Mar 7, 2016 at 7.30pm UK at ​Estadi Cornellà-El Prat
Rayo Vallecano
Abraham (12'), Perez (77')
Sanchez (24'), Lopez (81'), Diop (89'), Gonzalez (91')
Sanchez (89')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Bebe (67')
Angel Crespo (15'), Embarba (31'), Baena (70')

Result: Hernan Perez stunner earns Espanyol the points

Espanyol boost their survival chances by defeating fellow strugglers Rayo Vallecano 2-1 in Barcelona tonight.

Ten-man Espanyol put a five-point gap between themselves and fellow strugglers Rayo Vallecano thanks to a 2-1 victory at the Estadi Cornella El Prat this evening.

Former Manchester United winger Bebe's strike in the 67th minute looked to have earned the visitors a point, but a volley from Hernan Perez 10 minutes later secured a crucial win for Constantin Galca's men.

There was 12 minutes on the clock when after a period of sustained pressure the home side broke the deadlock.

Marco Asensio got to the right byline and cut the ball back for Abraham, who darted towards the near post in time to squeeze his shot underneath Yoel Rodriguez in the away goal.

Victor Sanchez, Burgui, Gerard Moreno and Asensio all had opportunities to make it 2-0 as the game wore on, but Rodriguez was on hand to deny each of them.

Those failings in front of goal were then duly punished as Bebe cut inside from the left and fired his effort beyond the reach of Lopez Sabata Pau.

However, parity did not last for long as Perez sent his cleanly-struck volley into the top left-hand corner of the net.

As the match ticked towards stoppage time Espanyol's Sanchez was handed his marching orders for a second bookable offence, but that did nothing to alter the scoreline.

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Espanyol's defender Alvaro Gonzalez (L) celebrates a goal next to teammate Espanyol's midfielder Victor Sanchez during the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol vs Valencia CF at the Power8 stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on September 22, 2015.
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