Espanyol and Valencia play six-goal thriller

Chance to move into Champions League spot is snatched in an amazing last-kick finish to game

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 April, 2013, 4:55am


Valencia missed the chance to move into fourth place in La Liga as Sergio Garcia's 94th minute goal salvaged a 3-3 draw for Espanyol in a crazy finale in Barcelona.

Mubarak Wakaso had given the hosts a deserved lead in first-half stoppage time, but Valencia improved greatly after the break and were level eight minutes after the restart when Ever Banega released Sergio Canales to score his first goal of the season.

Joan Verdu then restored Espanyol's advantage nine minutes from time, but Valencia had appeared to have snatched all three points when two goals in four minutes from Jonas and Roberto Soldado handed them the lead for the first time in stoppage time.

Yet, with the last kick of the game Garcia outmuscled Victor Ruiz and lifted the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle to secure the hosts a point.

"It feels like a defeat," Valencia boss Ernesto Valverde said. "There is still a lot left to play for. It is more complicated when you think that if we had won, we could have been fourth and now we are not.

"But we have games against those around us to come and I believe the team will pick up a good number of points."

A victory for Valverde's men would have moved them, at least temporarily, into the final Champions League place.

Elsewhere, Malaga recovered from their elimination from the Champions League as Julio Baptista's goal deep into injury time gave them a deserved 1-0 win over Osasuna.

Deportivo La Coruna moved out of the relegation zone for the first time since December as they won 4-0 at Levante.

Juan Carlos Valeron, Pizzi and Nelson Oliveira put the visitors 3-0 up before half-time before Bruno Gama put the seal on a fourth consecutive victory.

And Valladolid all but sealed their place in the top-flight for another season as they came from behind to beat Getafe 2-1.