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Spanish Primera BBVA

Estadi Cornella-El Prat (ATT 14,678) 27th April 2014 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez

Espanyol Espanyol vs Almeria Almeria

Espanyol 1

C Stuani (42, S/O 49)
Javi Lopez (S/O 90+2)

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Almeria 2

J Fran Velez (69)
Suso (72)

Almeria claim vital win

Last Updated: 27/04/14 1:25pm

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Suso found the net on Sunday

Suso found the net on Sunday

Almeria gave their survival hopes a big boost on Sunday by ending a run of four straight defeats with a come-from-behind 2-1 Primera Division victory at nine-man Espanyol.

Christian Stuani put the mid-table hosts ahead just before the interval, but his dismissal shortly after the break was the catalyst for the visitors to turn the game on its head.

Fran Velez equalised in the 69th minute and, three minutes later, substitute Suso produced a stunning left-footed free-kick to lift Francisco's side up a place to 18th and within two points of fourth-bottom Getafe with three games remaining.

Javi Lopez was sent off in stoppage time to add to Espanyol's disappointing afternoon.

Chances were few and far between in a cagey opening at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat.

Jhon Cordoba nodded Simao Sabrosa's header just wide and Sergio Garcia sent a close-range shot a similar way for the hosts, while the most the visitors could muster was a long-range attempt from Ramon Azeez which was too high to trouble Francisco Casilla.

The deadlock was broken three minutes before half-time, however, when Stuani's header from Sergio Garcia's left-wing cross found the bottom corner.

Almeria almost got back on level terms before the interval when Angel Trujillo met Miguel Angel Corona's free-kick, but his header drifted just wide.

Stuani went from hero to villain three minutes after the interval when he was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Velez.

And the 10 men were soon made to pay for their numerical inferiority as they conceded two quickfire goals.

First Corona produced the inswinging corner from the left towards Velez, whose header found the top-left corner.

And then, before Espanyol could regroup, Suso stepped up and despatched a brilliant 25-yard free-kick into the top-right corner to put Almeria ahead.

The Barcelona outfit could find no way back, and their woes were compounded in stoppage time by a red card for Javi Lopez for a professional foul on Jonathan Zongo.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25