Valencia take slim lead to the Bernabeu

Valencia 3 – Real Madrid 2 (Super Cup, August 17, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Real took the lead against the run of play thanks to a clinical finish from van Nistelrooy. Valencia drew level early in the second half, Mata smashing a low drive past Casillas. Three minutes later Mata turned provider, curling in a fine cross to the near post where David Villa headed home. Back came Real, Robben sped down the wing and his cross was turned in by van Nistelrooy, but Los Che got the win when Vicente stabbed home from close range after a neat one-two with Silva on the edge of the area.

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Real Murcia 2 – Ajax 1 (Friendly, August 16, 2008) Luis Suarez scored after a deflected free kick and Dario Cvitanich missed the only other serious opportunity for Ajax. Ranko Despotovic and Diabang were the goalscorers for the Spanish side.