Villarreal: Diego López; Ángel,
Gonzalo, Català, Capdevila; Cani, Bruno, Borja Valero, Cazorla (Matilla
70'); Marco Rubén (Jefferson Montero 78'); Rossi (Altidore 82'). 4-4-2.
Almería: Diego Alves; Michel Macedo, Marcelo Silva, Carlos García, Juanma Ortíz; Mbami, Bernadello; Piatti (José Ortíz 84'), Corona (Ulloa 61'), Crusat (Goitom 73'); Kalu Uche. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 22. Català. Near post header in off crossbar from Borja Valero free kick.
2-0. 58. Borja Valero. Curled free kick over defensive wall past Diego Alves.
Yellow cards: Marco Rubén 24', Diego Alves 54', Carlos García 63', Bernadello 76', Juanma Ortíz 87'.
Villarreal started the new year with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Almería, a result which confirmed the locals in third spot and left the away side back down in the relegation zone. Juan Carlos Garrido's team dominated from start to finish, with Cazorla testing Diego Alves and Rossi shooting wide before Català got on the end of Borja Valero's free kick to head in the opener midway through the first half. Diego López had to make a couple of important saves from Corona before half time, but Cazorla brought another good save out of Alves before Valero beat him for a second time with another well-struck free kick. The visiting keeper did stop Cazorla and Rossi from increasing the lead after that, but Villarreal had already done more than enough to win.