Espanyol: Kameni; Roncaglia, Víctor
Ruíz, Nico Pareja, Chica; Javi Márquez, Moisés Hurtado;
José Callejón (Sahar 87'), Verdú (Raúl Baena 87'),
Luis García (Coro 57'); Iván Alonso. 4-2-3-1.
Almería: Diego Alves; Michel Macedo, Chico, Acasiete, Cisma (José Ortíz 78'); Bernadello (Goitom 64'), M'bami; Juanma Ortíz, Soriano, Piatti (Nieto 78'); Kalu Uche. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 45. Javi Márquez. Turned Verdú's long cross past Diego Alves on near post.
2-0. 81. Coro. Drove ball into far corner after keeper failed to hold Márquez shot.
Yellow cards: Roncaglia 31', Piatti 42', Luis García 45', Cisma 45', Soriano 59', Iván Alonso 87'.
Espanyol clocked up their first victory in two months, beating Almería 2-0 to move away from the danger zone. The Catalans had not scored in over 500 minutes, but they went ahead on the stroke of half time when the home-grown Javi Márquez turned in Verdú's cross. And with ten minutes to go Márquez fired in a shot which Diego Alves couldn't hold, and Coro drove in the rebound. Almería have only picked up four points in their last eight games, and coach Hugo Sánchez suffered the consequences when he was fired shortly after the match ended.