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First Division - Day 17

Valencia 2 - Espanyol 1

Valencia: Guaita; Miguel (Bruno 80'), Stankevicius, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu; Maduro, Mehmet Topal (Banega 67'); Joaquín (Vicente 58'), Mata, Pablo Hernández; Aduríz. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kameni; Chica, Jordi Amat, Forlín, Didac; Raúl Baena, Javi Márquez (Dátolo 65'); Luis García, Verdú, Callejón (Sergio García 80'); Osvaldo (Alvaro Vázquez 15'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 29. Aduríz. Got above defence to head Joaquín's corner past Kameni.
1-1. 45. Ricardo Costa (own goal). Headed Callejón's cross past own keeper.
2-1. 92. Mata. Far post header in to net after Ricardo Costa headed ball across.

Yellow cards: Forlín 31', Didac 38', Ricardo Costa 53', Topal 65', Dátolo 66' / red cards: Aduríz 60'.

Valencia consolidated fourth spot with a last minute 2-1 victory over fifth placed Espanyol on Sunday evening. The two sides started the match level on points, but the locals started well with Aduríz firing a shot across goal and having a penalty claim turned down after he was felled by Kameni. With just under half an hour gone the striker opened the scoring with a header from Joaquín's corner, but with the first half coming to end the visitors equalised when Ricardo Costa headed Callejón's cross past his own keeper. The locals were left with ten men on the hour mark when Aduríz was sent off for catching Chica with his elbow, but other than a shot from Callejón which Guaita kept out the Catalans didn't look like scoring. The game appeared to be heading for a draw though until Ricardo Costa headed over a last minute cross from Pablo, and Mata headed the ball in to the net from what looked like an offside position.