Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo; Mario Gaspar, Eric Bailly, Víctor Ruíz, Jaume Costa; Joel Campbell, Manu Trigueros (Jonathan Dos Santos 66‘), Tomás Pina, Cheryshev (Moi Gómez 76‘); Uche (Vietto 60‘), Gerard Moreno. 4-4-2.
Córdoba: Juan Carlos; Gunino, Deivid, Crespo, Edimar; Krhin, Abel Gómez; Bebé, Fede Cartabia (Luso 59‘), Fidel (Héldon Ramos 76’); Andone (Ghilas 81‘). 4-2-3-1.
Yellow cards: Crespo 18’, Abel Gómez 86’, Héldon Ramos 87’, Eric Bailly 92’, Gunino 93’.
Sixth placed Villarreal faltered again this week, Marcelino’s side only able to draw 0-0 at home to bottom club Córdoba, their sixth game in a row without a win. It was not for lack of trying however, Joel Campbell and Gerard Moreno both firing shots against the crossbar in the first half. Edimar, Florin and Bebé all tested Asenjo at the other end though, and after the break Florin headed an Edimar cross just wide of the post. However visiting keeper Juan Carlos made a string of saves after that, in particular from Cheryshev, Campbell, Vietto and Víctor Ruíz, and Vietto felt himself unlucky not to be given a penalty when he fell under a challenge from Crespo near the end. An eleventh draw of the season for Córdoba, although they end the weekend eight points away from safety, and are already looking odds-on for relegation.