Valencia, superior to Glasgow Celtic in attack and defense, obtained with a 0-2 victory a comfortable income to face with guarantees the second leg, which will be played next week at the Mestalla.
The match measured a team like Celtic, with a rough football even when it tried to maintain possession of the ball, against a Valencia who was superior despite the fact that he gave the ball to his opponent in many phases of the clash, although the visiting goal , Neto, he barely had to intervene.
After the initial intensity of the home team, the Valencian players took possession of the ball little by little and had the first chance of goal in a Wass header that goalkeeper Bein sent to corner in a good performance (m.19).
The control of the game by Valencia was not accompanied by precise actions in the last pass, so the team of Marcelino García Toral wasted many of their approaches to the goal of the Scottish team.
Celtic tried to get the ball played, but also was vague when not sending long balls, although Valencian set was not able to recover the ball in those actions.
It seemed that the Spanish team was better than their opponent, but that superiority was not reflected in the creation of danger and even in the final stretch of the first period, the Celtic players had the ball a certain frequency and forced a good start a Net (m.36) to intercept a counter.
However, very close to the break, a good ball in depth from Parejo on the debutant Rubén Sobrino, allowed this player to go alone facing the goal Bein and give the ball to Cheryshev, who put the 0-1 on the scoreboard three minutes from the intermediate.
At halftime, Coquelin replaced Parejo and a steal of the newly-built ball went through Wass and Cheryshev before Rubén Sobrino made it 0-2.
Valencia began to play comfortably, as they gave the ball to the team of Brendan Rodgers, who barely had arguments to approach the goal of Neto.
In addition, when Marcelino's men recovered the ball, their long possessions caused the Scottish players to run after the ball without many options to recover it.
The Celtic, without creative ability, had no choice but to use direct football to try to shorten differences in the scoreboard, although their chances of achieving it were few, because they played at the pace that the visitors wanted.
As the match approached the end, lost interest, because it did not give the feeling that the Scots could shorten differences, while Valencia, safe in defense, made the match that suited him.
The best news of the match for Valencia was the clear marker with which he returns home and the worst, the muscle injury suffered by Cristiano Piccini.
– Data sheet:
0 – Celtic: Bain, Toljan, Boyata, Simunovic, Izaguirre, Forrest, McGregor, Brown, Sinclair (Weah, m.59), Christie (Edouard, m.59) and Burke.
2 – Valencia: Neto, Piccini (Gameiro, m.78), Garay, Diakhaby, Lato, Carlos Soler, Parejo (Coquelin, m.46), Kondogbia, Wass, Ruben Sobrino and Cheryshev (Guedes, m.64).
Goals: 0-1, m.42: Cheryshev. 0-2, m.49: Rubén Sobrino.
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROM). He admonished the locals Burke and Toljan and the visitor Kondogbia
Incidents: first leg of the round of 32 of the Europa League played at the Celtic Park stadium. A minute of silence was saved in memory of Argentine player Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash in January.