Valencia 4-1 Levante UD
Valencia stepped onto their Mestalla pitch with a clear goal in mind, win the derby by a decent amount and that’s exactly what they did. Valencia enjoyed a major part of the possession and the victory was well deserved. Valencia started the game off excellently scoring the first in 23 minutes. Piatti played a major role in crossing the ball to Pablo Hernández who found Jonas through the defense who finished with ease. It seemed offside, but the play was good.
The second came due to Soldado’s goal-scoring instinct after Javi Venta fumbles the ball in the penalty area with a hungry Soldado to shoot it in.
Six minutes later, a fierce Koné takes a powerful shot into the top corner from distance that was unstoppable. It seemed like Levante were going to get back into to game. Right before halftime, Pablo Hernández finds Piatti who was alone with the keeper rushing at him, scores the third but both seem to get a knock in the process. Hernández was outstanding.
Unfortunately, Pablo Hernández picks up an injury three minutes before the 70th, and is substituted for Feghouli.
Valencia were still looking for the fourth throughout the second half, and get it in the last minute. After Feghouli attempts to put a cross in, the ball falls to the feet of Tino Costa just outside the box, and the defenders knew a shot was coming so they rush to block the shot but help the cause when it rebounds off the defender up in the air past keeper Munua for the final goal of the night.
Valencia head in to the second leg of the fixture with a big advantage over their rivals stepping closer to the semi finals.
Valencia CF: Alves, Barragán, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Tino Costa, Albelda, Pablo Hernández (Feghouli, min. 68), Piatti (Éver, min. 74), Jonas (Aduriz, min. 84) and Soldado.
Levante UD: Keylor Navas (Munúa, min. 46), Javi Venta, Ballesteros, Cabral, Juanfran, Iborra, Torres, Pallardó, Barkero (El Zhar, min. 11), Roger (Rafa Jordá, min. 72) and Kone.