First Division - Day 35

Mallorca 0 - Valencia 1

Mallorca: Moyà; Héctor, Ballesteros, Nunes, Fernando Navarro; Pereyra, Basinas; Varela (Jankovic 73'), Ibagaza, Jonás Gutiérrez; Arango (Víctor 78'). 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: Cañizares; Miguel, Ayala, Raúl Albiol, Moretti; Marchena, Albelda (Baraja 68'); Joaquín, Angulo (Gavilán 60'), David Silva (Jorge López 83'); David Villa. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Mallorca: Basinas for Víctor / Valencia: No change.

0-1. 90. Joaquín. Turned shot wide of Moyà after Jorge López played on Villa pass.

Valencia made sure that this season's title will be a four-way race after a late 0-1 victory over Mallorca on Saturday evening. Both sides came in to this fixture on form, the locals having won their last four matches and having notched up a record maximum points in their last seven home games, and the visitors with nine points out of nine. They cancelled each other out in the first half though, the only chances a header wide from Ayala and a shot from Angulo which Moyà saved without too many problems.

The second half got off to a lively start though, Jonás firing a shot over the top, Angulo bringing another good save out of Moyà and Cañizares keeping out Ibagaza. Moyà saved again from Villa and substitute Jankovic drove a long free kick wide and then curled another shot against the crossbar. A draw seemed to be on the cards though until the last minute, when Jorge López turned Villa's cross into the path of Joaquín with a clever back-heel, allowing the winger to poke a shot past the keeper and in to the net. Valencia had laid down the gauntlet to the top three, and Mallorca's hopes of European football now appear very remote.