First Division - Day 34

Mallorca 3 - Espanyol 2

Mallorca: Moya; David Cortés, Iuliano, Ballesteros, Poli; Farinos, Pereyra (Arango 65'); Campano, Víctor, Tuni (Marcos 79'); Luis García (Correa 72'). 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kameni; Jarque, Lopo, Pochettino, Ibarra (Oscar Serrano 79'); Soldevilla, Alex Fernández; Maxi, De la Peña (Fredson 63'), Amavisca (Corominas 60'); Tamudo. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Mallorca: Pereyra for De los Santos / Espanyol: Lopo, Ibarra, Soldevilla, Amavisca for David García, Domi, Ito, Dani.

0-1. 10. Ibarra. Collected corner from left and fired shot wide of Moyà.
1-1. 50. Campano. Controlled Tuni cross on chest and fired ball in on far post.
2-1. 70. Arango. Took pass from Víctor and lobbed Kameni from outside of area.
3-1. 80. Campano. Low shot on far post after Arango cross headed on.
3-2. 91. Maxi. Connected with Tamudo cross to sweep ball wide of keeper.

Espanyol dropped out of the Champions League positions down to sixth after losing 3-2 at Mallorca, a result which gives the Islanders hope of staying up. The visitors were hoping to avenge the defeat last season which almost cost them their place in the first division, and despite losing Ito to an injury during the warm up session they took an early lead when Hugo Ibarra beat Moyà following an Amavisca corner. And they could have gone two up soon afterwards when Tamudo beat the keeper only to see his lob bounce off the crossbar.

Héctor Cúper's side were fighting for survival though, and Pereyra came close to equalising when he headed against the bar shortly before the interval. Five minutes after the restart Campano did level the scores after collecting Tuni's cross before shooting into the roof of the net past Kameni, and three minutes later Espanyol were left with ten men when referee Ramírez Domínguez sent off Lopo for what his linesman felt was a blow to the face of Luis García.

With twenty five minutes to go Cúper brought on Arango for his first appearance since breaking his cheekbone in that much televised clash with Sevilla's Javi Navarro, and within six minutes he crashed home a goal from outside of the area. The Catalans were reeling, and Campano made it three with nother strike from the left of Kameni's goal after Arango's cross was headed on. Maxi got a late strike for Lotina's side, sweeping him a lofted cross from Tamudo to set up a nervous last few minutes for the home fans. But they held on, and Levante's defeat means they are now only four points behind the Valencia based side.