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Successful warm-up

Soldado seals last-gasp Valencia victory

Roberto Soldado struck at the death for Valencia on Saturday evening to ensure the Spaniards warmed up for Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Bayern on a winning note. The striker netted an 89th minute penalty to seal a 2-1 victory over Espanyol Barcelona and send his team up to sixth in the La Liga standings overnight. Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have now won five of their 12 league fixtures this season.

In a robust encounter featuring 11 yellow cards and two dismissals, Valencia underlined their formidable strength on their home Camp de Mestalla turf, where they have seven wins, a draw and no defeats so far this term. Pellegrino’s side are also improving fast, as they are undefeated in their last five matches and have won four of them.