Almería: Esteban; Rafita, Pellerano,
Trujillo, Dubarbier (Oscar Díaz 86'); Marcos Tébar (Corona 68'),
Verza; Aleix Vidal, Soriano (Kiu 83'), Suso; Rodri. 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo, Mario, Musacchio, Pablo Iñiguez, Jaume Costa; Bruno, Tomás Pina (Trigueros 53'); Hernán Pérez (Javier Aquino 58'), Giovani, Cani; Uche (Jonathan Pereira 62'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 39. Rodri. Got ahead of marker to turn Rafita centre across Sergio Asenjo.
1-1. 65. Dubarbier (own goal). Turned Pereira cross in to own net trying to clear.
2-1. 74. Rodri. Controlled Suso's long pass and steered shot wide of keeper.
2-2. 83. Giovani. Ran in to steer shot past Esteban from Javier Aquino's cross.
2-3. 85. Jonathan Pereira. Fired shot in off defender from Giovani's square pass.
Yellow cards: Rafita 34', Pellerano 88'.
As luck would have it the newly promoted Almería and Villarreal were drawn together in their opening fixture, a repeat of the last game of last season in the second division which Villarreal won to snatch the last automatic promotion spot ahead of their rivals. This time Almería were the better side early on, Aleix Vidal shooting wide and Soriano testing Sergio Asenjo before Rodri turned Rafita's cross past the keeper to put the locals ahead. Marcelino turned to Jonathan Pereira though on the hour mark, and within minutes he created the equaliser, Dubarbier deflecting his cross past his own keeper. Rodri beat the offside trap to collect Suso's long pass and restore the lead, but Giovani got on the end of Aquino's cross to make it all square once again, and with two minutes to go the Mexican forward set up Pereira for the winner.