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Valencia edges Real Mallorca in opener

Updated: September 1, 2002, 7:40 PM ET
Reuters

MADRID -- Valencia opened the defense of its title with an impressive 2-0 win at Real Mallorca in the Spanish first division.

Rafael Benitez's side bounced back after a disappointing 4-0 aggregate defeat by Deportivo Coruna in the Spanish Super Cup, with goals from Gonzalo de los Santos and Ruben Baraja to seal a confident winner against the islanders.

Depor was brought back down to earth after they were dealt a comprehensive 4-2 home defeat by a sparkling Real Betis inspired by fine ...

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