First Division - Day 15

Espanyol 2 - Mallorca 1

Espanyol: Kameni; Ibarra, Lopo, Pochettino, David García; Maxi, Ito, De la Peña (Morales 46'), Oscar Serrano; Dani (Miñambres 80'), Tamudo (Soldevilla 90'). 4-4-2.
Mallorca: Moya; David Cortés, Fernando Niño, Ramís, Poli; Farinós (Jesús Perera 80'), Pereyra; Jorge López (Campano 46'), Luis García, Arango (Tuni 73'); Delibasic. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Espanyol: No change / Mallorca: Moya for Westerveld.

1-0. 26. Pochettino. Headed ball back in after Cortés cleared Dani effort off line.
2-0. 35. Oscar Serrano. Following up after De la Peña shot came back off bar.
2-1. 59. Pereyra. Beat Kameni with header in off post from Campano's cross.

Espanyol moved up to second place in the table after a 2-1 win over Mallorca in the last game on Sunday evening. The match got off to a lively start, with both sides creating chances. Ramis cut out Tamudo as he advanced on goal, and Dani's header was saved by Moya, who was returning to the Mallorca goal in place of Westerveld. Farinós shot wide at the other end and Delibasic had a penalty appeal turned down, and David Cortés cleared a double effort from Dani away with the keeper beaten soon afterwards.

Cortés made another desperate clearance from Dani's header following a corner a few minutes later, but this time he could do no more than steer it towards Pochettino, who headed it back into the net. Jorge López had a chance to level the scores from the penalty spot almost immediately after Ibarra barged over Arango, but Kameni saved his kick and reacted quickly enough to deflect his follow up shot onto the post. It was the Camerooni's third penalty save of the season after stopping kicks from Ronaldo and Baptista earlier in the current campaign.

Let off the hook, Oscar Serrano made it two before half time, shooting past Moyá after De la Peña ran through from the half way line and chipped a shot onto the crossbar. Kameni saved an effort from Delibasic before the break, but he was eventually beaten on the hour mark when Pereyra got on the end of Camapno's free kick to score.

After that though the game slowed down, De la Peña's skills missed by the home side after he bowed out of the match at the interval with an upset stomach. Farinós could have equalised late on had Ibarra not got back to clear his shot off the line, but it was not to be and Héctor Cúper's side stay down in the bottom three. On today's showing though, they won't be there too long.