First Division - Day 25

Murcia 0 - Valladolid 1

Murcia: Notario; David De Coz, César Arzo, Mejía, Peña; Rosinei (Jofre 59'), Pablo García, Richi, Abel; Baiano (Iván Alonso 71'), Goitom (Iñigo 46'). 4-4-2.
Valladolid: Sergio Asenjo; Cifuentes, Iñaki Bea, García Calvo, Marcos; Alvaro Rubio, Borja (Javier Baraja 90'); Aguirre (Oscar Sánchez 82'), Vivar Dorado, Jonathan Sesma; Llorente (Sisi 74'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Murcia: Mejía, Peña, Rosinei, Abel, Baiano for Cuadrado, Marañon, De Lucas, Regueiro, Iván Alonso / Valladolid: Cifuentes, Iñaki Bea, Aguirre, Vivar Dorado for Pedro López, Rafa, Sisi, Víctor.

0-1. 41. Llorente. Fired shot past Notario after Sesma headed back Borja cross.

Murcia drop deeper into the relegation zone after losing 0-1 to Valladolid, and coach Lucas Alcaraz could be on his way out when the board meet later this week. His side have only picked up one point now from seven games, and they were beaten again thanks to a goal from Llorente four minutes before the break, the striker volleying a shot past Notario after Jonathan Sesma headed back a cross from Borja.

Up to that point only Goitom had tested either keeper, and he was replaced by Iñigo at the break. The locals could have equalised when a long cross from Peña bounced off the bar, but they were unable to create further chances in the rainy conditions. The visitors almost went further ahead when Llorente was unable to beat Notario later on, but they had already done enough for a win which takes them up to eleventh in the table.

Murcia ended the match six points from safety having only picked up one point from seven games. The local fans chanted "Lucas, vete ya!" as the white handkerchiefs fluttered around the ground. They may get their wish soon, but it would take the Wizard of Oz to stop them from returning to the second division at the end of the season.