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Valencia cruise past newboys Bursaspor

SoccerNews in UEFA Champions League 14 Sep 2010

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Valencia cruised past Turkish debutants Bursaspor 4-0 to get their Champions League campaign off to a flying start on Tuesday and hand a warning to Group C rivals Manchester United.

Valencia, riding high in the Spanish league with two wins in two games despite financial woes that forced David Villa and David Silva to be sold off in the summer, went ahead after 16 minutes.

Tino Costa, making his European debut, unleashed a left-footed, 35-yard drive that flew past Dimitar Ivankov in the Bursaspor goal.

Costa was also involved in the second goal, which arrived four minutes before half-time.

His curling free-kick came back off the post and fell invitingly for Aritz Aduriz to head into the empty goal with Ivankov out of position.

Bursaspor, the first club outside Istanbul in 25 years to win the Turkish title last season and making their Champions League bow, struggled to make any impression, with only Leonel Nunez and Ivan Ergic enjoying sights of goal.

Valencia, the runners-up in 2000 and 2001, kept up the pressure after the break with Pablo Hernandez adding the third goal in the 68th minute.

Roberto Soldado made it 4-0 on 76 minutes after running onto Hernandez’s incisive pass.

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