Valencia 3-1 Young Boys: Santi Mina scores twice in Champions League clash

Valencia ended their winless drought at home with a 3-1 victory over Young Boys on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Santi Mina scored twice in the first half and Carlos Soler added a goal after halftime to give the Spanish club their first victory in seven games in the Mestalla Stadium.

The victory – Valencia's third overall this season – left the team with five points in Group H, two points behind Manchester United, which came remarkable from a goal down to beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin.

Carlos Soler and Santi Mina were on the score sheet when Valencia defeated Young Boys 3-1

Soler undoubtedly put the game in the trap and scored Valencia's third goal of the evening on Wednesday

Former center of Arsenal Gabriel celebrates the third goal of Soler in the beginning of the second half

Sekou Sanogo got a straight red in the 77th minute for a tackle on Francis Coquelin

Santi Mina scored twice against Valencia in the first half on Wednesday against the Swiss team

The current state of affairs after four matches each in Champions League Group H


Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Wass; Garay; Gabriel; Gaya; Soler; Coquelin; Kondogbia (Vezo 86); Guedes (Torres 75); Rodrigo; Mina (Gameiro 68)

Scorers: Mina 14, 42, Soler 56

booked: Mina, Gaya, Soler

Young Boys (4-4-2): Von Ballmoos; Mbabu; Lauper; von Bergen; Benito; Fassnacht (Nsame 61); Sow; Sanogo; Ngamaleu (Sulejmani 45); Hoarau (Aebischer 75); Assale

Scorers: Assale 37

booked: Ngamaleu, Mbabu, Benito, Lauper, von Bergen

Red: Sanogo 77

The Swiss champion Young Boys, who made their debut in the group stage, stayed in one place in the last place.

The Swiss side played with a man from the 77th minute when Sekou Sanogo was sent out with a straight red card for a dangerous sliding tackle on Valencia midfielder Francis Coquelin.

Young Boys played two weeks ago in Bern to a 1-1 draw in Bern.

Mina opened the score up close in the 14th minute after a corner by Soler hit the post. Young Boys came in with a low attack from Roger Assale in the 37th, but Mina put the hosts back on the lead after Soler's right-hand card in the 42nd.

Soler scored the third on an escape in the 56th and sent a low shot in the far corner.

Mina celebrates his second goal of the evening in the Mestalla Stadium

Mina strode past David Von Ballmoos to give Valencia an impressive 2-1 lead

The 22-year-old Spaniard is harassed by putting his teammates on Valencia after 2-1

Mina opened the score for the side of the La Liga in the 14th minute of the clash with the Champions League

Despite the start of the season with high expectations after a fourth place in the Spanish league, Valencia has so far endured a disappointing campaign.

They have drawn 10 of their 16 matches, with three wins and three losses. They are 15th in the Spanish league, two points away from the relegation zone after eleven matches.

This was the first time that Valencia scored more than two goals in a game this season.

Young Boys came this season for the first time to the group stage of the Champions League after having closed a 32-year waiting period for a Swiss national title.

Roger Assale came in the 37th minute for Young Boys in the Mestalla Stadium

Assale suggested to the Valencia goalkeeper, neto during the opening half on Wednesday