First Division - Day 30

Valladolid 1 - Oviedo 0

Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, García Calvo, Heinze, Marcos; Eusebio, Jesús (Peña 67'); Caminero, Ciric (Pachón 46'), Fernando; Alberto (Kaviedes 62'). 4-2-3-1.
Oviedo: Esteban; Pablo Suárez (Raúl 78'), Danjou, Boris, Rabarivony (Jaime 85'); Amieva (Rubén 70'), Onopko, Tomic, Iván Ania; Paunovic, Oli. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Valladolid: Torres Gómez, García Calvo, Eusebio, Fernando, Alberto for Ricchetti, Peña, Santamaría, Lozano, Pachón / Oviedo: Pablo Suárez, Danjou, Boris, Paunovic for Joyce Moreno, Gaspar, Martinovic, Geni.

1-0. 76. Pachón. At second attempt after good work by Torres and Caminero.

Valladolid ended their run of five defeats in a row to give caretaker manager Pepe Moré his first victory in charge. It was a most important game for both teams, level on 32 points before kick off only three above the drop zone, and the loser was sure to be condemned to fight for survival against the four bottom clubs. Valladolid's lack of form has been mirrored by financial difficulties off the field of play, with players not having collected their earnings for several weeks and club president Ignacio Lewin threatening to resign if a local savings bank rejected their request for a loan. Moré was at a loss for what to do next, making five changes to his side and abandoning the five man defence, with Torres Gómez returning from suspension and García Calvo from injury joining the back four. Oviedo's defence was also remodelled, with Antic only retaining Rabarivony from the side that lost to Real Sociedad last week.

The first half was a poor affair, with the two teams seemingly happy to share the points as neither keeper had to do anything other than take goal kicks. However the news that relegation rivals Racing and Real Sociedad were both winning spurred them into action. Pachón came on for Ciric for the home side, and Esteban made his first save of the game from the striker as he shot from a wide angle. Bizzarri made a brilliant save at the other end to keep the game level, and with fifteen minutes to go Pachón got what was to be the only goal of the game at the second bite of the cherry after his first shot was blocked by the Oviedo keeper. In the last minute of the game another fantastic save by Bizzarri from Oli meant that Valladolid had taken the three points, relieving the pressure a bit on the club. Oviedo though are only two points now from the drop zone, and have to get a result at home to Valencia next week to avoid further problems.