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Villarreal brush aside Eibar, 3-0

A good start for Javi Calleja in the league.

S.R. Sidarth

Villarreal defeated Eibar 3-0 today at the Ceramica, with all three goals coming from Cedric Bakambu—one from open play in each half, the last one by a penalty. It was no less than he, or Villarreal, deserved—Bakambu could have scored two or three other times with a little luck.

It has to be said that Eibar were not very impressive—Sergi Enrich had no shots and did little all day, but part of that was lack of service from midfield.

Villarreal took the lead with a lovely play, Manu Trigueros assisting Bakambu who chipped the ball neatly over the onrushing keeper. Bakambu had another chance to score but couldn’t hit the net from a tight angle, but the Submarine dominated the majority of the half and went in with a well-deserved lead.

The second goal, seven minutes into the second half, was again created by fast, accurate passing, in this case Fornals to Sansone to Bakambu. A third came in the 76th minute after Samu Castillejo had been bundled over in the penalty area by Arbilla.

Shots on goal were 12 to 8, but 4 of Eibar’s came from set pieces. Villarreal dominated possesion, 60-40, and what was very interesting was that we played a lot more passes in the air from the back, going for quick buildups rather than just sideways possession. A welcome change.

Pretty much everyone played well; though Sansone’s first half was not very good, he was much better in the second. Bakambu has to be the MoM but Fornals, Trigueros, Jaume Costa, Rodri...all played well.