First Division - Day 1

Racing Santander 0 - Valladolid 1

Racing: Lemmens; Pineda, Mora, Juanma, Sietes; Ismael, Nafti; Morán (Pablo Sierra 83'), Benayoun (Javi Guerrero 80'), Txiki (Regueiro 70'); Bodipo. 4-2-3-1.
Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Caminero (Jonathan 63'), Gaspar, Marcos (Ricchetti 46'); Peña, Colsa; Fernando Sales, Sousa, Chema (Oscar González 69'); Aganzo. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 91. Aganzo. Following up after Lemmens failed to hold on to Sales long shot.

The new season kicked off with a single match on Saturday night between two of the league's unfancied teams, newly promoted Racing Santander and Valladolid. Both teams are struggling financially and had made few changes to their squads in the summer, and Valladolid had sold their first choice keeper Ricardo to Manchester United only a week ago.

The game was a dull affair, with little scoring chances throughout. Those that were fell to Racing, and Bodipo got the ball in the net in the first half only to see his effort ruled out by the referee for offside. After the break Benayoun set up Bodipo and then Txiki but neither could capitalise on their chances, and the Israeli midfielder was denied himself later on when Ricardo's replacement Bizzarri saved at his feet.

Then with the game apparently petering out to a draw, Valladolid scored through David Aganzo with virtually their first attack at goal. The young striker was on hand to finish off after Belgian keeper Lemmens spilled a long shot from Sousa, leaving the Cantabrians no time to react. Both will have to produce better performances though if they are to survive at this level.