MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — 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.