First Division - Day 4

V alladolid 2 - Almería 0

Valladolid: Sergio Asenjo; Pedro López, Javi Baraja, Luis Prieto (Nano 73'), Marcos; Alvaro Rubio, Vivar Dorado; Escudero (Haris Medunjanin 64'), Víctor, Jonathan Sesma; Ogbeche (Borja 58'). 4-2-3-1.
Almería: Diego Alvés; Bruno, Carlos García, Pellerano, Acasiete; Julio Alvarez, Juanito; Juanma Ortíz (Nieto 76'), Soriano (Corona 53'), Crusat; Negredo (Natalio 65'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valladolid: Pedro López, Víctor, Ogbeche for Nano, Borja, Aguirre / Almería: Carlos García, Acasiete, Soriano, Crusat for Chico, Mané, Corona, Piatti.

1-0. 67. Alvaro. Free kick from wide on left which went past everyone in to net.
2-0. 95. Medunjanin. Picked up Dorado pass on right and lobbed ball over keeper.

Yellow cards: Prieto 30', Baraja 58', Alvaro 75', 84', Crusat 81', Carlos García 91', Haris 95' / red cards: Alvaro 84'.

Almería are out of the European spots after suffering their first defeat of the season at Valladolid. With Negredo marked out of the game by Prieto, the Andalusians were unable to create any serious chances. And the locals could have gone ahead a couple of times before the break, on both occasions Ogbeche unable to take advantage of assists by Jonathan Sesma.

Midway through the second half Alvaro Rubio did put the home side ahead though with a wide free kick which went past everyone in to the net. The visitors were unlucky to have a Natalio strike ruled out for a non-existent offside soon afterwards, but even though Alvaro was sent off for a second bookable offence, Medanjunin added a second with a delightful chip in time added on.