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Valencia suffer setback, Elche stifle La Real

Published: Saturday 24 August 2013, 23.59CET
RCD Espanyol came from a goal down to defeat visitors Valencia CF 3-1, while Carlos Vela's second-half strike rescued Real Sociedad de Fútbol at promoted Elche FC.
Valencia suffer setback, Elche stifle La Real
Christian Stuani celebrates scoring Espanyol's second goal against Valencia ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 24 August 2013, 23.59CET

Valencia suffer setback, Elche stifle La Real

RCD Espanyol came from a goal down to defeat visitors Valencia CF 3-1, while Carlos Vela's second-half strike rescued Real Sociedad de Fútbol at promoted Elche FC.

Valencia CF surrendered the lead as they succumbed 3-1 to RCD Espanyol, while Real Sociedad de Fútbol needed a Carlos Vela goal to rescue them at promoted Elche FC.

Hélder Postiga (10) opened his Valencia account with a low drive, but that was as good as it got for Los Che. David López's thumping header levelled matters before half-time and Christian Stuani powered in one of his own to give Espanyol the lead shortly after the break. 

Thievy Bifouma's top-corner finish proved the nail in Valencia's coffin late on after Manuel Lanzarote had shown dazzling skill to carve out the opportunity.

Real Sociedad, meanwhile, will host Olympique Lyonnais next week in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off tie on the back of a 1-1 draw with Elche.

Elche, who on Monday began their first Liga campaign since 1988/89 with a  3-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, took the lead after 78 seconds when Coro bundled in a loose ball from a corner. Vela, however, salvaged a point for the visitors 16 minutes from time, turning in Xabi Prieto's right-wing cross.

Sociedad are poised to return to the group stage of Europe's top club competition following their 2-0 first-leg defeat of Lyon. Villarreal CF take on Real Valladolid CF in Saturday's late fixture.

Last updated: 05/09/13 17.58CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 23/10/2013 18:42 CET

24/08/2013

VillarrealVillarreal2-1ValladolidValladolid

Dos Santos 38 (P), Cani 83

Guerra 4

Venue: Castellon

24/08/2013

EspanyolEspanyol3-1ValenciaValencia

López Silva 31, Stuani 47, Bifouma 89

Hélder Postiga 10

Venue: Barcelona

24/08/2013

ElcheElche1-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Coro 2

Vela 74

Venue: Elche

23/08/2013

AthleticAthletic2-0OsasunaOsasuna

Arribas 31 (og), De Marcos 82

Venue: San Sebastian

23/08/2013

GetafeGetafe2-2AlmeríaAlmería

Lafita 32, Diego Castro 85 (P)

Rodri 30, Soriano 37

Venue: Madrid

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