Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo, Mario, Musacchio,
Pablo Iñiguez, Jaume Costa; Bruno, Tomás Pina (Trigueros 79');
Hernán Pérez (Javier Aquino 61'), Giovani, Cani; Perbet (Jonathan
Pereira 61'). 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Mattioni, Sidnei, Héctor Moreno, Carlos Clerc (Capdevila 67'); Raúl Rodríguez, Alex Fernández (Víctor Sánchez 46'); Lanzarote (Stuani 56'), Abraham, Thievy; Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 01. Perbet. Turned shot past Casilla after Cani headed through Hernán cross.
2-0. 67. Pereira. Got on the end of Cani cross to turn ball in from close to goal.
2-1. 80. Sergio García. Picked up pass outside area & turned past marker to score.
Yellow cards: Sidnei 46', Bruno 70', Mattioni 89'.
Villarreal have taken little time in returning to where they left off a couple of years ago, Marcelino's side consolidating fourth place after a 2-1 victory over Espanyol in the last of the midweek games. In less than a minute they were already in front after Cani headed a Hernán Pérez cross forward for Perbet to turn a shot past Kiko Casilla. And later in the first half they could have added to the lead, the visiting keeper saving from Giovani and Mario, and Cani and Tomás Pina both firing shots just wide of the post. Visiting coach Aguirre had changed over half of his line-up for this midweek game, and they didn't really trouble Asenjo until after the break, when Lanzarote and Thievy had shots blocked. A few minutes later however substitute Jonathan Pereira got on the end of Cani's cross to make it two, and although Sergio García got one back with an individualist effort, his strike came too late to change the result.