First Division - Day 7

Valencia 4 - Numancia 0

Valencia: Renan; Miguel, Alexis, Raúl Albiol, Moretti; Joaquín (Pablo Hernández 79'), Albelda (Edu 76'), Manuel Fernandes, Mata; David Villa, Morientes (Vicente 63'). 4-4-2.
Numancia: Juan Pablo; Juanra, Boris, Palacios, Domingo Cisma; Nagore; Del Pino, Juan Carlos Moreno (Mario Martínez 62'), Barkero, Alvaro Antón (Quero 76'); Gorka Brit (Goiria 78'). 4-1-4-1.

Team changes: Valencia: Raúl Albiol, Morientes for Iván Helguera, Angulo / Numancia: Del Pino, Juan Carlos Moreno, Alvaro Antón for Mario Martínez, Felipe, Bellvis.

1-0. 04. David Villa. Ran on to score after Morientes shot blocked by defender.
2-0. 72. Mata. Touched ball on past keeper from Villa's deflected centre.
3-0. 83. Vicente. Controlled Mata's cross and fired shot past Juan Pablo.
4-0. 89. David Villa. Ran on to Fernandes pass and lobbed shot over keeper.

Yellow cards: None.

Valencia moved two points clear at the top of the table after a 4-0 victory over Numancia, equalling their best ever start to the season (set by Rafa Benítez in the 2003/4 season). David Villa put them ahead early on, running on to score past Juan Pablo after his first effort was blocked by a defender and the rebound came back off the face of Morientes, who was lying groggy on the ground as the players celebrated.

Villa had a second strike ruled out for a dubious offside a few minutes later, and Juan Pablo did well to keep out Fernandes before the break. Gorka Brit went close for the visitors a couple of times either side of the interval, but Mata made it two midway through the second half, touching the ball past the keeper after a defender played it in to his path trying to cut out Villa's cross.

After that it was one way traffic, Vicente getting a third after picking up a pass from Mata on the far post and volleying into the net. And with a minute to go Villa wrapped things up after running on to a high pass from Manuel Fernandes to lob the ball over the head of the keeper, in off the post. Valencia are on a roll, and with results elsewhere going against them, Numancia find themselves at the bottom of the table.