MADRID (AP) — Valencia had no problem in beating Alavés 3-0 Friday to win two straight home games at the start of the Spanish league season for the first time in seven years.
Daniel Wass scored three minutes into the match, and Carlos Soler and Gonçalo Guedes added a goal each at Mestalla Stadium. Valencia hadn’t won two consecutive matches at Mestalla to open the league since 2014-15, when it went on to win five in a row at home.
Friday’s win left Valencia top of the standings with seven points from three matches, along with Mallorca, ahead of the rest of the round.
“We worked well in the preseason and were hopeful of a good beginning in the league,” Guedes said. “We played a good match individually and collectively.”
Mallorca was held to a 1-1 draw against Real Betis in its opener at home.
On Saturday, Real Madrid — still waiting on the possible arrival of Kylian Mbappé — visits Betis to try to rebound from a draw at Levante. On Sunday, Barcelona hosts Getafe and defending champion Atlético Madrid hosts winless Villarreal.
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