First Division - Day 9

Recreativo Huelva 1 - Valladolid 3

Recreativo: César; Galán (Mario Bermejo 46'), Loren, Yago, Espinola; Javi García (Xisco 34'), Camacho (Gallego 62'), Cubillo, Benítez; Oscar Arpón; Raúl Molina. 4-4-1-1.
Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Mustafá, Caminero (Mario 46'), Marcos; Colsa, Peña; Javier Moré (Chema 65'), Ciric (Oscar Sánchez 08'), Olivera; Pachón. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Recreativo: No change / Valladolid: Mustafá, Peña, Javier Moré, Ciric, Pachón for Santamaría, Ricchetti, Fernando Sales, Oscar Sánchez, Aganzo.

0-1. 21. Olivera. Took pass from Pachón and lifted ball over advancing keeper.
0-2. 45. Pachón. Picked up loose ball in area and beat two men before scoring.
0-3. 83. Mario. Shot through crowded goal mouth after keeper palmed out cross.
1-3. 84. Loren. Powerful header past Bizzarri following corner from right.

Bottom club Recreativo Huelva lost 1-3 to Valladolid, and are already looking like relegation material only weeks in to their return to the top flight. Their first win of the season last week gave them some hope, and for a few minutes the fans were in an enthusiastic mood as Arpón and Raúl Molina tested Bizzarri in the Valladolid goal. An injury in the eighth minute to visiting forward Ciric on his first start of the season gave them even more reason to be optimistic, but it was in part to lead to their downfall, the introduction of left winger Oscar Sánchez allowing Olivera to play the role he prefers behind the striker. With twenty minutes on the clock the innocent Huelva defence failed to clear an attack, and the Uruguayan international was there to juggle the ball over the lunging César and in to the net.

Visiting manager Pepe Moré had been forced to put out a makeshift side due to injuries to key players, but the replacements filled their shoes more than adequately. One of the new men was in fact the manager's own son Javier Moré, who was drafted in from the B team to replace Fernando Sales on the right wing, and he brought a good save out of César with a long shot later in the half. Before half time the inevitable happened and Valladolid went further ahead after the defence were caught ball watching, Colsa's free kick finding an unmarked Pachón for him to run through and fire a shot into the far bottom corner of the net.

Lucas Alcaraz had already brought on Xisco late in the first half, and he added another forward Bermejo at the break. Even with three men up front though they could make no inroads, and the visitors scored a third goal seven minutes from the end when César could only palm away a chipped cross from the ever dangerous Olivera, the ball falling to Mario for him to hit an acrobatic shot into the net. A minute later Loren did get one back from a corner, but for the first time this season the home fans showed their displeasure at their team's performance. With a difficult calendar coming up, they could have a foot in the second division by Christmas. The bookmakers are already crossing the name off their boards.