First Division - Day 4

Racing Santander 1 - Villarreal 1

Racing: Ceballos; Pineda, Moratón, Juanma, Sietes; Ismael, Nafti (Benayoun 76'); Pablo Lago, Munitis, Txiki (Regueiro 65'); Diego Alonso (Bodipo 62'). 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Reina; Quique Alvarez, Ballesteros, Unai, Arruabarrena; Belletti, Marcos Senna, Quique Medina, Jorge López (Gracia 90'); Víctor (Rubén Reyes 85'), Guayre (Palermo 53'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Racing: Ceballos, Txiki, Diego Alonso for Lemmens, Regueiro, Bodipo / Villarreal: Quique Medina, Guayre for Josico, Palermo.

0-1. 65. Senna. Shot from outside of area which took deflection off defender.
1-1. 84. Moratón. Got ahead of defence to head Sietes free kick into net.

Villarreal's new manager Benito Floro looked as if he was going to lead his side to their first away win in over a year, but they had to settle for a draw in the end at Racing Santander thanks to a late goal from Moratón. A week now into the job Floro is getting to know his players, and although he stuck to the same formation as the week before, he did spring a couple of surprises, in particular leaving Palermo on the bench to bring in young striker Guayre.

The visitors suffered in the beginning though, with Juanma heading Txiki's free kick against the bar, Reina just tipping over a long shot from Pineda and Diego Alonso (making his first start) having a goal disallowed for offside. Shortly after the restart Pablo Lago rattled the crossbar again when free in front of goal, and it appeared to be a matter of time before the locals scored.

However a headed clearance by the Racing defence fell at the feet of Senna, and his first time shot took a wicked deflection off a defender to wrong-foot Ceballos. It was Villarreal's first real shot at goal and it looked like being enough to take the three points. However Racing got their just rewards when young defender Moratón headed the equalising goal from a Sietes free kick five minutes from the end. Floro will have to wait a bit longer for his first victory.