Goals: Valencia – Espanyol – Played on 05/ 28/ 2023


Cruel Fate: Espanyol Relegated from LaLiga after 2-2 Draw with Valencia

In a heartbreaking finale to their La Liga campaign, Espanyol suffered relegation after a 2-2 draw against Valencia. The match at Mestalla Stadium proved decisive, as Espanyol needed a victory to have any hope of survival. However, a last-minute equalizing goal shattered their dreams and condemned them to the drop. Both teams were in desperate need of points, with Valencia also fighting for survival. Despite Espanyol’s valiant efforts, the draw was not enough to secure their La Liga status.


Valencia’s Early Dominance and Injury Blow:

Valencia started the game strongly, with Justin Kluivert coming close to scoring, although he was flagged offside. The hosts had a golden opportunity through Lato, but he fired wide and picked up an injury in the process. Just before halftime, Diego López opened the scoring for Valencia, putting Espanyol in a precarious position.

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Espanyol’s Immediate Response:

Espanyol displayed resilience and responded swiftly. Cesar Montes rose above the defense to head home the equalizer, marking his second goal in as many matches. The timely equalizer provided a glimmer of hope for Espanyol as they headed into the halftime break.

Braithwaite’s Impact and Controversial Disallowed Goal:

With the second half underway, Martin Braithwaite was introduced as a substitute. He wasted no time in making an impact, scoring just four minutes after coming on and giving Espanyol a precious lead. As the game intensified, Espanyol had another chance to extend their advantage through Montes, but the goal was disallowed due to a foul on the goalkeeper, despite protests that it should have stood.


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Valencia’s Heartbreaking Injury-Time Equalizer:

As the clock ticked down, Valencia pushed forward relentlessly in search of an equalizer. In injury time, they found their breakthrough, and S. Lino scored the crucial goal that sealed Espanyol’s fate. The draw, combined with results elsewhere, confirmed Espanyol’s relegation from La Liga.


Espanyol’s journey in La Liga ended in disappointment as they were relegated following the 2-2 draw against Valencia. Despite their best efforts and a valiant fight throughout the season, they fell short of the points needed to secure their top-flight status. The match at Mestalla Stadium will be remembered as the cruel moment when Espanyol’s fate was sealed. It is a bitter pill to swallow for the club and its fans, but they will look to regroup and aim for a swift return to La Liga in the future.

Match Details:

Teams: Valencia and RCD Espanyol
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano
Goals: Diego Lopez (38′), C. Montes (41′), Braithwaite (50′), S. Lino (90 + 3′)
Bookings: C. Montes (12′), Óscar Gil (37′), Aleix V.C. (90″), Braithwaite (90 + 2″)
Attendance: 44,141 spectators


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