Espanyol vs Valencia 0-2
Valencia maintained their pursuit to claim an eighth consecutive win in La Liga and move back to within 4 points of leaders Barcelona.
Marcelino surprisingly left top scorer Simone Zaza and on-loan Paris Saint-Germain forward Goncalo Guedes on the bench and that decision nearly backfired as Valencia struggled to gain a foothold in the first hour.
Gerard Moreno and Sergi Darder both struck the post for the hosts in a six-minute spell just before half-time.
Marcelino's frustrations had seen him sent off following a confrontation with referee Alejandro Hernandez, but as he was making his way to the stand, Geoffrey Kondogbia curled in a superb opener.
Seven minutes from time, Santi Mina pounced on a defensive error to slot in the second of the match and seal the points for Valencia.
The result sets the stage perfectly for next Sunday, when Valencia host Barcelona.