First Division - Day 4

Alavés 0 - Villarreal 3

Alavés: Pacheco; Vigaray, Alexis, Rodrigo Ely, Alfonso Pedraza; Wakaso (Oscar Romero 57’), Alvaro Medran, Tomás Pina, Ibai Gómez (Manu García 84‘); Munir, Bojan (Rubén Sobrino 63‘). 4-4-2.
Villarreal: Barbosa; Rukavina, Alvaro, Víctor Ruíz, Jaume Costa (Mario 75’); Samu Castillejo, Trigueros, Rodri, Pablo Fornals; Bakambu (Enes Ünal 79‘), Bacca (Cheryshev 89‘). 4-4-2.

0-1. 32. Bakambu. Shot from outside of area which took big deflection off Alexis.
0-2. 52. Bacca. Ran ball over line after Pacheco saved shot from Samu Castillejo.
0-3. 61. Bakambu. Ran on to Samu Castillejo pass and turned shot past keeper.

Yellow cards: Rodri 45’, Víctor Ruíz 67’, Rubén Sobrino 80’, Alfonso Pedraza 93’.

Villarreal join the group on six points, a point below the European spots, after they won 0-3 at Alavés in the Sunday mid-day kick-off. Barbosa had to keep out an early shot from Ibai Gómez, but with just over half an hour gone Bakambu opened the scoring with a long shot which took a deflection off Alexis to wrong-foot Pacheco. After the interval Rodri had a headed goal ruled out for offside, and soon afterwards Bacca made it two after the local keeper could only parry a shot from Samu Castillejo. With an hour on the clock Bakambu connected with Castillejo’s pass to add a third, and although alexis did head a good chance wide, Castillejo came close to a fourth when he hit the bar later on. The result leaves the Vitoria based side down at the bottom of the table with zero points, and zero goals in their favour, and that cost the job of coach Luis Zubeldia, who was fired later in the evening.