First Division - Day 38

Alavés 1 - Valladolid 1

Alavés: Juan Pablo; Karmona (Geli 50'), Abelardo, Téllez (Desio 70'), Llorens; Luis Helguera, Pablo; Astudillo, Tomic (Mara 52'), Iván Alonso; Rubén Navarro. 4-2-3-1.
Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Gaspar, Caminero, Jonathan, Oscar Sánchez; Javier Moré, Colsa (Javi Jiménez 60'), Oscar González, Alvaro (Agustín 67'); Aganzo (Pachón 72'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Alavés: Juan Pablo, Téllez, Luis Helguera, Pablo for Dutruel, Geli, Turiel, Ibon Begoña / Valladolid: Gaspar, Caminero, Javier Moré, Alvaro for Peña, Chema, Antonio López, Ciric.

0-1. 36. Aganzo. Took advantage of defensive error to beat keeper with low shot.
1-1. 58. Pablo. Connected with Geli's cross to volley ball past Bizzarri.

Alavés said goodbye to the first division with a 1-1 draw against Valladolid. The match was played in intense heat, and with nothing at stake the pace was slow right from the start. Visiting keeper Bizzarri kept out Iván Alonso early on, and there was virtually no goalmouth action until Aganzo controlled a long pass and left the retiring Abelardo and Karmona for dead before shooting low past reserve keeper Juan Pablo. And young debutant Alvaro could have added a second before the break after Aganzo set him up, but he failed to take his chance.

Aranguren substituted Karmona five minutes after the restart, the veteran captain presumably taking leave of his fans, and Geli came on in his place. Within minutes the new man produced a run down the wing which finished with a high cross in, Pablo connecting with a first time volley from the edge of the area to level the scores. After that the Vitoria based side picked up their ideas, and Rubén Navarro went close. But Oscar González could have won it for the visitors when he headed against the post near the end. It didn't matter much though, and the fans trudged home resigned to a return to life in the second division next season.