Valencia in driving seat after 1-0 win at Stoke City

Valencia put themselves firmly in the driving seat for a last 16 place in the Europa League after a 1-0 win first-leg win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Valencia boss Unai Emery caused a surprise before the start by leaving top scorer Roberto Soldado and Ever Banega on the bench, but Turkish international midfielder Mehmet Topal got the only goal of the game on 36 minutes when he crashed home a wonder goal from 30 metres to settle matters. Sofiane Feghouli also hit the post in the second half while Stoke, who have lost their last league games, were limited to half-chances.

In an interview with AS after the game, Los Ch

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