First Division - Day 9

Valladolid 1 - Alavés 3

Valladolid: Ricardo; Torres Gómez, Santamaría (Luis García 46'), Ricchetti, Peña, Marcos; Oscar, Jesús, Eusebio (Fernando Sales 69'); Tote, Cuauhtèmoc Blanco (Turu Flores 75'). 5-3-2.
Alavés: Herrera; Geli, Coloccini, Téllez, Llorens; Astudillo, Pablo; Jordi Cruyff (Iván Alonso 85'), Magno (Witschge 60'), Ibon Begoña (Vucko 71'); Rubén Navarro. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valladolid: Peña for Tena / Alavés: Téllez, Ibon Begoña, Rubén Navarro for Karmona, Turiel, Iván Alonso.

0-1. 19. Coloccini. Headed wide of keeper after Geli centred from right.
0-2. 21. Rubén Navarro. Following up after Ricardo pushed out Geli's shot.
0-3. 48. Coloccini. From close up after defence failed to clear corner.
1-3. 56. Luis García (penalty). After referee ruled Téllez had brought down Tote.

Alavés moved back up to the UEFA spots after a comfortable win at Valladolid. Mané brought back Spanish international Téllez for this game despite the war of words between the two during the week and Eusebio kept his place in Pepe Moré's side to make his 524th league appearance, equalling (some reports say beating) the record number of games for an outfield player in Spain, previously held by Real Madrid's Sanchis. But the man of the match was one of the youngest players on the field, Argentine under 21 international defender Coloccini who scored twice in the first fifty minutes, opening the scoring with a well placed header and adding the third after Ricardo saved Cruyff's first effort following a corner.

Rubén Navarro got the second in between, bundling the ball in to the net after Ricardo could only block Geli's shot, and Alavés could have scored more in a first half in which they were totally on top. Valladolid got one back from the penalty spot after Tote was brought down by Téllez, half time substitute Luis García converting the kick "a lo Panenka" with a slow lob over the outstretched Herrera. Tote claimed another penalty when he was tackled by Cruyff later on, but when he tried a third time after clashing with Witschge, referee López Nieto had had enough and gave the ex Real Madrid striker a yellow card for play-acting. Valladolid's defeat takes them down to thirteenth place, in the middle of a group of nine teams separated by only two points.