First Division - Day 22

Alavés 0 - Mallorca 4

Alavés: Kike; Geli, Coloccini, Téllez, Llorens; Turiel, Witschge (Vucko 59'); Astudillo, Jordi Cruyff, Magno; Rubén Navarro (Iván Alonso 59'). 4-2-3-1.
Mallorca: Roa; Olaizola, Nadal, Fernando Niño, Miguel Soler; Campano, Engonga, Marcos, Cristian Díaz; Losada (Francisco Soler 67'), Luque (Carlos 80'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Alavés: Witschge, Jordi Cruyff for Pablo, Ibon Begoña / Mallorca: Cristian Díaz, Losada for Paunovic, Novo.

0-1. 05. Losada. High lob over keeper's head from edge of area.
0-2. 12. Luque. Took square pass from Losada and shot wide of keeper.
0-3. 52. Losada. Shot from right of area from Cristian Díaz free kick.
0-4. 87. Campano (penalty). After Carlos brought down by Geli in area.

Alavés fell to their second defeat in four days, losing 0-4 to a surprisingly good Mallorca who have now scored seven in their last two games. The inspiration for the visitors came from their recent signing from Oviedo "Chino" Losada, who was making his first start for his new club in place of Paunovic, who together with Novo was serving out a one match ban. With Eto'o away on international duty with Cameroon, Losada stepped in to his shoes to combine perfectly with exciting young striker Luque, and between them they scored three goals in the first hour of the game. Losada opened the scoring himself in the fifth minute, running on to a long clearance out of defence and catching Kike off his line with a first touch high lob from the edge of the area. And only a few minutes later he laid the ball across for Luque to score for the fifth league game in a row, equalling the club record.

The Vitoria based side were reeling, two goals down despite having most of the play up to then. Mané had brought in his Dutch duo of Witschge and Jordi Cruyff, and the former went close with a free kick from the edge of the area. Soon after half time Roa saved from Geli, but then the visitors went further ahead when Losada latched on to a short free kick from Cristian Díaz to fire a shot across Kike and in to the far corner of the net. Mané brought on two new forwards without much effect, and when referee Muñiz Fernández awarded a penalty to the visitors after Geli tripped Carlos, the fans started to leave in droves. Campano converted the kick to give Alavés their worst ever home defeat in the first division, and take the Balearic island side four points clear of the drop zone. Alavés drop from second to fifth, albeit still only a point behind second placed Celta.