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Ronald Koeman's Valencia win Copa del Rey (

17 apr 2008 - Source:

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Valencia lifted the Copa del Rey after recording a convincing 3-1 win over Getafe on Wednesday night. Ronald Koeman left PSV in October to take over as head coach at the Spanish Primera División outfit Valencia.

Valencia got off to a dream start. Only eleven minutes were on the clock, when the team led by Koeman and his assistant Tonny Bruins Slot had taken a 2-0 lead. Juan Mata headed home the opening goal from close range after only ninety seconds, after David Silva had delivered a perfect cross from the right flank. Valencia doubled their advantage after eleven minutes, when centre back Alexis, who joined Valencia from Getafe, headed home from a Siva corner. Getafe failed to carve open a stubborn Valencia defence for a long period, but reduced the deficit on the stroke of half time. Emiliano Moretti committed a foul on Cosmin Contra in the penalty area and Esteban Granero converted the resultant spot kick. Granero came close to scoring a first-half equaliser but only rattled the bar with a blistering drive.
Valencia controlled proceedings after the break. Rubn Baraja put the result for the Los Ch beyond doubt six minutes from time, when Rubn Baraja fired a free kick straight at keeper Oscar Ustari. Substitute Fernando Morientes pounced on the rebound, scoring a goal with a diving header. Ronald Koeman was in subdued mood after his team had earned a 3-1 win over Getafe. The former PSV head coach realised that the pressure is building up on him following Valencia's dismal Primera División campaign. 'I know there are rumours about my future and sometimes rumours are true, but until today nobody has told me anything. It's not up to me to make any decisions, but if they have news for me, I will be at home on Thursday afternoon. Much is expected of a coach, but success is never easy. But if you can't cope with the problems that will inevitably arise for any coach, you'd better try and find another job.'