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Gary Neville's Valencia Run Rampant, Score 5 in 1st Half vs. Rapid Wien

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 13:  Gary Neville manager of Valencia CF gives instructions during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and RCD Espanyol at Estadi de Mestalla on February 13, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Joe GallagherFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2016

It's not been much of a secret that Gary Neville has been under pressure at Valencia.

Saturday's 2-1 win over Espanyol eased the pressure on the former Manchester United man after a winless run that culminated in the 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona.

But things finally started to click into place for Valencia in the first half of their Europa League match against Rapid Wien on Thursday...

Santi Mina (2), Daniel Parejo, Alvaro Negredo and Andre Gomes scored inside the first 35 minutes to put Neville's side, astonishingly, 5-0 in front at half time...

It just got better and better for Neville...

The scoreline was a brilliant way for the 41-year-old to celebrate his birthday...

Rodrigo added a sixth late on to cap a memorable night for Neville and Valencia, who are all but through to the last 16.


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