First Division - Day 37

Villarreal 2 - Espanyol 0

Villarreal: Diego López; Javi Venta, Gonzalo, Godín, Capdevila; Eguren, Marcos Senna (Cani 72'); Cazorla, Nihat, Pires (Mati Fernández 76'); Rossi (Guille Franco 60'). 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kameni; Zabaleta (Clemente 46'), Lacruz, Jarque, Chica; Moisés Hurtado, Lola (Jonathan Soriano 56'); Coro, Angel Martínez, Riera (Valdo 69'); Luis García. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Villarreal: Cazorla, Pires, Rossi for Cani, Mati Fernández, Tomasson / Espanyol: Kameni, Lacruz, Jarque, Moisés Hurtado for Lafuente, Torrejón, David García, Ewerthon.

1-0. 31. Javi Venta. Picked up long Capdevila cross and shot back across Kameni.
2-0. 43. Pires. Ran on to Nihat return pass and lifted shot over advancing keeper.

Festivities at the Madrigal stadium, where second placed Villarreal rounded off their best ever season with a 2-0 win over Espanyol. The Catalans will be thankful to see the end of the season after nine matches without a win, and they almost gave in early on when Lacruz turned a Javi Venta cross against his own post.

It was only a matter of time though, and Javi Venta opened the scoring with just after half an hour gone after the defence failed to clear a cross from Capdevila. With the first half coming to a close Pires got the second after running on to a return pass from Nihat to beat Kameni, and it was all over.

Luis García did try his luck a couple of times for the visitors after the restart, but their hearts weren't in it, and for the seventh time in nine games they failed to trouble the scoreline.