Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán, Rami,
Víctor Ruíz, Guardado; Albelda (Banega 66'), Tino Costa;
Feghouli, Jonas (Nelson Valdez 79'), Jonathan Viera (Bernat 67'); Soldado.
Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez; Víctor Sánchez, Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Víctor Alvarez; Forlín, Cristian Gómez (Sergio Tejera 70'); Sergio García, Verdú, Wakaso; Longo (Cristian Alfonso 80'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 16. Jonathan Viera. Steered angled shot past keeper from Jonas pass.
1-1. 31. Longo. Sliced shot over keeper after Verdú played across Sergio pass.
2-1. 88. Soldado (penalty). After Moreno blocked Barragán cross with his arm.
Yellow cards: Albelda 24', Jonas 30', Víctor Ruíz 42', Tino Costa 56', Guardado 59', Cristian Alvarez 64', Raúl Rodríguez 65', Forlín 69', Barragán 76', Wakaso 85' / red cards: Héctor Moreno 87', Sergio García 87'.
Valencia are up to sixth in the table pending Sunday's games after a controversial 2-1 victory over Espanyol on Saturday evening. The Ches started the better of the two, Jonas and Soldado going close before Jonas blocked a Raúl Rodríguez clearance, the ball rebounding kindly for Jonathan Viera to beat Cristian Alvarez with an angled shot. Verdú brought a good save out of Diego Alves soon afterwards though, and with half an hour gone a quick passing move down the left wing ended with Verdú turning the ball across for Longo to slice a shot over the head of the local keeper in to the net. Both keepers were in action after the interval, Alves saving from Sergio García and Wakaso, and Alvarez keeping out Tino Costa and Jonas. However the locals were awarded a late penalty after the referee ruled that Barragán's cross hit Héctor Moreno on the arm, and Moreno and Sergio García were both sent off for insulting the officials in the ensuing protests. Soldado kept his cool though to convert the spot kick and hand the Catalans a defeat which sends them back to the bottom of the table.