First Division - Day 22

Getafe 0 - Espanyol 1

Getafe: Pato Abbondanzieri; David Cortés, Belenguer (Kepa 78'), Cata Díaz, Licht; Celestini, De la Red (Casquero 71'); Pablo Hernández, Albín (Braulio 61'), Gavilán; Manu del Moral. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Casilla; Zabaleta, Lacruz, Torrejón, David García (Chica 37'); Rufete, Moisés Hurtado, De la Peña, Valdo (Riera 76'); Luis García, Jonathan Soriano (Angel Martínez 65'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Getafe: David Cortés, Gavilán for Contra, Granero / Espanyol: Rufete, Moisés Hurtado, De la Peña for Angel Martínez, Lola, Riera.

0-1. 17. Jonathan Soriano. Ran on to Rufete cross to steer shot wide of Pato.

Espanyol moved back up to third in the table after a 0-1 victory at Getafe late on Sunday evening. Valverde opted to leave new signing Ewerthon on the bench and play Jonathan Soriano up front in place of the injured Tamudo. And the young striker staked his claim for a place when he turned in Rufete's cross with just over a quarter of an hour gone to open the scoring.

Pato tipped a shot from Valdo onto the bar and over a few minutes later, and a shot from Rufete was deflected for a corner. But after that the home side recovered. Casilla saving from De la Red and Manu heading wide before the break.

Getafe continued to push for the equaliser after the restart, and it was difficult to see how they didn't score when Casilla pushed a shot from Gavilán onto the bar and De la Red and Pablo both had follow up shots blocked. Casilla pushed another effort on to the bar soon afterwards, and Gavilán had a penalty appeal turned down. But Espanyol had the victory, putting an end to a run of three defeats in a row.