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Valencia gives new coach first win

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain - Valencia striker Pablo Alcacer celebrated his first call-up for Spain by scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 win over 10-man Malaga in the Spanish league.

Yesterday's victory, sealed by further goals from Dani Parejo and Pablo Piatti, gave new coach Nuno Espirito Santo a winning debut at Mestalla Stadium after Valencia drew 1-1 at Sevilla in the first round of matches.

Malaga threatened through forwards Roque Santa Cruz and Juanmi Jimenez until midfielder Sergi Darder saw a straight red for a studs-first tackle on Parejo in the 27th.

The 20-year-old Alcacer was included in Vicente del Bosque's squad for Spain's coming friendly against France and the first qualifier for the 2016 European Championship against Macedonia.

He then swung the game in Valencia's favour in the 31st when he used a nice touch to flick Jose Gaya's dipping cross past goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.

Weligton added to Malaga's troubles by stopping a pass with his arm in the area. That gave Parejo a penalty kick that Kameni did well to block - only for the midfielder to score from the rebound in the 45th.

Alcacer added an assist to his strong showing by setting up Piatti, who stabbed the ball inside the upright to finish off a flowing move and seal the win in the 56th.

Earlier, a first-half goal by Alvaro Vazquez gave Getafe a 1-0 victory over Almeria in its first home match this season.

Vazquez, who was lent to Swansea last season, arrived between two defenders to chest Freddy Hinestroza's deflected cross beyond goalkeeper Vicente Guaita following a counterattack in the 29th.








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