Gary Neville gets first win as manager at Valencia

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In his third match in charge at the Mestalla, Gary Neville has gotten his first win.

Valencia defeated Barakaldo, 2-0, advancing to the next round of the Copa del Rey tournament 5-1 on aggregate.

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Neville opened his managerial career with a disappointing loss to Lyon in the Champions League before drawing Eibar in La Liga.

While Valencia was expected to beat Barakaldo, a side that plays in Spain’s third division, it was still a big win for both the club and Neville.

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Neville, a former Manchester United defender, gave Alvaro Negredo, a former Manchester City striker, his first start in more than two months against Barakaldo. It paid off, as Negredo scored just 30 minutes into the match. Santi Mina, a 20-year-old who has been having a breakout season for Valencia, also scored in the first half.

Valencia currently sit eighth on the La Liga table, seven points outside the top four.