First Division - Day 5

Mallorca 2 - Espanyol 0

Mallorca: Leo Franco; Cortés, Fernando Niño, Nadal, Poli; Lozano, Robles (Olaizola 46'); Ibagaza, Eto'o (Turu Flores 90'), Riera; Pandiani (Marcos 72'). 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Argensó; Navas, Soldevilla, Domoraud, Ricardo Cavas (Alex Fernández 66'); Morales (Velamazán 66'); Maxi, Fredson (Milosevic 51'), Roger, Luque; Tamudo. 4-1-4-1.

Team changes: Mallorca: Eto'o for Novo / Espanyol: No change.

0-1. 58. Lozano. Diving header past Argensó from Riera free kick.
0-2. 86. Eto'o (penalty). After Eto'o himself fouled by Soldevilla in area.

Espanyol's nightmare start to the season continued at Mallorca, and after their latest defeat they dropped to the bottom of the division. For the first time this season Juande Ramos named an unchanged line up, a 4-1-4-1 formation which earned his side their first point of the season last week against Sevilla. Mallorca were still looking for their first home win of the season, but the return of Eto'o after a five match ban gave them hope, especially as the Camerooni striker had a reputation for scoring against the Catalan side.

Mallorca were unable to take advantage of their early domination of the game though, and Leo Franco had to be at his best to save from Roger midway through the half. Tamudo was causing some problems as well for the home side defence, and just before half time Fernando Niño after picking up two yellow cards for fouls on the Spanish international striker.

Manzano had to bring on defender Olaizola at the break to fill the gap in defence, and Ramos fell into the trap putting on an extra forward Milosevic. Mallorca were not beaten though, and Lozano dived to head Riera's free kick into the back of the net to give them the lead. Pandiani thought he had scored a few minutes later, but for the second time in a week his goal was ruled out by the referee, this time for a supposed previous foul.

With ten minutes to go another great save from Leo Franco prevented Milosevic from scoring an equaliser. But then Eto'o celebrated his return by forcing Soldevilla to foul him in the area, and scored himself from the penalty spot to keep up his record against the Barcelona based side. To make things worse Tamudo hobbled off at the end, and he will miss Spain's upcoming internationals and probably the next two or three league games. When things go wrong they do so in droves.