|First Division - Day 13|
Racing Santander 1 - Valencia 0
Pinillos, Garay, Oriol, Luis Fernández; Jorge López, Duscher,
Colsa, Oscar Serrano (Smolarek 65'); Tchite (Ayoze 76'), Munitis (Jordi 86').
Team changes: Racing: Jorge López for Smolarek / Valencia: Cañizares, Raúl Albiol, Manuel Fernandes, Vicente for Hildebrand, Marchena, Baraja, Morientes.
Valencia drop out of the Champions League spots down to sixth in the table after a 1-0 defeat at Racing Santander. The Chés had lost their four previous matches at the Sardinero stadium, and they could have been behind in the tenth minute when Tchité got free only for Cañizares to push his shot over the bar. And a few minutes later the referee turned down appeals for a penalty after a Munitis header hit David Silva's hand at point blank range.
Ronald Koeman's side had hardly troubled Toño all night, and Jorge López and Colsa both went close early in the second half. Cañizares did well to keep out Munitis a few minutes later, but a couple of minutes after that the keeper was at fault when he tried to punch clear a long shot from Jorge López (an ex Valencia man) and only ended up deflecting the ball in to the net.
Toño finally had some work to do to keep out a long shot from Villa and another effort from Caneira, but Smolarek could have increased the lead had he been able to beat Cañizares near the end. Racing had done enough though, and they move up to seventh in the table as a result.