First Division - Day 4

Valladolid 3 - Espanyol 1

Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Julio César, Caminero, Marcos (Losada 46'); Jesús, Ricchetti; Fernando Sales, Oscar González (Ciric 72'), Zapata; Makukula (Caretti 59'). 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Lemmens; Tayfun, Torricelli, Lopo, Wome; Maxi, Alex Fernández (Jordi Cruyff 55'), Bastia (Morales 74'), Bobson (Jarque 46'); Raúl Molina, Tamudo. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Valladolid: Oscar González, Makukula for Jonathan, Sousa / Espanyol: Torricelli, Alex Fernández, Tamudo for Marc Bertrán, Jarque, Domoraud.

1-0. 04. Zapata. Leapt to head Fernando Sales cross past keeper on far post.
2-0. 10. Jesús. Caught Lemmens off guard with quickly taken free kick.
2-1. 34. Bobson. Hit low shot past Bizzarri from Maxi's cross.
3-1. 80. Ciric (penalty). After Ciric himself pushed over by Wome.

Valladolid bounced back from their 7-2 thrashing by Real Madrid to beat Espanyol 3-1. Fernando Vázquez's side were looking to wipe last weekend's result from their memory, and they couldn't have had a better start, Zapata getting his own back on the side who almost signed him by heading home a Fernando Sales cross in the fourth minute. And then soon afterwards Jesús made it two with a quickly taken free kick, catching Lemmens off guard still trying to line up the defensive wall.

Finally the visitors woke up, and not long after Alex Fernández hit the post, Bobson got his first goal for his new club with a low shot past Bizzarri. But with the Catalans pressing for an equaliser, referee Tristante Oliva ruled that Lopo's tackle on Makukula was worthy of a second yellow card, and they were left with ten men.

After that the game slowed down, and the numbers were evened up when Torres Gómez also saw red for a tackle on Tamudo. Two minutes later though Tristante made another controversial decision, awarding a penalty to the locals after Wome ran in to Ciric from behind. The ex Barcelona midfielder converted the kick himself to take his side up to seventh and leave their opponents back down in the bottom three.