|First Division - Day 34|
Numancia 1 - Valencia 1
Pignol, Antonio, Otxoa, Graff; Pablo Sanz (Palacios 79'), Tevenet (Mario 85');
Miguel Pérez, Carlos Merino, Juanlu (Juanpa 85'); Pineda. 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Numancia: Antonio, Graff, Pablo Sanz, Carlos Merino, Pineda for Juanpa, Tarantino, Palacios, Juan Carlos Moreno, Miguel / Valencia: Caneira for Curro Torres.
Valencia moved up into the top four pending Sunday's games after a 1-1 draw at Numancia, although Antonio López's side were disappointed with a result which they expected to go in their favour. The visitors could make no inroad into a well disciplined defence though in a first half in which the only chances were a long shot off target from Carlos Merino and a couple of efforts by the Chés, a header wide by Ayala following a corner and a curling shot from Aimar just over the top of the bar.
Baraja went close after the restart with an angled shot which just brushed the foot of the far post, but López decided to make a couple of changes early in the second half, bringing on Di Vaio and also Vicente, the winger making his first appearance for several months after a serious ankle injury.
Almost immediately Di Vaio broke free on to see his shot saved by Juanma, but a few minutes later the locals took the lead, Juanlu cutting in from the left past a couple of defenders before passing in for Tevenet to shoot low past Palop. But eight minutes later referee Moreno Delgado awarded a hotly protested penalty after Graff held on to Angulo, and Vicente stepped up to drive home the spot kick. The result virtually ensures that the Soria based side will be relegated, and they could be mathematically down if Levante can pick up points on Sunday.