|First Division - Day 12|
Villarreal 0 - Valladolid 3
López; Ángel, Gonzalo, Cygan, Capdevila; Cazorla (Cani 63'),
Eguren, Marcos Senna (Ibagaza 46'), Pires; Rossi (Mati Fernández 46'),
Guille Franco. 4-4-2.
Team changes: Villarreal: Cygan, Guille Franco for Godín, Llorente / Valladolid: No change.
Yellow cards: Vivar Dorado 32', Gonzalo 61', Eguren 69'.
Villarreal drop to third in the table after they were surprisingly beaten 0-3 by Valladolid. With Manchester United due at the Madrigal stadium on Tuesday, Pellegrini's side took their eyes off the ball. And they found themselves three down at the break, with Jonathan Sesma starting things off after Diego López could only push out Víctor's shot midway through the first half, referee Medina Cantalejo waving away appeals for offside.
A couple of minutes before the break Sesma scored his second of the evening, beating the offside trap to run on to a long clearance from midfield and lob the keeper with a first time shot. And after Guille Franco had had a shot blocked at the other end, Luis Prieto made it three, running the ball over the line after Diego López had allowed a long Pedro León free kick to bounce past him.
Pellegrini probably gave up at that point, and at half time he took off Senna and Rossi to save them for Tuesday. Ibagaza and Mati Fernández came on, but there was no way past a well organized defence, and Valladolid could have increased their lead when Alvaro Rubio's shot was cleared off the line by a defender.
Mendilibar's side had picked up their first away points of the season though, ending their run of games against the big four with an impressive nine points. Villarreal's unbeaten record this season has ended, and the defeat was their first in the league at the Madrigal stadium since December 2007. Sir Alex Ferguson will be taking note!