Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán (Bruno
46'), Rami, Dealbert, Jordi Alba; Mehmet Topal, Tino Costa; Pablo
Hernández, Piatti (Jonas 64'), Mathieu; Aduríz (Soldado 76').
Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez; Galán (Rui Fonte 61'), Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Didac; Forlín, Cristian Gómez (Raúl Baena 76'); Weiss, Verdú, Thievy; Alvaro Vázquez. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 06. Tino Costa (penalty). After Didac pulled back Dealbert inside penalty area.
1-1. 69. Héctor Moreno. Collected Thievy cross and poked shot past Diego Alves.
2-1. 80. Soldado. Angled near post header across keeper from Tino Costa corner.
Yellow cards: Didac 05', Barragán 17', Rami 31', Tino Costa 41', Weiss 43', Galán 52', Topal 56', Pablo 63', Jordi Alba 82', Raúl Rodríguez 86'.
Valencia are not ruling themselves out of the running for the league title just yet, and they stay four points behind Barcelona (with a game in hand) after beating Espanyol 2-1. The Ches took the lead early on with a hotly disputed penalty after Didac pulled back Dealbert in the area, Tino Costa converting the spot kick. Alvaro Vázquez and Aduríz brought good saves out of Diego Alves and Cristian Alvarez later in the first half, and Verdú went close with a couple of free kicks after the restart, but midway through the second half Héctor Moreno equalised following a cross in from Thievy. Up to that point Emery had been holding back some of his key players for Tuesday night's deciding Champions League clash at Chelsea, but with a quarter of an hour to go he decided to bring on Soldado, who almost immediately got on the end of a Tino Costa corner to head the winner. A confidence booster, and now they have to concentrate on Tuesday night's game.