Villarreal’s friendly against SC Braga (0-0) finished in a goalless draw, in a match where the Yellows, despite not getting on the score sheet, looked promising as they created numerous chances and played some fine, fast football. Marcelino’s side came close to scoring with chances from Afif, Soldado and Samu Castillejo, but the Portuguese side were able to contain the Yellows’ momentum.
With this encounter, played at the Estadio Primero de Maio de Braga, the Yellows have now played five preseason friendlies (vs l’Hospitalet, Nàstic, Real Sociedad and Sporting de Portugal). Next week, Marcelino’s men will play FC Porto at the Estadio de Dragao (10:30pm CET).
SC Braga: Marafona; Boly, Sasso, Hassan, Baiano, Ricardo Horta, P. Santos, Tiba, Vukcevic, Mauro and M. Goiano. Also played: Artur Jorge, Martínez, Stojiljkovic, Djavan, Wilson and Alan.
Villarreal CF: Andrés; Mario, Bonera, N’Diaye, Jaume Costa; Rukavina, Trigueros, Larrea, Samu Castillejo; Afif and Soldado. Also played: Asenjo, José Ángel, Víctor Ruiz, Bruno, Mario González, Miguel Llambrich, Rodri and Cantalapiedra.
Referee: Cosme Machado. Cautioned: P. Santos from the locals.