Valencia: César; Miguel, David Navarro,
Alexis, Bruno; Albelda (Marchena 79'), Banega (Fernandes 73'); Joaquín,
Mata, Jordi Alba (Zigic 63'); David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kameni; Roncaglia, Nico Pareja, Forlín, Chica; Javi Márquez, Moisés Hurtado; Coro (Nakamura 60'), Verdú (Pillud 78'), Luis García; José Callejón (Marc Pedraza 91'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 92. Zigic. Ran in to head Joaquín cross wide of Kameni.
Yellow cards: Albelda 11', Forlín 29', Javi Márquez 45', Banega 49', Moisés Hurtado 61', Chica 83', Zigic 93'.
Valencia moved up ahead of Sevilla to third after a last minute victory over Espanyol in the first match of the new year. Villa tested Kameni a couple of times and then headed against the post after the restart, with Luis García wasting a good chance at the other end in between. But the game appeared to be heading for a draw until substitute Zigic ran in to head Joaquín's cross past the keeper in the second minute of injury time.