Have at it, Villarreal fans. Bilbao-Villarreal A will be on GolTV in the U.S., and plenty of streams should be available. Looks like some possibilities for Recreativo Huelva-Villarreal B as well. Keep your eyes peeled on myp2p and rojadirecta.
Here's the Villarreal B squad:
Goalkeepers: Juan Carlos and Vicente Flor.
Defenders: Carlos Tomás, Joan Oriol, Kiko, Mateo Musacchio, Costa, Mario, and Catalá.
Midfielders: Gerard Bordas, Jefferson Montero, Natxo Insa, Cristóbal, Matilla, and David Lázaro.
Forwards: Robert Flores, Marco Ruben, and Joan Tomás.
No Marcos Gullon and Hernan Perez, who are with Spain and Paraguay, respectively, at the U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Defender Edu and third goalkeeper Brasca were not called into the squad by B team coach Garrido. Looks like the veteran Edu may be on his way out.
Endavant! I'll be commenting periodically during the game, so please take over this thread.
0-0 in Bilbao, lineups: Two changes in our expected starting 11- Marcano in for Gonzalo, serving as Godin's partner in central defense. I look forward to seeing how he does. And Joseba Llorente is in for Nilmar, but I expected that playing against the Basques. The match is underway!
o-0 in Huelva, 6': Great chance on a breakaway for Montero, but the touch got away from him. Good to see us opening up Recre early on.
1-0 in Bilbao, 11': Great start for Athletic and a deserved lead. Spanish international Fernando Llorente with an easy headed goal. Toquero also causing us problems. Marcano and perhaps Diego Lopez were at fault.
1-0 in Bilbao, 17': What could be worse than trailing early and being outplayed? Ibagaza comes off with a muscle pull. On comes Fuster in his place. Formation is now a bit imbalanced, and San Mames is a tough place to start your career. Good luck, kid.
2-0 in Bilbao, 40': A double for Fernando Llorente. Poor goalkeeping by Diego Lopez. I say it's time for a rest and mental refocusing. Possible penalty shout for Cani denied a few minutes earlier. Not looking good, but plenty of time left.
2-0 in Bilbao, halftime: I'm glad that I can watch the B team, heh. Very disjointed Villarreal A: midfield in disarray, central defense can't control Llorente or Toquero, and Diego Lopez is off his game a bit. Can Nilmar save the day with some Brazilian magic? Athletic is vulnerable in the back, so some extended pressure could do the trick. But that's a long way from happening.
0-0 in Huelva, halftime: Villarreal B have looked the better side throughout the first half against Recre. Montero and Matilla have been very dangerous, but the side lacks a killer instinct. Hopefully Ruben can provide that. Recre have created some opportunities, but Musacchio has been very solid in the back.
2-1 in Bilbao, 49': Stand up and be counted, Joseba Llorente! We still can't control Fernando, but our Llorente makes a great pass to Cani for an easy goal. Please let us not give up a third immediately, and we have a chance.
2-1 in Bilbao, 53': Nilmar on for the goalscorer Cani. Let's hope Cani didn't take a knock. Brazilian magic on the way?
3-1 in Bilbao, 59': Yep, I saw that coming. Javi Martinez off a corner. He beat Eguren to a header (let's go back to the practice field), and Diego Lopez again looked out of place. But Diego Lopez does have 6 saves, so it's clearly not all his fault. And we had a good chance a minute later, but Iraizoz made a nice save.
1-0 in Huelva, 66': And the resistance ends. Nice initial save by Juan Carlos, but he has no chance on the rebound. Carmona with an easy tap-in. Let's see what kind of response the team produces. Maybe Robert Flores on?
75' updates: In Bilbao, Pires on for Rossi. Very surprising, but Rossi had a poor game. In Huelva, Robert Flores on for Cristobal. Can either team make a recovery?
2-1 in Huelva, 85': Marco Ruben scores off a corner! That's his fourth in four games; what a run of goals. Great ball from Matilla. Unfortunately, Alvaro Anton comes right back and restores Recre's advantage. A young team with some lessons to learn.
3-2 in Bilbao, 85': Golazo by Santi Cazorla! His second of the year, this one from a free kick a few yards outside the box. The game still has life.
3-2 in Bilbao, fulltime: Poor, poor showing from the A team. Every single player is to blame. Clear problems in the midfield and central defense, but the attackers also did nothing for most of the match. Nilmar was a huge disappointment; I barely saw him on the ball. We now are in 17th place in the league and welcome high-flying Real Madrid on Wednesday...talk about a judgment game for Valverde.
2-1 in Huelva, fulltime: Decent showing from the B team without a key player in Marcos Gullon. Tough to lose after scoring late, but it's a young team. Marco Ruben continues his wonderful form, so we don't need a clean sheet to win every match. Fellow mid-table side Albacete should be an easier task at home on Saturday.