First Division - Day 31

Recreativo Huelva 5 - Villarreal 0

Recreativo: Luque; Espinola, Loren, Alex, Pernía; Javi García, Viqueira (Cubillo 78'), Camacho, Benítez; Oscar Arpón (Quique Romero 60'); Raúl Molina (Joaozinho 68'). 4-4-1-1.
Villarreal: Reina; Belletti, Quique Alvarez, Ballesteros, Arruabarrena; Josico, Quique Medina (Javi Venta 48'); Guayre (Calleja 61'), Farinós, Jorge López; Víctor (De Nigris 46'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Recreativo: Alex for Iker Begoña / Villarreal: Josico, Jorge López, Víctor for César Arzo, Calleja, Palermo.

1-0. 33. Raúl Molina (penalty). After Arruabarrena brought down Javi García.
2-0. 47. Viqueira. Took square pass from Arpón and fired shot in off post.
3-0. 73. Viqueira. Caught Reina off his line with lofted shot from forty metres out.
4-0. 82. Pernía. Drove fierce shot into back of net from outside of area.
5-0. 87. Quique Romero. Picked up pass from Joaozinho and shot low past Reina.

Recreativo Huelva took another step towards safety with a crushing 5-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday evening. With a better head-to-head record against Osasuna (the criteria for separating sides equal on points at the end of the season) they are theoretically out of the bottom three, although at this stage of the competition general goal difference counts and on that basis they remain in eighteenth place.

The match was fairly even until the half hour mark, when referee Moreno Delgado awarded a penalty and sent off Arruabarrena after he brought down Javi García from behind. Raúl Molina stepped up to score what was their first goal in eleven months in their north goal, something which had become a bit of a bad dream for the side since they joined the first division. Ten minutes later the visitors were left with nine men after Belletti was also shown the red card for what looked like an elbow on Pernía, although once again the Argentine full back made a meal of it as he had the week before with Racing's Bodipo.

With the numbers in their favour Recre went on a goal spree after the break, Viqueira starting things off with a shot in off the post and then adding a glorious third goal from some forty yards out after Reina had come out of his area to clear. Pernía hit a screamer later on and Quique Romero finished things off three minutes from the end to round off the Andalucians highest tally in the first division. With the big four coming up it was just what they needed.