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Parejo and Soldado put Valencia in driving seat

Reuters, MADRID

Valencia defender Aly Cissokho, right, battles for the ball with CA Osasuna midfielder David Timor in their Copa de Rey round-of-16 first-leg match at the Estadio Reyno de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, on Tuesday.

Photo: EPA

Valencia moved toward a place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals and a possible meeting with Real Madrid when Dani Parejo and substitute Roberto Soldado struck in a 2-0 win at CA Osasuna in their round-of-16, first-leg match on Tuesday.

Parejo curled a free-kick past goalkeeper Asier Riesgo two minutes after the break and Soldado scored in the fourth minute of stoppage-time to give the 2008 winners the upper hand ahead of next week’s second leg in Valencia.

The victory at the Estadio Reyno de Navarra in Pamplona made it two wins out of two for Valencia’s new coach Ernesto Valverde, both against Osasuna, who they also beat 1-0 in La Liga at the same venue in his debut on Saturday.

Valverde replaced Mauricio Pellegrino, sacked despite leading Valencia into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League after they made an erratic start to their La Liga campaign.

Copa del Rey holders Barcelona were due to play their round-of-16, first-leg match at second-tier Cordoba yesterday, before holders Real Madrid visited RC Celta de Vigo and Atletico Madrid hosted city rivals Getafe.

Barca’s World Player of the Year Lionel Messi was in the squad for the trip to Andalusia and if the Argentine played he would have the chance to extend his record goals tally of 86 for a calendar year.

Barca and Real are on course to meet in the semi-finals, while Sevilla face a possible semi-final against Atletico, who they beat in the 2009-2010 final.

Sevilla were also due to play yesterday at RCD Mallorca.

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