First Division - Day 6

Valladolid 2 - Barcelona 1

Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Caminero, Gaspar, Marcos; Colsa, Ricchetti; Chema (Sousa 65'), Fernando Sales (Ciric 94'), Oscar Sánchez; Aganzo (Pachón 85'). 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Puyol, De Boer, Fernando Navarro; Mendieta (Rochemback 85'), Xavi, Cocu, Gabri (Gerard 78'); Saviola, Luis Enrique (Geovanni 68'); Kluivert. 3-4-2-1.

Team changes: Valladolid: Caminero, Gaspar, Oscar Sánchez for Peña, Mario, Olivera / Barcelona: Gabri for Motta.

1-0. 53. Aganzo. Hooked ball over keeper after defence failed to clear free kick.
2-0. 86. Pachón. Bundled ball in on far post after Sales cross came off Navarro.
2-1. 90. Saviola. Ran on to Gerard through ball to round keeper and score.

Barcelona dropped into the bottom half of the table after losing 2-1 at Valladolid. Once again it was a disappointing performance from Louis Van Gaal's side, who have now only taken one point from their last three league games. Although they created the best chances in the first half they were unable to finish them off, for example when Saviola shot at Bizzarri when Luis Enrique was free alongside him in front of goal, or a few minutes later when Kluivert controlled the ball well but then saw his shot blocked by the keeper, who also turned Saviola's follow up for a corner.

Valladolid had not had many chances themselves, but Aganzo put them in front soon after half time after Fernando Navarro and Cocu both went for the same ball and ended up gifting it to the young striker. Barça went for broke, but the Valladolid defence held fast, with Torres Gómez cutting out an effort from Kluivert midway through the half. Van Gaal put on Geovanni for the tired Luis Enrique, but for some reason decided not to give Riquelme a run out despite their need for creative ideas.

With five minutes to go Moré brought on Pachón for Aganzo, and within a minute he had added a second goal, bundling the ball into the net on the far post after a Fernando Sales cross had ballooned off Fernando Navarro. The game was over, and although Saviola added some spice in the ninetieth minute with a late goal, Barcelona were beaten. It was Valladolid's first win against them at the Nuevo Zorrilla in six seasons, and takes Moré's men above their opponents up to seventh place.