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Keeping the faith (2-2)
Keeping the faith (2-2)


The Submarine’s courage counters Espanyol’s intensity

Villarreal CF kept its faith intact to secure a point, almost at the final whistle, on their visit to Espanyol (2-2) in a match where the Yellows were forced to comeback twice. The first through Trigueros on the 25th, while the second came with only three minutes to go with a header by Mateo Musacchio for first goal of the season. Marcelino’s men played a pragmatic and professional match, believed in their chances against a seasoned Espanyol who became an uncomfortable opponent stopping the Submarine during most of the game. With today’s draw, Villarreal has gone eight matches without losing in La Liga since last November against Getafe.


RCD Espanyol: Pau López; Javi López, Álvaro, Enzo Roco, Duarte; Diop, Jordán, Burgui (Víctor Álvarez, 67’), Asensio; Gerard and Caicedo (Salva Sevilla, 42’).

Villarreal CF: Areola; Mario, Musacchio, Bailly (Bonera, 46’), Jaume Costa; Jonathan dos Santos (Leo Baptistao, 64’), Trigueros, Bruno Soriano, Denis Suárez; Bakambu and Roberto Soldado.

Goals: 1-0, min. 3: Caicedo. 1-1, min. 23: Trigueros. 2-1, min. 39: Gerard. 2-2, min. 87: Musacchio.

Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero (Andalucia). Cautioned: Jordán (34’), Salva Sevilla (79’) and Víctor Álvarez (87’) from Espanyol and Jaume Costa (55’) from Villarreal. Sent off: Gerard Moreno (87’) for two yellow cards.

Match Information: Match in correspondence with Day 21 of the Liga BBVA, played in the RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, in front of 16,251 spectators.