Villarreal: Areola; Mario Gaspar, Eric Bailly, Víctor Ruíz, Jaume Costa; Nahuel, Tomás Pina (Jonathan Dos Santos 76’), Manu Trigueros, Samu Castillejo (Samuel 64‘); Leo Baptistao (Bakambu 64‘), Soldado. 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Pau López; Arbilla, Alvaro González, Raíllo, Duarte; Javi López, Víctor Sánchez; Paco Montañés (Hernán Pérez 57’), Gerard Moreno, Víctor Alvarez (Burgui 86’); Caicedo (Cañas 73’). 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 05. Caicedo. Ran on to Gerard Moreno pass and went round Areloa to score.
1-1. 67. Soldado. Hooked shot wide of Pau after Samuel lifted ball over defence.
2-1. 87. Bakambu. Picked up Soldado through ball and rounded keeper to score.
3-1. 93. Bakambu. Got on the end of low Soldado cross to turn shot under keeper.
Yellow cards: Pau López 19’, Javi López 27’, Paco Montañés 30’, Caicedo 35’, Raillo 48’, Arbilla 55’, Eric Bailly 85’.
The week two opener was on Friday evening between Villarreal and Espanyol, the hosts coming from behind to win 3-1 in the end. Ex Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno put Caicedo through for him to give the visitors the lead with only five minutes gone, and after the restart Areola had to save from Moreno, and Víctor Alvarez hit the crossbar with a cross-come-shot. The locals brought on Samuel and Bakambu though, and within three minutes Samuel lifted the ball through for Soldado to hook the equalizer past Pau López. Samuel himself fired a shot just wide a few minutes later, and in the last five minutes Soldado twice set up Bakambu for him to score his first two goals for his new club.