Villarreal led 2-0 at the break with goals from Uche and Moi, then added five more in the second half, including a Perbet hat-trick. Burriana play in a regional league so there is clearly a difference in quality, but they played hard and provided good opposition. Paulista played around 65 minutes in his Villarreal debut; apart from our players on international duty and Sergio Asenjo, all of the uninjured first team players appeared in this one.
I love the Economist and this article from their blog has a lovely chart showing world record transfer fees over time (does anyone remember Jean-Pierre Papin?). But what I found most interesting was their discussion about Financial Fair Play and which teams might have trouble meeting it. Real Madrid should be fine, but Manchester City, perhaps not. Interestingly French clubs Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco appear to be in the most trouble, and might be betting that Financial Fair Play doesn't come to pass.
The new coach takes over a team that is dead last in the league, with only one goal scored in three matches, and that coming from 37 year-old midfielder Puñal. The Basques do play Getafe and Elche in the next two rounds, so maybe a new coach can generate a win for them. According to Sky Sports, Osasuna asked for permission to contact Brighton coach Oscar Garcia about the job but were denied.
Alcoyano lost on penalties to Nastic, and Huracan Valencia lost 3-2 at Olot, a Tercera side from Catalunya. In games invloving teams you may have heard of, Cartagena defeated Guadalajara 2-1, Huesca won over Toledo 1-0. Real Oveido lost on penalties, Real Union and Racing Ferrol both went out as well.
The lower division sides are kept away from the Segunda teams. This is also true in the third round in October. Villarreal enters the competition in the fourth round (December), which is two-legged. The lower-division teams that have made it this far play the Primera teams appearing in Europe; therefore, Villarreal will either play another Primera side or a Segunda team. Got it?
Nice to see praise from all over. As the article notes, a great start does not guarantee success in the league, but nine points from three games, and the "excellent sensations", are all positives.
Sunday, September 22, at Celta (5PM in Spain, my goodness)
Thursday, September 26, Espanyol in El Madrigal, 10 PM (of course).
Sunday, September 29, at Betis, 9 PM
I will just note that the Espanyol match is on my birthday--three points for the Submarine in that one would be a very nice present!! Endavant Villarreal!!