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Valencia 4-0 Inter: Life after Soldado not so bad as los Che cruise past Inter

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Grateful Banega keen to repay Valencia support
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Grateful Banega keen to repay Valencia support
Valencia showed it can still compete at a high level without Roberto Soldado after a 4-0 win over Inter in the Guinness International Champions Cup.

Ever Banega opened the scoring after seven minutes and Los Che didn't look back, with two goals from Jonathan Viera and one from Jonas securing the victory.

Miroslav Djukic's men now face Everton in the final game of the tournament to decide fifth place before their opening La Liga encounter against Malaga on Aug. 17.

And, while Valencia is on the verge of losing Soldado to Tottenham in a 30 million-euro deal, it is Inter, which finished ninth in Serie A last season, which will be more concerned having been completely outplayed in this match.

The Nerazzurri lost 2-0 in their opening encounter to Chelsea in the ICC Cup, and this match did not make for much better viewing for head coach Walter Mazzarri, whose side lethargic start would prove costly against the Liga outfit.

Banega blasted a poor free-kick over the bar, but less than 60 seconds later he made amends in stunning fashion on seven minutes.

The Argentine won the ball 25 yards from goal and, despite an absence of space, was able to fire an effort into the top right-hand corner that had Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic clutching at thin air.

He almost scored again moments later with another piece of sumptuous play, but Handanovic was up to the task on this occasion, while at the other end Fredy Guarin saw an effort fizz just wide, in a rare moment of respite for the Italians.

However, Valencia doubled its lead before the break when a corner was not cleared properly and fell to the excellent Viera, who lashed an effort at goal that deflected off Marco Andreolli's head and in.

Rodrigo Palacio almost grabbed an immediate response but shot just over from inside the penalty area for the Italians.

Inter made two changes at the break in an attempt to stem Valencia's flow, with Andrea Ranocchia and Ricky Alvarez introduced for Chivu and Pereira.

But the switch would prove to be futile as Francisco Alcacer hit the post with an early header, which was tipped onto the woodwork by Handanovic, before substitute Jonas grabbed los Che's third.

Again Viera was instrumental, with his ball setting up Jonas, who rounded Handanovic before tapping into an empty net.

Valencia had the ball in the net again not long after, only for Joao Pereira's effort to be ruled out for offside.

And, although substitute Mauro Icardi then went close for Inter, it was not the Italian side's day, as Viera inflicted more hurt on the Nerazzurri by grabbing his second, tapping in a rebound after Jonas' effort was saved.

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