|First Division - Day 12|
Espanyol 2 - Mallorca 0
Moisés Hurtado, Jarque, Lopo, David García; Ito, De la
Peña, Juanfran (Corominas 64'), Luis García (Fredson 86'), Riera
(Edu Costa 72'); Tamudo. 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Espanyol: Moisés Hurtado for Pochettino / Mallorca: Fernando Navarro, Borja for Maciel, Pereyra.
Espanyol climbed away from the relegation spots after a 2-0 win over Mallorca, the first time they have taken the three points since they beat Real Madrid over two months ago. The visitors had taken seven points from their last three games, but they were outclassed by their hosts who could have opened the scoring had Tamudo been able to get on the end of a De la Peña free kick and another dangerous cross from Luis García.
The Balearic Islanders only really troubled Kameni with a long shot from Borja, and five minutes before the break referee Mejuto González ruled that Iuliano had fouled Luis García in the area, allowing Tamudo to score his first league goal since May from the penalty spot. And just a couple of minutes later Luis García made it two after De la Peña set him up, the ex Mallorca forward not celebrating the goal out of respect for his old club.
Cúper brought on extra forwards as the game progressed, with Okubo replacing defender Iuliano on the hour mark and Yordi and Campano coming on a few minutes later. But Kameni was a mere spectator in the second half, and an active Luis García could have increased the lead on more than one occasion. With five minutes to go Mejuto upset the visitors once again when he showed a second yellow card to Doni for protesting, but by then the game was over. It was a welcome relief for Lotina, who had been under pressure once again to get a result.