First Division - Day 20

Valladolid 1 - Almería 1

Valladolid: Justo Villar; Pedro López, Luis Prieto, César Arzo, Marcos (Marquitos 56'); Nauzet (Mendunjanin 71'), Alvaro Rubio (Carlos Lázaro 30'), Pelé, Canobbio; Diego Costa, Manucho. 4-4-2.
Almería: Diego Alves; Michel Macedo, Chico, Pellerano, Cisma; Bernadello, M'bami; Corona (Juanma Ortíz 89'), Soriano, Crusat (Nieto 81'); Goitom (Piatti 67'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 12. Crusat. Got on the end of Goitom's cross to turn shot wide of Villar.
1-1. 81. César Arzo. Glancing header wide of keeper from Mendunjanin free kick.

Yellow cards: Soriano 22', Manucho 25', Pellerano 32', Luis Prieto 45', Canobbio 66', Diego Costa 90' / red cards: Manucho 37', Mendilibar 77'.

Valladolid drew 1-1 with Almería on Sunday, but with his side only a point above the drop zone local coach Medilibar was fired not long after the game ended. Crusat put the visitors ahead in the twelfth minute, steering a shot past Justo Villar after Goitom crossed in from the right. And things got worse for the locals when Manucho was sent off shortly before half time after catching an opponent with a flying elbow.

Piatti missed a couple of chances to extend the lead soon after the restart, and the unfortunate Mendilibar was shown a red card himself for protesting. But with ten minutes to go César Arzo at least saved a point for the hosts with a glancing header from Mendunjanin's free kick. Mendilibar's replacement will be B team coach Onésimo Sánchez.