First Division - Day 1

Villarreal 2 - Osasuna 2

Villarreal: Reina; Belletti, Ballesteros, Quique Alvarez, Arruabarrena; Marcos Senna, Josico (Gracia 60'); Guayre, Víctor, Calleja; Palermo. 4-2-3-1.
Osasuna: Unzué; Cruchaga, Vidrio, Josetxo; Yanguas, Puñal, Antonio López (Moha 78'); Alfredo (Rivero 55'), Palacios (Pablo García 55'), Gancedo; Iván Rosado. 3-3-3-1.

1-0. 11. Víctor. Headed ball wide of keeper after Guayre effort bounced up.
2-0. 14. Víctor. Header from close up after Unzué pushed Guayre shot on to bar.
2-1. 68. Antonio López. Beat Reina with low shot after Pablo García squared in.
2-2. 82. Pablo García. Free kick from outside area which took deflection off wall.

Villarreal appeared to have laid the ghost of their Intertoto final defeat at the hands of Málaga when they raced into a two goal lead against Osasuna in the first quarter of an hour of the game. Víctor had protested after being left out of the starting line up for the second leg of the final, but he came back in to score both goals with well placed headers, both from an unmarked position in front of a shaky defence.

Osasuna's new boss, Mexico's World Cup manager Javier Aguirre, decided to make changes early in the second half, and it paid off. On came Rivero and new signing Pablo García, and García in particular was to be the revelation. The Uruguayan midfielder broke through on the right to set up Antonio López for him to strike home the first, and then scored the second himself from a free kick which took a defelction off a defender to salvage a point for his side.