Champions League - Valencia cruise in Turkey

Eurosport - Tue, 14 Sep 21:41:00 2010

Bursaspor's first ever Champions League campaign got off to a miserable start as they were beaten 4-0 by Valencia at the Ataturk Stadium.

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Tino Costa put Valencia ahead with a stunning 25 yard effort in the 16th minute. The Argentine was given far too much space and he rocketed a shot into Dimitar Ivankov's top right corner.

Valencia doubled their lead four minutes before half time as Costa's free kick rattle the woodwork and fell kindly to an unmarked Artiz Aduriz who headed home the rebound with ease.

The away side could have had a third, but this time the frame of the goal came to Bursaspor's rescue. Pablo Hernandez jinked past three players before chipping Ivankov and seeing his shot bounce off the underside of the crossbar.

Bursaspor started the second half well and the introduction of Sercan Yildirim and Turgay Bahadir brought a bit of life to their play.

However, more shambolic defending led to Valencia's third goal in the 68th minute as Hernandez took advantage of a weak clearance from Ivan Ergic to toe-poke home the tamest of efforts.

The rout was completed in the 76th minute as substitute Roberto Soladdo ran on to Pablo Hernandez's through ball and finished calmly.

The Turkish champions will see this as a wake up call to the world of the Champions League. Poor defending led to all four of Valencia's goals and Ertugrul Saglam's men will have to cut out these simple mistakes to stand a chance of progressing beyond the group stage.

Unai Emery will be delighted with how his side performed in his absence as he watched the game from the stands while serving a European ban. Los Che certainly look like the side to challenge Manchester United for first place in Group C.

Michael Grady / Eurosport

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