First Division - Day 18

Espanyol 2 - Almería 2

Espanyol: Kameni; Sergio Sánchez, Jarque, Pareja, Chica; Moisés Hurtado, Angel (Román Martínez 46'); Rufete (Jonathan Soriano 82'), Coro (José Callejón 69'), Nené; Luis García. 4-2-3-1.
Almería: Diego Alvés; Bruno, Chico, Pellerano, Mané; Juanito (Iriney 13'), Soriano; Juanma Ortíz, Corona (José Ortíz 71'), Crusat; Kalu Uche. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Espanyol: No change / Almería: Chico, Juanito, Kalu Uche for Carlos García, Julio Alvarez, Negredo.

0-1. 04. Kalu Uche. Got ahead of defence to head Mané's free kick in to net.
0-2. 54. Kalu Uche. Ran on to Crusat's pass and fired shot wide of Kameni.
1-2. 62. Román Martínez. Following up after keeper saved header from Pareja.
2-2. 94. Pareja. Curled free kick over defensive wall inside keeper's near post.

Yellow cards: Sergio Sánchez 57, Chico 65', Pareja 69', Hurtado 77', Chica 89'', Bruno 92', Jarque 93'.

Down in the lower reaches of the table, Espanyol stay in the relegation spots after drawing 2-2 with Almería. Kalu Uche scored twice at the beginning of the first and second halves to give Hugo Sánchez's side a two goal lead.

But Diego Alves had to be at his best to save from Román, and Pellerano headed a Luis García free kick off the line before Román got one back on the hour mark.

Uche almost completed his hat-trick when he rounded Kameni outside of the area, Chica clearing his wide shot off the line.

And in the fourth minute of injury time Nico Pareja saved a point, beating the keeper with a well struck free kick. Espanyol have still not won in the last two months, but this was like a victory for Mané's side.