Champions League - Valencia seal record win

Wed, 24 Nov 21:38:00 2010

Valencia secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a record 6-1 victory over Group C whipping boys Bursaspor at the Mestalla.

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First-half goals from Juan Mata, Roberto Soldado, Aritz Aduriz and Joaquin put the home side in a position of dominance before Soldado bagged a second and Alejandro Dominguez stepped off the bench to make it six.

Bursaspor did manage to record one milestone of their own with substitute Pablo Batalla's consolation their first goal in the competition.

With Rangers losing to Manchester United in the Group's other fixture, Valencia's path to the round of 16 was left clear and the Spanish side stepped into it with ruthless efficiency.

Bursaspor's best moments came in the relative luxury of parity and they perhaps should have taken the lead.

In a moment of uncertainty in the Valencia defence first Federico Insua and then Volkan Sen had chances to put Bursaspor ahead but the home side somehow survived.

Bursaspor's golden opportunity was still to come as Sercan Yildirim was granted the freedom of the Mestalla with Valencia caught amateurishly on the break.

The striker looked to have done everything right with a delicate lob over the onrushing Miguel Angel Moya but the ball dropped agonisingly on the wrong side of the post.

And so it was that the visitor's brightest moments had been and gone and proved fruitless as a generous penalty decision that went in favour of the home side provided Valencia with the breakthrough opportunity. The Spaniards never looked back.

After Aritz Aduriz went tumbling under pressure from Bursaspor captain Omer Odergan, Mata took responsibility for the resulting spot kick and made no mistake sending Dimitar Ivankov sprawling in the wrong direction.

That goal served to settle the home side who were second best during the opening exchanges and the first-half floodgates were opened.

Soldado scored his fourth goal of the campaign to double Valencia's advantage with a well placed shot across Ivankov after Mata turned provider with a defence splitting pass.

Somewhere among that goalscoring melee, Valencia goalkeeper Moya picked up a thigh injury that forced him from the field of play and Vicente Guaita took his place between the posts.

Fortunately for the Spanish side, all the action was taking place at the other end of the field as Aduriz added his name to the scoresheet at the second time of asking after first being denied by Ivankov from point blank range.

There was time for a fourth before the half was brought to its conclusion when Valencia captain Joaquin rifled one into the top corner from 20 yards with the assistance of a deflection off a Bursaspor boot.

With Valencia already matching their previous goal haul against Bursaspor on the first matchday and over half of the match remaining it was to be a case of how many. With the Ashes series around the corner, a cricket score was not out of the question.

Soldado kept that eventuality a genuine possibility with his second of the night shortly after the break to make it five goals in five games in this Champions League campaign.

The Spaniard easily rounded a stranded Ivankov before slotting into the empty net.

The unlikely then did in fact happen as second half substitute Batalla scored for the visitors, tapping in Yildirim's low cross to get them up and running in the competition after drawing four blanks.

The goals kept on coming as Valencia entered record breaking territory with Dominguez making an impact from the bench after latching on to Guaita's long punt to exceed Valencia's previous record 6-2 haul over FC Basel at the Mestalla in 2002.

Thomas Hyde / Eurosport

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