Valencia secured a 3-0 Champions League win over BATE Borisov in Minsk thanks to a first half penalty and two excellent second half strikes from Spanish forward Roberto Soldado.
Valencia were the deserved winners of this Group F fixture as they adopted a far more attacking approach than their hosts and took full advantage with a superb hat-trick from Soldado settling the tie.
BATE were confident going into the match after their long unbeaten run from July to October in all competitions and their victories over Lille and Bayern Munich in this group on the previous two matchdays, but they were overpowered by their Spanish opponents.
Soldado tumbled easily for the penalty on the stroke of half-time, but he was impeded in the box by Marko Simic and made no mistake to coolly net from the spot.
The first half had seen Valencia look much the better side and they were playing more like the home team as they did all the attacking and BATE sat back, much to their eventual cost. Indeed BATE were not actually at home as they play their Champions League matches in Minsk due to their home ground not reaching UEFA standards for this competition.
Their fans who had travelled to Minsk tried to lift them to the heights reached in their excellent performance against Bayern but the supporters would have been disappointed to see their full strength team take such a defensive approach.
The likes of former Barcelona and Arsenal man Aleksandr Hleb, along with Aleksandr Pavlov and Vitali Rodionov, who had scored against Bayern, were all prominent, but the Belarusian champions could not hurt their Spanish visitors on the counter attack.
After half-time Soldado doubled the lead in the 55th minute with a lovely volley inside the box from an excellent Andres Guardado cross. Soldado then finished off the match as a contest with a brilliant interchange with Tino Costa and a sweet finish on 69 minutes.
BATE boss Viktor Goncharenko looked ready for bed on the touchline in the final 20 minutes and could not hide his frustration as Valencia turned on the 'Olé' style, stringing pass after pass together and searching for more goals, before Scottish referee Craig Thomson eventually blew the final whistle.
Elsewhere in the same group, last season’s finalists Bayern made up for their shock defeat to BATE last time out with a 1-0 win at pointless Lille, to keep the group wide open at the half way stage.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Roberto Soldado - Valencia: A brilliant night’s work from the Spanish striker as he put his team ahead before the break from the spot and rounded things off with two excellent second half goals.
BATE BORISOV: Gorbunov 7, Bordachev 6, Filipenko 6, Simic 5, Polyakov 6, Likhtarovich 6, Volodko 6, Hleb 7, Pavlov 5, Olekhnovich 6, Rodionov 6. SUBS: Renan Bressan 6, Sivakov 6, Mozolevski 6.
VALENCIA: Diego Alves 8, Cissokho 7, Rami 7, João Pereira 7, Ricardo Costa 7, Gago 8, Albelda 6, Feghouli 7, Guardado 8, Costa 7, Soldado 8. SUBS: Barragán 6, Éver Banega 6, Jonas 7.