First Division - Day 1

Mallorca 0 - Las Palmas 3

Mallorca: Leo Franco; Olaizola, Fernando Niño, Nadal, Vicente; Novo (Riera 50'), Francisco Soler (Carlos 50'), Marcos, Ibagaza; Eto'o, Luque (Biagini 46'). 4-4-2.
Las Palmas: Nacho González; Angel, Ramón, Schurrer, Paqui; Josico (Carmelo 33'), Samways; Edu Alonso (Sarasua 72'), Jorge, Pablo Lago; Orlando (Eloy 60'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 42. Pablo Lago. Beat three men inside penalty area and shot low into net.
0-2. 47. Jorge. Took pass from Orlando and shot first time wide of keeper.
0-3. 82. Carmelo. Finished off in front of goal after dribble and pass from Eloy.

Hard up Las Palmas produced the shock of the day to share second spot after beating Champions League team Mallorca 0-3 away. Mallorca's manager Bernd Krauss surprisingly rested Engonga and Miguel Soler, leaving them both in the stands with one eye on the Champions League which starts in a couple of weeks time. He also substituted Luque at half time after Nacho González saved his penalty kick, awarded rather rigorously by referee Megia Dávila after Paqui tackled Novo in the area. Krauss paid the price however, with the Canary Island side scoring through ex Mallorca player Pablo Lago just before the break, and then through youngsters Jorge and Carmelo (expected to be the new revelation at Las Palmas this year) after the restart.

Krauss must be thankful that his side have scraped through to the league stage of the top European competition, but even so he could be the first manager to fall if results continue along these lines. He may well be making new signings in the next few days, with Paunovic already in the bag and Marcos and Iván Ania close to signing. The Las Palmas manager Fernando Vázquez would love to have money to spend, but with the club on the brink of bankruptcy that will not be possible. However with youngsters coming through like Jorge, Carmelo, Angel to follow on the footsteps of Guayre (now with Villarreal), they may still survive on their own.