While Valencia may have been looking to accomplish more at the 2013 International Champions Cup, the 1-0 victory over Everton for fifth place on Tuesday was at least some consolation.
Both clubs had chances to find the net at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., but the Spaniards were ultimately the ones who capitalized, courtesy of a goal in the second half by a certain substitute.
Here are the players who showed up for Valencia on Tuesday.
Just moments after coming on for Valencia on Tuesday, Michel scored the game-winner in the 52nd minute.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder expertly controlled a cross from defender Aly Cissokho, let the ball settle at his feet, then calmly guided it past Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles.
Michel notched five goals and six assists in 20 appearances (17 starts) for the Spaniards last season in La Liga. He once again showed up for the club in the Champions Cup.
Aly Cissokho, Defender
Speaking of Aly Cissokho, not only did the 25-year-old assist Michel's game-winner against Everton, he was noticeable throughout the match.
Cissokho was fearless and relentless throughout the night at Sun Life Stadium, constantly pushing the ball up the pitch and threatening from his left-back role.
Although he wasn't able to convert on a couple of attempts himself, Cissokho made it all right with his cross to Michel in the early stages of the second half.
Cissokho's effort was there all night long, and it was only fitting that he was part of Valencia's game-winner.
Robert Ibanez, Midfielder
Robert Ibanez may not have scored in Tuesday's match, but the 20-year-old constantly worried Everton's defense, showing on numerous occasions his ability to get out of sticky situations with his speed and dribbling skills.
Plus, it took a spectacular, sprawling save from Everton's Joel Robles in the 69th minute to keep the youngster from adding to Valencia's lead.
Ibanez notched seven shots, including four on goal, exemplifying the danger he created.