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First Division - Day 31

Espanyol 3 - Valencia 3

Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Mattioni (Javi López 76'), Colotto, Héctor Moreno, Capdevila; Forlín, Víctor Sánchez; Stuani, Verdú (Raúl Baena 84'), Wakaso; Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: Guaita; Joao Pereira, Ricardo Costa (Víctor Ruíz 39'), Mathieu, Guardado; Dani Parejo, Tino Costa (Albelda 46'); Jonas, Banega, Canales (Feghouli 77'); Soldado. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 45. Wakaso. Ran in behind defence to head Sergio García cross past Guaita.
1-1. 53. Canales. Picked up Banega through ball and turned shot under Casilla.
2-1. 82. Verdú. Volleyed shot past keeper after Wakaso headed back Sergio cross.
2-2. 87. Jonas. Fired angled shot across keeper after Soldado headed ball back.
2-3. 91. Soldado. Collected Banega pass and lifted angled shot across Casilla.
3-3. 94. Sergio García. Poked shot in off bar after Stuani headed on clearance.

Yellow cards: Ricardo Costa 23', Víctor Sánchez 61', Albelda 93' / red cards Raúl Rodríguez (on bench) 92'.

Valencia drop to sixth in the table, behind fifth placed Málaga on goal difference, after they drew 3-3 at Espanyol on Saturday evening. Soldado was pulled up for a dubious offside early on, but otherwise the Catalans had the better of the first half, with Guaita having to save from Stuani and Capdevila, and Sergio García going close a couple of times. Wakaso headed the locals in to the lead on the stroke of half time from a long Sergio García cross, but soon after the restart Canales made it all square after running on to Banega's through ball to turn a shot under Casilla. Soldado hit the post a few minutes later and Stuani had a penalty appeal turned down, and with eight minutes to go Verdú put Aguirre's team back in front after Wakaso headed back Sergio García's chipped cross. Valencia came back though with two goals in four minutes, Soldado heading a long ball for Jonas to equalise and then scoring a third himself after another Banega assist. But the "Periquitos" were not going to give up, and with the game in the last minute of injury time Stuani headed a long Casilla clearance in to the box, and Sergio García forced his way past Víctor Ruíz to poke a shot in to the net, a goal which virtually ensures Espanyol another season in the top flight.