First Division - Day 1

Valencia 3 - Mallorca 0

Valencia: Renan; Miguel, Raúl Albiol, Alexis, Moretti; Baraja (Manuel Fernandes 20'), Albelda; Pablo Hernández (Angulo 63'), David Silva (Vicente 73'), Mata; David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Mallorca: Moyà; Josemi, Ramis, Nunes, Corrales; Varela (Cléber Santana 60'), Martí, Jurado, Arango; Trejo (Chori Castro 75'), Webó (Aduríz 60'). 4-4-2.

1-0. 34. Villa. Headed ball in from close up after Nunes deflected Pablo cross .
2-0. 38. Mata. Headed ball back into net after Moyà pushed out Villa shot.
3-0. 81. Vicente. Got ahead of markers to turn Angulo's cross into net.

Valencia bounced back from their Supercup defeat with a 3-0 victory over new look Mallorca, throwing down the gauntlet to the other title favourites. Emery Unai surprised everybody leaving keeper Hildebrand at home and drafting in new signing Renan, who had yet to play a game for the Ches. But he had little work to do as the home side dominated the early play, Mata testing Moyà and Villa and Albelda going close.

The Brazilian keeper was called upon to keep out Trejo, and Arango fired a shot wide. But with ten minutes to go to the break Nunes could only deflect a Pablo Hernández cross up in to the air, and Villa stretched back to head the ball in to the net. And four minutes later Valencia were two up, Mata heading the ball back in to the empty net after Moyà could only push out a shot from Villa.

Mallorca almost pulled one back when Jurado hit the post close to half time. But Valencia shut up shop after the break, and there were few chances at either end for most of the second half. Manzano turned to his new signing Aduríz, but he wasted a good chance soon after coming on. And a minute or so later Vicente got on the end of Angulo's cross to score his side's third, the referee turning down claims for offside. A good start for Emery, and Mallorca are already missing the key players who left this summer.