Wu Lei becomes first Chinese player to score in La Liga

In his fifth appearance for Espanyol, Wu Lei earned a slice of La Liga history by becoming the first Chinese player to score in the division.

Espanyol striker Wu Lei became the first Chinese player to score in La Liga.   -  Getty Images

Wu Lei became the first Chinese player to score a goal in La Liga as Espanyol overcame Real Valladolid 3-1 at RCDE Stadium on Saturday.

China international Wu latched onto a pass from Sergi Darder and swept past Diego Lopez into the bottom-left corner to seal a 3-1 victory in his fifth appearance for the Catalan club.

The 27-year-old was the highest scoring player in the 2018 Chinese Super League season, finding the net 27 times to lead Shanghai SIPG to the title.

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Espanyol's victory sent it level with ninth-placed Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, which meets at Mestalla on Sunday, on 33 points.

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