Valencia tops Everton 1-0 for 5th at Champions Cup

By the time Valencia even arrived in the United States for the

inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup, it knew it had no

shot of winning the tournament.

So the Spanish club did the next best thing, bouncing back with

a pair of shutouts.

Miguel Herrero scored in the 53rd minute, giving Valencia a 1-0

victory over Everton in the fifth-place match of the eight-team

Guinness tournament on Tuesday night. Valencia won both of its

matches on U.S. soil in the event by a combined 5-0 count, with the

club’s lone loss in the tournament coming at home to AC Milan back

on July 27.

”We are very proud to have played in this event,” said

Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic, the former defender for the club

who took over as coach after it finished fifth in the Spanish

League and just missed out on a Champions League berth this past

season. ”With these matches, we have shown that we belong among

the greats.”

Herrero, who goes by ”Michel,” controlled Aly Cissohko’s cross

from the left side with his chest, let the ball settle at his feet

and fired a one-timer past Everton goalie Joel Robles.

And it held up from there, even though Everton had more than one

good chance at the equalizer.

Everton’s best opportunity at breaking through came shortly

after Herrero’s goal, when Kevin Mirallas flicked a ball to

himself, took off up the right wing and sent a cross that got

through the box – but didn’t result in a shot on net.

Robles kept Everton within one when he made a point-blank save

on Ibanez Robert in the 69th minute, coming off his line to deny

the Valencia forward.

The sixth-place finishers in the Premier League last season,

Everton had two losses – both to Spanish clubs – and a draw in the

tournament, which pitted eight club teams against each other in a

series of exhibitions that will culminate in Real Madrid facing

Chelsea in the title match Wednesday night.

”These games were fantastic,” Everton coach Roberto Martinez

said. ”We were able to work on many things. We got information

from all the players. We formed partnerships and how they

interacted with each other.”