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Valencia opens season with victory over 10-man Sevilla

JUANMA Mata and Pablo Hernandez both scored in the second half as Valencia beat 10-man Sevilla 2-0 on Sunday in the Spanish League, while Roberto Soldado scored a hat-trick as Getafe romped to a 4-1 win over Racing Santander to open its campaign.

Mata collected teammate Ever Banega's controlled pass in the 47th minute and struck the ball through a crowded area and beyond goalkeeper Andres Palop to open the scoring before Hernandez sealed the victory in the 80th with a looping volley.

Sevilla had lost Frederic Kanoute at the end of the first half when the Mali striker received a second yellow card for a challenge on Carlos Marchena.

The score would have been more lopsided but for Palop, who made a number of impressive saves to keep Sevilla in the game.

Striker Alvaro Negredo made his debut for Sevilla following a transfer from Real Madrid last week, coming on in the second half when coach Manolo Jimenez also brought on striker Arouna Kone in a vain bid to bolster his attack.

Elsewhere, Malaga defeated Atletico Madrid 3-0, Athletic Bilbao won 1-0 against Espanyol, Mallorca bested Xerez 2-0, Osasuna drew 1-1 with Villarreal and Almeria and 10-man Valladolid played out a 0-0 draw.

In Santander, Rafael Lopez opened the scoring for Getafe in the 12th minute after heading home Adrian Gonzalez's corner.

Gonzalez set up Soldado's first, a close-range shot in the penalty area in the 29th and the forward added his second five minutes later.

Santander midfielder Mehdi Lacen pulled one back in the 43rd minute but Soldado completed his hat trick in the 56th minute.

Atletico started badly when coach Abel Resino was ejected for vocally objecting a decision.

Nabil Baha scored with an athletic overhead bicycle shot from an assist by Duda in the 34th and Manuel Torres scored from a corner in the 62nd. Malaga's midfielder Xavi Torres got the third goal in the 89th minute.

Atletico's Raul Garcia had to leave the field with an injury that was believed to be a fracture in a foot, radio network Cadena Ser reported.

Xerez defender Leandro Gioda was ejected in the 42nd minute for a second yellow card after he handled the ball in the penalty area.

Mallorca's Aritz Aduriz scored in the 57th minute and then supplied Antoni Adrover who scored with a left-footed shot in the 60th minute.

Villarreal's Santiago Cazorla surprised Osasuna's defense in the 33rd minute and Walter Pandiani equalized in the 37th minute.


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