First Division - Day 10

Villarreal 2 - Almería 1

Villarreal: Diego López; Javi Venta, Gonzalo, Godín, Capdevila; Cazorla, Bruno (Eguren 64'), Marcos Senna, Pires; Rossi (Ibagaza 71'), Llorente (Guille Franco 57'). 4-4-2.
Almería: Diego Alvés; Bruno, Chico, Pellerano, Mané; Julio Alvarez, Juanito; Piatti (José Ortíz 69'), Kalu Uche (Soriano 61'), Crusat; Negredo (Solari 72'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Villarreal: Javi Venta for Ángel / Almería: Chico, Kalu Uche, Crusat for Carlos García, Juanma Ortíz, Corona.

1-0. 01. Rossi. Picked up ball on left and fired long shot wide of Diego Alves.
2-0. 15. Llorente. Got on end of Pires cross to turn ball past keeper from far post.
2-1. 61. Piatti. Beat Diego López after Crusat played back cross from Bruno.

Yellow cards: Diego López 20', Bruno 29', Rossi 43', Pellerano 74', Juanito 83', Capdevila 91'.

Two goals in the first quarter of an hour gave Villarreal a 2-1 victory over Almería, keeping them in second place in the table. Just thirty seconds after the kick-off Rossi opened the scoring, the USA born Italian forward picking up Cazorla's short pass before firing an impressive shot past Diego Alves. And his strike partner Llorente got the second after Pires set him up a few minutes later.

Chico fired a shot wide for the visitors and Rossi saw his overhead kick deflected over the bar by a defender as the first half came to a close. And Crusat brought a couple of good saves out of Diego López soon after the restart. With an hour on the clock Piatti got one back for the visitors after Crusat laid back Bruno's cross, but Villarreal held on after that to keep up their unbeaten record in the league this season.