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First Division - Day 23

Villarreal 3 - Granada 1

Villarreal: Diego López; Ángel, Zapata, Marchena, Joan Oriol; Cani, Marcos Senna, Borja Valero, Camuñas (Hernán Pérez 88'); Nilmar (Castellani 62'), Marco Rubén (Martinuccio 75'). 4-4-2.
Granada: Julio César; Nyom, Iñigo López (Diakhaté 57'), Borja Gómez, Siqueira (Henrique 69'); Fran Rico (Uche 67'), Mikel Rico; Franco Jara, Carlos Martins, Dani Benítez; Ighalo. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 16. Marco Rubén. Ran on to Cani pass and lifted shot past Julio César.
1-1. 50. Iñigo López. Header down inside near post from Carlos Martins corner.
2-1. 64. Borja Valero. Controlled Camuñas pass and volleyed shot into top of net.
3-1. 73. Julio César (own goal). Punched ball in to own net from Joan Oriol cross.

Yellow cards: Ighalo 29', Jara 31', Cani 52', Diakhaté 70', 87', Marchena 90' / red cards: Diakhaté 87'.

Villarreal moved out of the relegation spots after a 3-1 victory over Granada, their third win in four games. Marco Rubén had an early strike ruled out for the previous offside of Nilmar, but the striker did get his name on the scoresheet a few minutes later after latching on to Cani's through ball to turn a shot past Julio César. Later in the first half Diego López pushed a header from his namesake Iñigo López on to the post, but Iñigo got the better of Diego a few minutes after the interval, this time his header from a Martins corner finding the bottom near corner of the net. Mikel Rico almost caught out the local keeper with a shot from the half-way line soon afterwards, but Borja Valero restored the lead after controlling a lofted Camuñas pass and firing a first time volley past Julio César. Seven minutes later Julio César himself scored Villarreal's third, his wild punch at Joan Oriol's cross going backwards in to his own net, and although he made up for it in part with a late save from Hernán Pérez, the damage was already done. Granada ended the match with ten men after substitute Diakhaté was sent off for a second bookable offence, and a first defeat under new coach Abel Resino left them a point behind their hosts in the table.