Juan Antonio Pizzi's Valencia reign got off to a winning start after goals by Pablo Piatti and Sofiane Feghouli sunk neighbours Levante at the Mestalla.

Former Spain striker Pizzi, who played for Valencia in 1993-94, was appointed manager  on 28 December.

Argentine winger Piatti opened the scoring after a poor headed clearance by defender Loukas Vyntra.

Playing Pizzi

Juan Antonio Pizzi

New Valencia boss Juan Antonio Pizzi, pictured above between Spain team-mates Abelardo and Fernando Hierro in 1998, won 22 caps for his country, scoring eight goals.

Levante lacked a cutting edge and Algeria international Feghouli doubled the lead after an excellent run.

There will be bigger tests ahead for 45-year-old Pizzi, whose side climbed three places to eighth in the La Liga table.

Los Che remain 10 points off a Champions League spot and have ground to make up in the second half of the season.

They had gone into the winter break reeling from successive defeats to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

But Valencia seldom looked back once Piatti lashed home from inside the area in the 43rd minute after Vyntra's header fell straight at his feet.

Feghouli forced a finger-tip save with a 20-yard effort, while former Tottenham forward Helder Postiga volleyed wastefully wide in the 54th minute.

Levante remain 12th in the table but have now lost six of the last seven league games.

Their best chance fell to David Barral but he was denied by a fine save by Diego Alves on the hour.

Feghouli settled a one-sided Valencia derby after leaving defenders Issam El Adoua and Vyntra trailing in his wake before a composed 74th minute finish.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Valencia

  • 01 Diego Alves
  • 19 Barragán
  • 14 Bernat
  • 06 Romeu
  • 20 Ricardo Costa Booked
  • 22 Mathieu Booked
  • 08 Feghouli
  • 21 Parejo (Banega - 80' Booked )
  • 09 Postiga (Nicolás Cartabia - 83' )
  • 07 Gonçalves Oliveira
  • 02 Piatti (Guardado - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Ruiz
  • 10 Banega
  • 11 Pabón
  • 13 Guaita
  • 15 Fuego Martínez
  • 18 Guardado
  • 28 Nicolás Cartabia

Levante

  • 01 Navas
  • 19 López Muñoz
  • 15 Karabelas
  • 23 Diop
  • 06 Vyntra
  • 16 El Adoua
  • 20 Ríos (Xumetra - 54' )
  • 24 Mate Junior Booked (Camarasa - 72' )
  • 07 Barral
  • 11 García Santos
  • 21 Ivanschitz (El Zhar - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Gomis
  • 05 Rodas
  • 08 El Zhar
  • 09 Rodríguez Díaz
  • 13 Jiménez Camarero
  • 17 Xumetra
  • 37 Camarasa
Ref: César Muñiz Fernández
Att: 33,000

Match Stats

Shots

17 7

On target

5 2

Corners

7 5

Fouls

17 24

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Valencia CF 2, Levante 0.

90:00 +2:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Valencia CF 2, Levante 0.

90:00 +1:45

Éver Banega (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:45

Foul by Jordi Xumetra (Levante).

90:00 +1:16

Attempt missed. Jonas (Valencia CF) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli with a cross.

90:00 +0:29

Attempt missed. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

89:11 Booking

Booking Éver Banega (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:04

Foul by Éver Banega (Valencia CF).

89:04

Rubén García (Levante) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:03

Éver Banega (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:03

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

84:42

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Issam El Adoua.

84:01

Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:01

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

82:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Fede replaces Helder Postiga.

80:54

Attempt missed. Rubén García (Levante) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pedro López.

79:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Éver Banega replaces Daniel Parejo.

77:41

Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:41

Foul by Nikos Karabelas (Levante).

76:36

Offside, Valencia CF. Ricardo Costa tries a through ball, but Jonas is caught offside.

75:23

Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:23

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

74:47

Foul by Helder Postiga (Valencia CF).

74:47

Loukas Vyntra (Levante) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Andrés Guardado replaces Pablo Piatti.

72:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Valencia CF 2, Levante 0. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Antonio Barragán.

71:23

Jonas (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:23

Foul by Loukas Vyntra (Levante).

71:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Levante. Victor Camarasa replaces Simao.

70:40

Attempt missed. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Parejo with a headed pass.

70:13

Attempt saved. Pape Diop (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

69:45

Attempt missed. Helder Postiga (Valencia CF) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Piatti with a cross.

67:50

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Issam El Adoua.

66:55

Offside, Levante. Pape Diop tries a through ball, but David Barral is caught offside.

66:18

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

66:18

Nikos Karabelas (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:44

Juan Bernat (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:44

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

63:09 Booking

Booking Simao (Levante) is shown the yellow card.

63:02

Helder Postiga (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:02

Foul by Simao (Levante).

62:23

Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:23

Foul by Jordi Xumetra (Levante).

61:22 Booking

Booking Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:11

Foul by Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF).

61:11

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:18

Attempt missed. Simao (Levante) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pape Diop with a cross following a corner.

59:31

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Diego Alves.

59:29

Attempt saved. David Barral (Levante) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:46

Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:46

Foul by Jordi Xumetra (Levante).

58:11

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

58:11

Rubén García (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:43

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

55:43

Nikos Karabelas (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:36

Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:36

Foul by Rubén García (Levante).

53:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Levante. Nabil El Zhar replaces Andreas Ivanschitz.

53:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Levante. Jordi Xumetra replaces Pedro Ríos.

53:08

Attempt missed. Helder Postiga (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Juan Bernat with a cross.

51:57

Foul by Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF).

51:57

Pedro López (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:12

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

50:10

Attempt saved. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Antonio Barragán.

49:33

Attempt blocked. Jonas (Valencia CF) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

48:16

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:16

Foul by Rubén García (Levante).

47:54

Foul by Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF).

47:54

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Valencia CF 1, Levante 0.

45:00 +0:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Valencia CF 1, Levante 0.

43:42

Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:42

Foul by Rubén García (Levante).

43:11

Attempt missed. Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Antonio Barragán with a cross.

42:28

Helder Postiga (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:28

Foul by Simao (Levante).

41:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Valencia CF 1, Levante 0. Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

40:06

Helder Postiga (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:06

Foul by Loukas Vyntra (Levante).

38:56 Booking

Booking Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:51

Foul by Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF).

38:51

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:53

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Valencia CF).

37:53

Pape Diop (Levante) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:15

Attempt missed. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Juan Bernat.

36:56

Attempt saved. Helder Postiga (Valencia CF) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Parejo with a cross.

36:31

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Issam El Adoua.

36:30

Attempt blocked. Jonas (Valencia CF) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

35:05

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Nikos Karabelas.

33:02

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:02

Foul by Nikos Karabelas (Levante).

32:12

Antonio Barragán (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:12

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

31:12

Foul by Helder Postiga (Valencia CF).

31:12

Loukas Vyntra (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:27

Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:27

Foul by Rubén García (Levante).

29:17

Helder Postiga (Valencia CF).

29:17

Keylor Navas (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:03

Attempt blocked. Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:34

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Issam El Adoua.

27:22

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

27:22

Simao (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:03

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Jonas.

23:39

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Helder Postiga.

23:18

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Helder Postiga.

22:38

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Antonio Barragán.

22:36

Attempt blocked. Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:27

Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:27

Foul by Rubén García (Levante).

20:04

Offside, Levante. Rubén García tries a through ball, but Pedro López is caught offside.

19:09

Attempt missed. Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jonas.

18:21

Foul by Helder Postiga (Valencia CF).

18:21

Pedro López (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:42

Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:42

Foul by David Barral (Levante).

14:38

Attempt missed. Jonas (Valencia CF) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Antonio Barragán.

13:23

Oriol Romeu (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:23

Foul by Simao (Levante).

11:42

Jonas (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:42

Foul by Pape Diop (Levante).

11:10

Attempt missed. Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Issam El Adoua following a set piece situation.

11:03

Attempt blocked. Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro Ríos.

10:17

Foul by Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF).

10:17

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:06

Foul by Jonas (Valencia CF).

9:06

Nikos Karabelas (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:32

Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:32

Foul by Pape Diop (Levante).

6:03

Foul by Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF).

6:03

Rubén García (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:20

Juan Bernat (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:20

Foul by Pedro Ríos (Levante).

2:08

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Pedro López.

1:09

Attempt saved. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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