Valencia steamrolled Inter Milan, 4-0, on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. in the International Champions Cup.
There was never much doubt in this contest as Valencia scored early and didn't look back. Jonathan Viera added two goals for the winners, but this was definitely a complete team effort.
Inter showed the kind of sloppiness expected for a preseason tilt, but there was more to their disappointment than that.
They looked a step slow, and certainly looked like a club who will continue its slide in the coming season.
There is no doubt all of that led to this match being lopsided. Still, it was an entertaining afternoon of soccer.
With Milan and Chelsea playing in the day's higher profile match at the conclusion of this game, attendance was a touch sparse in the early going of this one.
The stadium filled as the match moved forward, but with Valencia executing early control and then putting the clamps down, there was little reason for fans to offer full support of this match.
Valencia played very well in the first half, but it's not like Inter was completely listless. In the first half, Inter had several good looks but couldn't convert.
That problem did not bother both teams in this one. Valencia took advantage of their good looks and looks that weren't quite as wide open. Such was the case with their first goal.
In the seventh minute, Ever Banega made a slight move to the side and then blasted off a shot from distance that eluded keeper Samir Handanovic and gave his side the early lead.
After Valencia scored a second goal, Fox Sports tweeted the highlight of Banega's screamer:
As for that second goal, it came in the 34th minute from Viera, and helped cap off a nice half for Valencia.
That concluded the scoring in the first half, and it left Inter needing to author a quick reversal if they wanted to make this one competitive. It was not meant to be. Inter continued to look old and slow in the second.
Valencia forward Jonas added a goal in the 56th minuted to ensure that the rest of this match would be nothing more than a leisurely victory lap.
Viera added a goal just before the conclusion of the match off of a rebound and make Inter's embarrassment complete.
This was the semifinal of the loser's bracket.
Valencia will play either in Tuesday’s fifth-place game or Wednesday’s third-place game. That will be determined by the result of Milan vs. Chelsea.
Valencia will now battle for seventh place in this eight-team tournament against Juventus in Miami on Tuesday.
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