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First Division - Day 20

Espanyol 3 - Mallorca 2

Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Colotto, Héctor Moreno, Capdevila; Forlín, Raúl Baena; Rui Fonte (Longo 46'), Verdú (Cristian Alfonso 85'), Simao; Sergio García (Sergio Tejera 90'). 4-2-3-1.
Mallorca: Aouate (Rubén Miño 61'); Nsue, Nunes, Geromel (Hemed 88'), Kevin García (Hemed 71'); Tomás Pina, Javi Márquez (Martí 78'); Pereira, Giovani, Luna; Víctor Casadesús. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 16. Simao. Curled long free kick over defensive wall and in off near post.
1-1. 35. Giovani. Picked up Moreno back header and ran on to beat Casilla.
1-2. 42. Javi Márquez. Fired long shot past keeper after corner came back out.
2-2. 68. Verdú (penalty). After Nunes brought down Longo in the penalty area.
3-2. 83. Raúl Baena. Turned ball past Miño after Capdevila shot deflected to him.

Yellow cards: Verdú 27', Forlín 38', Luna 44', 80', Hemed 80', Tejera 93', Casilla 94' / red cards: Luna 80' .

Espanyol's improvement under Javier Aguirre continues, and they moved four points clear of the relegation spots after beating fellow strugglers Mallorca 3-2 on Friday evening. Simao put the Catalans in front with a long free kick which went in off the post on the quarter hour mark. But by half time the islanders had turned the scoreline around, Héctor Moreno only managing to head a long clearance back for Giovani to run on and beat Casilla from the right of the area, and Javi Márquez scoring the second against his old side after a corner came back out to him. However Verdú levelled it once again from the penalty spot after Nunes fell in to the path of Longo, and after Luna was sent off, Raúl Baena got the winner after a shot by Capdevila came off a defender to him. With the game coming to a close substitute keeper Rubén Miño made a good save from Longo, and Hemed could have saved a point for the visitors when he turned Martí's free kick wide in front of goal. The defeat leaves Mallorca further down in the drop zone though having only picked up six points from their last fifteen games.