Mar 30, 2014 at 11am UK at ​Jose Zorrilla
Real Valladolid
Manucho (6')
Rukavina (6'), Larsson (80')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Manucho wins it for Real Valladolid

Valladolid's defender Jesus Jesus Rueda celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Valladolid FC vs Villarreal CF at Jose Zorrila stadium in Valladolid on January 25, 2014
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Manucho hands Real Valladolid a 1-0 win over Almeria in La Liga.

Real Valladolid have moved out of the La Liga relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Almeria.

The home side now sit 16th in the table on 30 points, while Almeria have dropped to 17th, just one point outside of the bottom three with seven games remaining.

Valladolid led after just five minutes when former Manchester United striker Manucho finished from close range following a deep cross from Carlos Pena.

The home side had another opportunity just three minutes later, but leading scorer Javi Guerra was denied by a smart save from Esteban.

Valladolid continued to dominate in the opening 20 minutes and came close twice more through Victor Perez and Manucho, but Almeria survived once more.

Suso tried his luck for Almeria just before the half-hour mark, but his effort was high and wide of the crossbar, before Oscar Diaz flashed one wide of the post moments before the interval.

Almeria grew into the early stages of the second period and had another half-chance on 54 minutes when Aleix Vidal found space outside the box, but his effort moved just wide of the post.

The away side's challenge suffered in the latter stages, however, when Marco Torsiglieri picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon for a poor challenge on Manucho.

Moments later, Jeffren attempted an effort from distance for the home side, but it moved high and wide of the crossbar.

Daniel Larsson and Manucho both came close for Valladolid in the latter stages, but the pair could not add to the scoring as Valladolid secured all the points with a one-goal margin.

Javi Guerra of Real Valladolid CF in action during the La liga match between of Real Valladolid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid on September 21, 2013
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