Valencia: César; Raúl Albiol,
Marchena, Alexis, Moretti; Albelda, Baraja (Pablo Hernández 60'); David
Silva, Edu (Michel 66'), Vicente (Morientes 74'); Mata. 4-2-3-1.
Recreativo: Riesgo; Alain Nef, Iago Bouzón, Morris, Casado; Barber; Camuñas (Akalé 89'), Jesús Vázquez, Javi Fuego (Nayar 71'), Aitor (Maidana 86'); Adrián Colunga. 4-1-4-1.
Team changes: Valencia: Albelda, Baraja, David Silva, Edu for Maduro, Manuel Fernandes, Joaquín, Michel / Recreativo: Alain Nef for Lamas.
Goals: 0-1. 55. Camuñas. Ran on to Colunga return pass and poked shot past César. 1-1. 83. Pablo. Cut past marker on right of area and lobbed shot over Riesgo.
Yellow cards: Baraja 14', Marchena 17', 73', Barber 22', Albelda 60', Colunga 64', Nayar 82' / red cards: Marchena 73'.
Valencia's season is going from bad to worse, and they lost more ground on the European spots after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Recreativo. With Villa out injured, Mata was playing centre forward, and he shot just wide early on. That was about it for the hosts in the first half, and Recre could have scored when Colunga hit the post shortly before half time.
The visitors did go ahead though a few minutes after the restart, Camuñas getting to Colunga's return pass before a couple of defenders to poke the ball past César. Valencia came close to equalising, Pablo Hernández hitting the bar with a long cross and Silva in particular failing to beat Riesgo a couple of times.
With fifteen minutes to go the Ches were left with ten men after Marchena picked up a second booking, but soon afterwards Pablo Hernández ran on to a return pass down the right of the area and chipped an angled shot over the head of the keeper to level the scores. Morientes and Colunga both wasted easy chances after that, but a draw was probably a fair result in the end.