Villarreal B defeated Espanyol’s B team, 3-1 in a contest . played in driving rain before a small crowd at the Mini Estadi. Enric Franquesa missed a penalty in the 18th minute for the home side, but no matter, Simon Moreno was on the end of a Mukwelle Akale cross from the byline a few moments later and made no mistake.
The mini-subs added a second about 15 minutes later, Moreno turning provider and feeding Dani Villa for this one, and added a third just after halftime, Moreno scoring from a Akale to Villa to Moreno move (yep, there was a theme here). Espanyol scored a consolation goal, a penalty with 15 minutes left.
Villarreal B are now on 26 points; Atletico Baleares and Lleida Esportiu are on 24, as is Herculés, who play away at Alcoyano later today.
Villarreal C defeated Atzeneta 1-0 on the road yesterday, and now have 20 points from 13 matches. They’ve lost only once in their last seven games and are 4 points outside the playoff positions.