Valencia made it back-to-back wins on Saturday as they narrowly got the better of Espanyol in a 1-0 victory at Cornella-El Prat.
Espanyol’s top goalscorer, Gerard Moreno, had an early shot from close range saved by Jaume Domenech, before Marc Navarro sent a free header over.
Not for the first time, poor finishing was to be the Catalans’ Achilles heel as Los Che hit back through Simone Zaza, who smacked over from a few yards out.
Jaume did have to parry Jose Manuel Jurado’s half-volley and pray that Felipe Caicedo’s rebound was blocked by a teammate, but Jose Luis Gaya decided the game, angling a drive into Diego Lopez’s bottom-right corner.
Diego Reyes could’ve equalised for Espanyol, but the defender slid his shot over, leaving his side at risk of dropping to 10th. Los Che, on the other hand, move up to 11th.