First Division - Day 14

Espanyol 1 - Valencia 3

Espanyol: Kameni; Zabaleta (Jofre 77'), Jarque, Lopo, David García; Juanfran, Ito (Corominas 54'), Fredson (Moisés Hurtado 54'), De la Peña; Luis García, Tamudo. 4-4-2.
Valencia: Cañizares; Miguel, Raúl Albiol, Ayala, Moretti; Albelda, Baraja; Angulo, Aimar (Fabio Aurelio 77'), Vicente (Marchena 88'); David Villa (Mista 83'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Espanyol: Lopo, David García, De la Peña, Luis García for Moisés Hurtado, Domi, Edu Costa, Corominas / Valencia: Baraja, Angulo, Aimar for Hugo Viana, Fabio Aurelio, Mista.

0-1. 15. Angulo. Got on the end of Aimar's cross to score from right of goal.
0-2. 43. David Villa. Following up after Kameni pushed out Vicente cross.
0-3. 60. Aimar. Took short pass from Villa to score on quick breakaway.
1-3. 63. Corominas. Connected with Juanfran cross to beat keeper on near post.

Valencia move up to fifth, just behind Real Madrid on goal difference, after a 1-3 win at Espanyol. The home side were looking good early on, with Juanfran in particular causing some problems for Cañizares's defence, but on the quarter hour mark the visitors took the lead when Vicente played on Aimar's centre for Angulo to score from the right of the area. After that Quique Flores's side took control, and Vicente and Aimar could both have scored before David Villa made it two, driving the ball past Kameni after the keeper could only push out Vicente's cross.

Valencia continued to dominate after the interval, and Aimar made it three after a quick breakaway with David Villa. Espanyol didn't give up though, and Corominas pulled one back almost immediately after Juanfran crossed in from the right. For a few minutes it looked as if they might even fight back to level terms, especially when Albelda was sent off for pulling down Luis García with a quarter of an hour still to go. But the Chés closed ranks and held on for a third win in a row which takes them back in contention for the European spots.