First Division - Day 30

Valladolid 1 - Valencia 0

Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Gaspar (Mario 46'), Caminero, Jonathan, Marcos; Fernando Sales, Peña, Oscar González, Olivera (Ciric 46'); Pachón (Antonio López 63'). 5-4-1.
Valencia: Cañizares; Reveillère, Ayala, Pellegrino, Carboni; Rufete (Carew 72'), Albelda, Aimar (Gavilán 76'), Fabio Aurelio; Mista (Juan Sánchez 63'), Angulo. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Valladolid: Peña, Pachón for Colsa, Aganzo / Valencia: Ayala, Pellegrino, Carboni, Angulo for Marchena, Djukic, Vicente, Juan Sánchez.

1-0. 75. Antonio López. Took Ciric pass on left of goal and hit shot across keeper.

While Real Madrid and Barcelona were battling it out in the Bernabeu stadium, Spain's other Champions League quarter finalists Valencia were beaten 1-0 by Valladolid. As usual Rafa Benítez rested some of his star players in preparation for Tuesday night's clash with Inter Milan, although most were forced upon him with Baraja, Vicente and Marchena suspended and Kily González and Curro Torres still injured. Carew though was left on the bench to give Mista and Angulo a chance up front, and he was sitting alongside junior international Jaime Gavilán, who was to be given a first ever run out for the last quarter of an hour in this game. Home side manager Pepe Moré needed a victory to help his team to move away from the relegation spots and also to hold on to his own job if rumours were to be believed, and he put out a defensive line up containing six defenders.

That, together with a waterlogged pitch after a heavy rainfall meant that the first real shot at goal didn't come until five minutes before the break, when Mista went close for the visitors. Rufete tested Bizzarri a couple of times in the second half, but the introduction of Ciric and then Antonio López after the break turned things Valladolid's way. With fifteen minutes to go the two combined for López to fire a low shot past Cañizares to give the three points to the locals. The win was a welcome relief for them having only picked up two points in their last five games before this one, but leaves Valencia out of fourth spot after Celta won their game on Sunday.