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Valencia soundly beaten in La Liga opener

AAP logoAAP 22/08/2016

It is a new Spanish La Liga season but it seems like the same old Valencia, with Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan conceding four goals as Las Palmas ran rampant in Valencia's season opener.

Valencia, looking to put last season's twelfth-placed finish behind them, started well when Santi Mina put them 1-0 up in the sixth minute. But from there they unravelled.

Las Palmas silenced the crowd at the Mestalla with a 15-minute scoring spree as goals flew in from Marko Livaja, Jonathan Viera and Kevin-Prince Boateng between the 16th and 31st minutes.

Mina pulled another goal back for Valencia before halftime, only for the impressive Livaja to seal the visitors' win by making it 4-2 three minutes from the end.

The long-suffering fans ended up jeering their own players in an ominous start to what could be another traumatic season for Los Ches.

Elsewhere, Leganes made a dream start on Monday to their first season in La Liga, with an unlikely 1-0 win at Celta Vigo.

Celta, who finished fifth last season, were clearly favoured to beat Leganes.

As expected, they dominated from start to finish, but without star striker Nolito, who was sold to Manchester City, Celta lacked penetration and punch in attack.

Leganes' surprise goal came 15 minutes from the end, when Victor Diaz took advantage of defensive confusion to turn in a corner. In contrast, the Leganes defence was calm enough to survive a late storm from Celta.

"This is incredible, unbelievable," Diaz gasped at the end.

"This is a very important day for Leganes ... everything was against us today, but we still managed to win thanks to our fighting spirit."

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