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Spanish Primera BBVA

Estadi Cornella-El Prat (ATT 27,000) 24th August 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: C Velasco Carballo

Espanyol Espanyol vs Valencia Valencia

Espanyol 3

David Lopez (31)
C Stuani (47)
Thievy (89)

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Valencia 1

H Postiga (9)

Easy for Espanyol

Last Updated: 24/08/13 11:26pm

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Christian Stuani helped Espanyol to victory

Christian Stuani helped Espanyol to victory

Espanyol came from behind to take all three points at home to Valencia and record their first win of the league season.

Helder Postiga scored his first goal for Los Che after 10 minutes, but Espanyol responded with headed goals from David Lopez and Christian Stuani to take a deserved lead, which they never really looked in danger of surrendering, before substitute Thievy Bifouma made sure of the points in the 89th minute.

The hosts made the brighter start, and Simao Sabrosa could have given them the lead with less than a minute gone when he met a cross from Pizzi, but mishit the ball and sent it just wide of goal.

Pizzi caused further danger five minutes later on the flank, but his cross just escaped the grasp of Stuani. It was then Diego Colotto's turn to squander a chance, failing to aim a header on target.

Despite the hosts' early dominance, it was the visitors who took the lead.

Jonas received the ball from Adil Rami with his back to goal, took it on the chest and played in Postiga, who made no mistake.

Javier Aguirre's side did not allow themselves to become disheartened by going behind, however, and kept pushing for a goal of their own.

Sergio Garcia almost levelled from a header after a cross from Simao, but directed the ball lost wide of the far post.

A few minutes later Lopez got the goal the hosts deserved, losing his marker Jeremy Mathieu - who had a torrid time playing at left-back - to head the ball in at the near post from a corner from Simao.

However, the former Portugal international was fortunate to remain on the pitch after elbowing Rami in the face shortly before the break.

Espanyol took the lead moments after the re-start, again taking advantage of lacklustre defending from Valencia at set pieces. This time it was Juan Rafael Fuentes who hooked the ball in, from a free-kick, and Stuani rose high above the defence to head the ball right into the top corner.

Valencia's best chance to equalise fell to Banega, who ran onto an exquisite pass by Jonas, but the Argentinian was unable to keep his shot down as he faced pressure from an Espanyol defender.

With time running out for Miroslav Djukic's side, who never found their rhythm, Thievy killed off the tie by finishing a brilliant move that he had started.

The Frenchman, who had replaced Sergio Garcia on 72 minutes, picked up the ball in space in Valencia's half, beat two defenders and switched to fellow substitute Manu Lanzarote on the right hand side of the box. Lanzarote outfoxed Guardado and Javi Fuego before cutting the ball back to Thievy, who lashed it into the far corner.

Aguirre's side remain unbeaten, while Djukic tasted defeat for the first time as Valencia boss.

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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