled with his side’s performance.

The coach said: “We played a good, intense game and I’m happy because we restricted our rival to very few chances.

“Against Swansea we had a man sent off after 10 minutes and we felt that loss heavily. The team has recovered and competed well since then, but we are aware we have not won anything yet.

“Some players who did well tonight have shown the others in the squad that they will not be allowed to relax and be sure of their place in the team.”


Valencia

13
Guaita
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
Víctor Ruiz
Defender
33′
3.00
20
Ricardo Costa
Defender
33′
3.50
12
João Pereira
Defender
30′ 56′
3.00
6
Oriol Romeu
Midfielder
3.00
14
Juan Bernat
Midfielder
3.50
21
Parejo
Midfielder
3.50
28
4.50
17
Pablo Piatti
Striker
3.00
16
Paco Alcácer
Striker
12′ 76′
4.00
16
Canales
Midfielder
71′
4.00

Sankt Gallen

1.00
1
Daniel Lopar
Goalkeeper
2.00
-
1.50
-
2.00
-
Mario Mutsch
Midfielder
3.50
-
Stephane Nater
Midfielder
74′
2.00
-
2.50
-
Marco Mathys
Midfielder
2.50
28
Ermir Lenjani
Midfielder
2.00
-
2.50
-
2.00
-

Substitutes

1
Diego Alves
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
 - 
15
Javi Fuego
Midfielder
 - 
24
Míchel
Striker
56′
3.00
7
Jonas
Striker
 - 
23
 - 
11
D. Pabón
Striker
65′
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
-
Marcel Herzog
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
Ivan Martic
Midfielder
3.00
-
Muhamed Demiri
Midfielder
46′
 - 
-
3.00
7
Nushi Kristian
Midfielder
56′
3.00
10
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

-
3.50

Coach/Manager

2.50
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Results
Group A Matchday 2
Times In IST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
Striker
Toronto FC
7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0