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Nilmar on Fire

The comments to the last post show it clearly - Villarreal was on fire yesterday. Cazorla, Eguren, and NILMAR scored plenty of important goals on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the goals were scored for the players' national teams.

First, Nilmar goes hat-trick crazy in Brazil's beat down of our beloved Mati's Chile, 4-2. Needless to say, when your substitutes are scoring hat tricks while a man down against a quality Chilean side, you have a good team. Is Brazil the best in the world? Better than Spain? Next summer is going to be amazing.

Cazorla, on a pass from Fabregas, nutmegs the Estonian defender to score a sweet strike past the keeper to help push Spain into the 2010 World Cup finals.

Lastly, Sebas Eguren locks up the victory over Columbia with a goal at 3:42 of this video:

In non-international-competition news, although it hasn't been announced by West Ham just yet, apparently former Villarreal scrapper Guille Franco has signed with the Hammers. I could see him having a good year or two in England in a backup role, and I hope the best for him.

I did not know this, but apparently Escudero has been suffering from an injury lately. Is this what has been keeping him out of Valverde's consideration, or is it a lack of confidence?

Diego Godin returned to the squad early from the South American World Cup qualifiers, as he was suspended for the match against Columbia.

And Villarreal will go for their hundredth Primera Liga home victory on Sunday. Mallorca could be the right opponent, as the islanders have not defeated Villarreal in El Madrigal in five years. Unfortunately for US-based fans, the match is not going to be on television here. ESPN360 is sticking with the Sporting-Almeria and Valladolid-Valencia matches on Sunday. Disappointing.