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Primera División

  • September 10, 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: José Luis González González
  • • Attendance: 45000

Valencia 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Roberto Soldado's header earns narrow victory

Valencia 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Roberto Soldado's header earns narrow victory

Roberto Soldado, Valencia vs Racing Santander (Getty)

The Spanish striker's powerful header was enough to see off the visitors, as Valencia keep maintained a perfect start to the domestic season

Valencia registered their second win in a row in the Primera Division after defeating rivals Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Mestalla, thanks to a Roberto Soldado header in the second half.

Radamel Falcao started his first match as an Atletico player and the new number nine was almost through on goal in the fifth minute, only to go down in the box after a nudge from Victor Ruiz, however the Colombians appeals for a penalty were waved away.

Valencia were  starting to get forward at every opportunity and in the 12th minute Soldado was denied by Thibaut Courtois, the young Belgian pulling off a neat save at the near post. Soldado then turned provider with a neat through ball to put Pablo Piatti through on goal, the Argentine managed to find the net, only for his effort to be flagged offside.

Coach Gregorio Manzano's side then had a chance open the scoring, Tiago put Adrian through on goal with a beautiful chipped ball, but Vicente Guaita pulled made a good save to deny the young Spaniard.

Five minutes before half time Valencia were denied again, Jonas’ powerful drive was pushed away by Courtois after Soldado had teed the Brazilian up on the edge of the box.

The second half began and it did not take long for the hosts to take the lead, a great cross from Miguel on the right flank was met by Soldado, the former Real Madrid youth player's powerful header flew straight past Courtois and into the top corner.

Atletico had a great chance to equalise in the 82nd minute, but Guaita was ready at the near post, to deny substitute Arda Turan after a good through ball from Jose Antonio Reyes. It turned out to be the last real chance for the away side as Valencia kept up their positive start to the La Liga campaign.