First Division - Day 26

Las Palmas 1 - Valladolid 1

Las Palmas: Nacho González; Angel, Sarasúa (Tevenet 60'), Schurrer, Paqui; Samways (Carmelo 15'), Josico; Edu Alonso, Jorge, Pablo Lago; Orlando (Sequeiros 80'). 4-2-3-1.
Valladolid: Ricardo; Torres Gómez, Mario (Gaspar 46'), Caminero, Tena (Lozano 74'), Marcos; Fernando Sales, Jesús, Chema; Fernando, Luis García. 5-3-2.

Team changes: Las Palmas: No change / Valladolid: Caminero, Tena, Luis García for Gaspar, Peña, Tote.

0-1. 50. Fernando Sales. Volleyed shot back past keeper after Marcos cross.
1-1. 64. Orlando. Ran through and slid ball in past keeper from left of goal.

Las Palmas moved closer to the relegation zone after only managing to draw at home to Valladolid. The Canary Island side have not won now in their last six games and drop to sixteenth in the table, just three points above the bottom three. This was a game that they could have won, with an attacking football, especially in the second half, which created many scoring opportunities. However the visitors took the lead shortly after half time when the on-form Fernando Sales beat Nacho González with a spectacular volley, and the fans started to become impatient as the spectre of last week's 7-0 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid started to raise it's head. Valladolid though had lined up without any natural striker in their side, with Tote and Turu Flores injured and Cuauhtèmoc out of favour, and after the goal they pulled back into their own half to defend.

Fernando Vázquez had lost his midfield general Vinny Samways to a leg injury early on, and he made a second substitution with an hour gone, bringing on an extra forward Tevenet. Eventually the pressure paid off, Orlando finally getting a long overdue first goal of the season, sliding the ball between keeper Ricardo and a defender after a good run from the left wing. Ricardo kept out two more efforts from the veteran striker before he finally left the field exhausted, and despite a flurry of activity in the last few minutes the score remained unchanged. To add to Vázquez's problems, Angel got himself sent off for a second bookable offence in injury time, and he will miss their next game at Espanyol. Valladolid go home happy even though they have not won now in Gran Canaria since 1981 (when by coincidence Pepe Moré was their coach), and they move up a place to a comfortable ninth.