Valencia cruised into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as they beat Granada 3-0 on Thursday to secure a 7-0 aggregate victory.
• Granada 0-3 (0-7) Valencia
• Zahibo scores from corner
• Alcacer makes it 2-0
• Piatti converts late penalty
Gary Neville’s Valencia had no problems seeing off Granada in their Copa del Rey last-16 tie as they won the second leg 3-0 away from home.
Wilfried Zahibo gave the visitors the lead on the night with a goal from a corner in the first half and Paco Alcacer made it 2-0 before Pablo Piatti scored a late penalty.
On the back of their 4-0 first-leg victory at Mestalla, Valencia didn’t really have to get out of second gear in the second match at Estadio Los Carmenes.
Granada had more of the possession in the first 30 minutes and tried to make a game of it, with several players having shots on goal, but Success Isaac and Youssef El-Arabi were the only ones to actually make the goalkeeper work.
However, Maty Ryan in the Valencia goal didn’t really have to pull out any brilliant saves.
At the other end of the pitch the visitors barely had any shots on goal in the first 40 minute with Alvaro Negredo’s hit from 35 yards out their best effort, but it went wide.
Yet it was Valencia who went into the break with a 1-0 lead as defensive midfielder Wilfried Zahibo outjumped the defenders at a corner to head home Pablo Piatti’s cross.
The second half had a similar theme with Granada having several shots at goal, but again it was Valencia who found the back of the net in the 63rd minute as Paco Alcacer made no mistake after being played in by Danilo.
It was 3-0 on the evening in the 84th minute as Neuton fouled substitute Zakaria Bakkali in the area and Piatti stepped up to convert the spot kick.