First Division - Day 1

Espanyol 1 - Recreativo Huelva 2

Espanyol: Casilla; Chica, Lacruz (Jarque 46'), Torrejón, Clemente; Rufete, Moisés Hurtado (Lola 22'), De la Peña, Riera; Luis García, Jonathan Soriano (Ewerthon 10'). 4-4-2.
Recreativo: Sorrentino; Edu Moya, Beto, Martín Cáceres, Poli; Carlos Martins (Barber 90'), Jesús Vázquez; Varela (Gerard 69'), Camuñas, Aitor; Sinama-Pongolle (Marco Rubén 78'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Espanyol: Chica, Clemente, Riera for Zabaleta, David García, Valdo / Recreativo: Beto, Carlos Martins, Varela for Iago Bouzón, Barber, Javi Guerrero.

0-1. 17. Sinama-Pongolle. Beat keeper with shot on the turn from inside area.
0-2. 25. Sinama-Pongolle. Connected with Poli cross to shoot in off post.
1-2. 39. Ewerthon. Turned ball in after Riera headed on Luis García corner.

Espanyol drop out of the top four after a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Recreativo. B team coach Manolo Zambrano was in charge of the Andalusians for the first time after Víctor Muñoz was fired midweek, and he saw Sinama-Pongolle hit the post before scoring two times in an eight minute period in the first half, the first after picking up a headed pass to beat Casilla with a shot on the turn, and the second after connecting with Poli's cross. And the French striker could have completed his hat-trick when he shot over with only the keeper to beat ten minutes later.

Injuries to Jonathan, Moisés and Lacruz meant that Valverde had used up all his substitutes by the interval, but new signing Ewerthon came on to get one back after Riera headed on a Luis García corner shortly before half time. Aitor hit the post again before the break, and after the restart Riera fired a shot against the bar, Rufete failing to turn in the rebound. Recre held on for the three points though which takes them above Deportivo and out of the relegation zone.