Club friendlies wrap: Valencia down PSV, Spurs held

Valencia continued their preparations for the new La Liga season by beating Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 2-0 in Germany.Goals from Pablo Piatti and striker Aritz Aduriz secured the victory on Tuesday, but the margin could have been greater were it not for the Spanish side’s profligacy.

Unai Emery’s men should have scored as early as the fourth minute, but Roberto Soldado managed to hit the legs of PSV defender Orlando Engelaar with the goal otherwise unguarded.

Valencia had another opportunity 10 minutes after half-time, but Nancho could not find the target with only the goalkeeper to beat.

PSV’s opening goal came on 66 minutes, but Georginio Wijnaldum was unable to connect with a low ball across goal.

They were made to regret the miss soon afterwards as Valencia scored from the goal kick that followed, Aduriz flicking the ball on for Piatti who slotted home.

Valencia got their second 12 minutes from the end when Solfiane Feghouli’s cross found Aduriz unmarked at the back post and the striker had an easy finish.

Elsewhere, Tottenham continue to search for their first victory in their pre-season tour of South Africa as they drew their second game with Orlando Pirates 1-1.

Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring for the English Premier League side with stunning free-kick after 17 minutes.

The Dutchman curled home an unstoppable free-kick after David Bentley was brought down just outside the box.

Orlando had several good chances to equalise and their perseverance paid off just before half-time when Happy Jele beat Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel with a ferocious strike.

Both teams had chances in the second half in a match that could have gone either way.

 


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