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Villarreal 3-1 Espanyol: super sub Bakambu with a brace and Soldado scores again

The first hour was dreadful, but after that, the Submarine got in gear.

Cedric Bukambu via twitter

Villarreal conceded an early goal to Espanyol but roared back with three scores in the last 25 minutes to overwhelm Espanyol before 17,000+ fans in El Madrigal.

Espanyol's goal came courtesy of a Gerard Moreno through ball to Felipe Caicedo, who rounded Alphonse Areola and scored in the fifth minute.  The goal came while Villarreal was a center back down--Victor Ruiz receiving treatment for a cut on his forehead--and his temporary replacement, Tomas Pina, was trying to cover the Ecuadorian.

It wasn't until the last half-hour that either side really threatened again; in the 61st minute a long cross-field pass was nicely controlled by Gerard Moreno, but Alphonse Areola cut down the angle and saved the shot.  Roberto Soldado scored with a lovely chip (assist by Samu Garcia) to make it 1-1 in the 67th minute.  20 minutes later a Soldado through ball found Bakambu and he scored from a tight angle, and the ex-Bursaspor man wasn't done yet, adding a second (Soldado assisting again) in the third minute of injury time.