First Division - Day 37

Mallorca 4 - Espanyol 2

Mallorca: Leo Franco; David Cortés (Bruggink 63'), Lussenhoff, Nadal, Poli; Campano, Pereyra, Marcos (Colsa 55'), Nené; Eto'o, Delibasic (Jesús Perera 17'). 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Lemmens; Domoraud, Lopo, Pochettino, Wome; Fredson, Alex Fernández (Morales 65'); Maxi (Raducanu 75'), De la Peña, Hadji (Jordi Cruyff 61'); Tamudo. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Mallorca: Nadal, Nené for Fernando Niño, Finidi / Espanyol: No change.

0-1. 06. Tamudo (penalty). After referee ruled that Leo Franco had fouled Maxi.
0-2. 24. Tamudo. Picked up De la Peña pass and shot low across keeper.
1-2. 64. Jesús Perera. Steered header down past keeper from Colsa cross.
2-2. 73. Bruggink. Ran on to Eto'o through ball and hit low shot past Lemmens.
3-2. 85. Jesús Perera. Beat Lemmens after Eto'o laid back long cross.
4-2. 93. Colsa. Low shot into empty net after Eto'o laid ball back from by-line.

Espanyol threw away a chance to save themselves when they lost 4-2 at Mallorca. The Catalans had been thrown a lifeline the day before when Celta and Valladolid both lost, and a win in the San Moix stadium would have ensured first division football for them for another year. And they seemed to be well on the way when Tamudo scored an early penalty after Maxi fell suspiciously under Leo Franco's challenge and then added a second later in the first half after De la Peña set him up.

But inspired by Samuel Eto'o the Islanders came back after the break, scoring four times in the last half hour to turn the scoreline around. The recovery started when Luis Aragonés brought on Colsa, the ex Atlético Madrid midfielder setting up Jesús Perera for him to head past Lemmens soon afterwards. Tamudo missed a chance for a hat-trick when he tried to lob Franco rather than shoot past him, and a minute later Bruggink had equalised at the other end after Eto'o sent him away.

Eto'o it was as well who laid on goals for Perera and Colsa to win the match, and the Camerooni striker was chaired off by his fellow players, presumably having played his last game for the club before a big money transfer. Espanyol were shattered, and they now need to win next week at home to Murcia to be sure of staying up.