This Sunday, Villarreal visited Femarguín SPAR Gran Canaria in a match broadcasted live by TV Mogán, which has given a bit of insight of what a typical line-up and match for Villarreal women can offer. The changes from last match would be the addition of Olivia, who has returned from international duty, Laura Royo and wonderkid Salma, playing in a kind of 4-4-2 in diamond or 4-3-3 with Sheila acting as a false 9
The match started with both teams getting a feeling of what they had in front, with Villarreal showing a real interest in getting the ball to Salma while Sheila would be roaming behind both Salma and Laura. At the 6th minute, a corner got called against Villarreal. Crossed to the first post, Lara didn’t marked so well the player and thanks to also Elena leaving the net, they managed to put themselves up one goal.
This only managed to get an even better reaction of Villarreal, that started to look more for Salma. She also showed her danger with a ball that hit the crossbar and a dangerous run that ended with a pass looking for the shot of Albeta. But was in the 11th when the ball would go in. Olivia throws a long ball looking for Salma that is intercepted, but Sheila is quick to steal it back and pass it to Salma that does a great run to beat the rival goalkeeper and put the draw on the scoreboard
From there, Villarreal started to make great runs inside the area, with Sheila, Salma and Laura. One of them got another ball hitting the post courtesy of Salma. She was everywhere making a living hell for the other team. The second goal came from a ball that Lara plays inside to get it in return. She lifts her head and sees Salma and throws her the ball, Salma wins the header passing it into Laura who returns it to her to beat the keeper for the second time at the 22th
Villarreal was very serious on this match and they were showing it in spades. And of courses, Salma’s match wouldn’t be complete if she didn’t score another one to claim the hat-trick. Corner kick at the minute 33th and there she goes to take it. Beautiful goal to close her remarkable first half
During the second time, Villarreal continued their dominance at first, but the subs were showing that things could get out of their hands. First went in Cristina for Laura and Sheila went to be the partner for Salma with Cristina playing the attacking midfielder role, but the subs that made an impact was Sara for Sheila and Coronel for Medina at the 66th. There the team showed they were not so fresh as before, which the heat may have also contributed to. Finally, Salma went out on the 80th with the stadium giving her a round of applause to leave his position to the Mexican Rubí Soto. At that moment, Femarguín were already the ones dominating, and from there, they managed to get the 2-3 with 7 left to finish to give it a bit of emotion.
The scoreboard wouldn’t move from there and Villarreal flew back with the 3 points under ther arms. Villarreal now sits second with 6 points and next match is against Alhama on the road to claim the top spot in the group.
Villarreal B got an easy day with their win 6-0 against Murcia Féminas in a match were Carla Sorribes and Vera Rico scored a brace each, with the first goal of C teamer Montse Camps. With it they are now six points at 5th position. Their next match is against SMX Athletic Club de Murcia in what should be an easy match.
Villarreal C got their match postponed against Rafelbunyol, I imagine due to COVID-19 but I have not seen any source. This was a match that could have meant their first three points, but the team will have to wait to their next match against Mislata B, one of the top teams in the league.