First Division - Day 3

Numancia 1 - Villarreal 2

Numancia: Juan Pablo; Juanra, Boris, Palacios, Domingo Cisma; Barkero, Nagore; Mario Martínez (Del Pino 59'), Juan Carlos Moreno, Bellvis (Alvaro Antón 79'); Gorka Brit (Goiria 71'). 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Diego López; Javi Venta, Gonzalo, Godín, Capdevila; Cazorla, Marcos Senna, Eguren (Pires 46'), Ibagaza (Edmilson 77'); Guille Franco (Nihat 68'), Llorente. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Numancia: No change / Villarreal: Godín, Eguren for Fuentes, Edmilson.

1-0. 42. Gorka Brit. Ran forward to head long Barkero free kick past Diego López.
1-1. 49. Cazorla. Turned ball in from close to goal after Pires squared across.
1-2. 76. Llorente. Struck angled shot past keeper after Cazorla passed across.

Yellow cards: Gonzalo 41', Nagore 91'.

Villarreal stay in the Champions League spots, level on points with leaders Valencia, after coming from behind to beat Numancia 1-2. Pellegrini's side got off to as good start, Guille Franco in particular going close a couple of times. But on the stroke of half time Gorka Brit headed the locals in to the lead from Barkero's free kick, referee Undiano Mallenco waving away appeals for offside.

Brit fired a long shot over the bar soon after the restart, but a couple of minutes later Cazorla connected with a Pires cross to equalise. Franco headed wide and Llorente struck a shot on the turn just wide of the post, and Cazorla brought a good save out of Juan Pablo. Moreno volleyed a shot just wide at the other end, but soon afterwards Llorente drilled home the winner after good work by Cazorla and Nihat, who was making his first appearance of the season after recovering from an injury.