Liga - Valencia's Pizzi era begins with derby win

Valencia made a winning start under new coach Juan Antonio Pizzi with Pablo Piatti and Sofiane Feghouli scoring in a 2-0 victory over local rivals Levante.

The win lifted Valencia up to eighth place on 23 points.

They almost made the perfect start with a Feghouli's strike blocked by Keylor Navas in the opening minutes.

Piatti pounced on a loose ball to open the scoring before halftime and Feghouli's clinical finish wrapped up the points with less than 20 minutes remaining.

In the day's other matches Almeria downed Granada 3-0 while bottom club Real Betis held Real Valladolid to a 0-0 draw.