Mallorca stun Valencia in Spanish La Liga

Ante Budimir (L) and teammate Antonio Raillo (R) have sealed a 4-1 win for Mallorca over Valencia.
Ante Budimir (L) and teammate Antonio Raillo (R) have sealed a 4-1 win for Mallorca over Valencia.

Croatian striker Ante Budimir has scored twice as Mallorca moved out of the relegation zone with a 4-1 win against 10-man Valencia in the Spanish La Liga.

It was Mallorca's first win in seven rounds and their biggest victory since they were promoted to the first division this season.

Defender Antonio Raillo opened the scoring for Mallorca in the seventh minute by heading in a cross from Salva Sevilla.

Budimir steered in another goal in the 22nd before capping a Mallorca buildup of one-touch passes in the 41st for a 3-0 lead.

Valencia's Dani Parejo was sent off for a second booking in the 51st before Mallorca's Dani Rodriguez struck from long range in the 79th.

Ferran Torres got Valencia's consolation goal three minutes later.

Valencia are in seventh place after their first loss in six rounds.

Meanwhile, Espanyol hung on for a 2-1 win at Villarreal and ended a run of nine rounds without a victory that dated back to October.

David Lopez and new signing Raul de Tomas, who made his league debut, scored with headers for Espanyol. Santiago Cazorla converted a penalty for Villarreal.

Espanyol remain in last place but climbed to within four points of safety after a second consecutive match taking points under new coach Abelardo Fernandez.

Mid-table Real Betis beat Real Sociedad 3-0 at home thanks to goals by Borja Iglesias, Joaquin Sanchez, and Sergio Canales.

The loss left Sociedad in sixth place, right behind Getafe.

Later, coach Quique Setien debuts for Barcelona as they hosts Granada, while Celta Vigo visit Athletic Bilbao.

Australian Associated Press