Sunday April 1, 2012 Day 31 El Madrigal

Villarreal CF v RCD Espanyol

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  1. Matchpack: Villarreal v Espanyol

    Matchpack: Villarreal v Espanyol

    Team news, manager quotes, facts and figures ahead of the Liga clash between Villarreal and Espanyol at El Madrigal. More

  • Live Commentary

    • 90+3' Full-time: Villarreal 0-0 Espanyol. Full of huff and puff, but no cutting edge.
    • 88' CHANCE! Marco Ruben volley is palmed away by Franciso Casilla.
    • 86' Sub for Villarreal, Jonathan De Guzman comes on for Borja Valero.
    • 84' This has been a match full of running, endeavour and industry, just very little in the way of craft.
    • 82' Kalu Uche's evening comes to an end as he makes way for Walter Pandiani.
    • 79' Fourth from bottom Villarreal really need a win tonight... There's just no guile in their team.
    • 76' Both teams have managed to maintain an incredible tempo to this game. Shame about the lack of goals...
    • 74' Ruben puts the ball in the back of the net for Villarreal, but his celebrations are cut short when he realises he's offside.
    • 72' Franciso Casilla benefits from the referee's generosity after dropping another corner. Never a foul, but the referee gives it.
    • 70' Vladimir Weiss has looked bright this evening. Direct, plenty of pace and tricky. Just needs a better end product.
    • 69' Actually after a few more viewings it looks like Forlin made no contact with the ball. Villarreal should have had a penalty.
    • 67' Double change for Villarreal.... Angel Lopez replaces Marcos Senna and Alejandro Martinuccio comes on for Cani.
    • 65' Fantastic challenge from Forlin on Valero in the box. The crowd want a penalty - it was a risky challenge - but the replay shows it was a well timed tackle.
    • 63' Espanyol substitution, Sergio Garcia is replaced by Alvaro Vasquez.
    • 62' Franciso Casilla races off his line to save at the feet of Marco Ruben.
    • 60' Powerful, driving run from Cani raises a few bums out of seats, but ultimately ends in nothing.
    • 58' Espanyol make a change - Javi Lopez comes off for Juan Forlin.
    • 56' Villarreal claim they should have had a penalty for handball. Would have been harsh on Espanyol.
    • 54' Cristian Gomez adds his name to the referee's book.
    • 52' Lively start to the second half from both teams, just need a goal now....
    • 49' CHANCE! Uche only has Lopez to beat, but the goalkeeper saves with this legs and then Christian Gomez heads over the rebound. Big misses. Should be 1-0 to Espanyol.
    • 47' This game could do with a goal... Obviously.
    • 45' Villarreal kick off the second period.
    • 45+1' Half time: Villarreal 0-0 Espanyol. Slow start before things warmed up.
    • 45+1' CHANCE! Oh dear. Borja Valero had a great chance to break the deadlock, but he got his legs in a tangle and made a mess of a free volley.
    • 44' Villarreal pushing for a goal before half time.... But a poor pass from Senna ends those hopes...
    • 42' Very disappointing free kick from Verdu.
    • 41' Christian Zapata picks up a yellow card for a body check on Verdu.
    • 39' CHANCE! Great run from Vladimir Weiss takes him from the halfway line to the Villarreal goal, but he's too fast for his team-mates who don't arrive in time to support him. He pokes a finish wide of the goal.
    • 37' Franciso Casilla drops a cross, but quickly smothers it before a Villarreal player can pounce on the loose ball.
    • 34' CHANCE! Uche climbs above his marker at the back post and powers a header downwards, but it's turned around the post by Diego Lopez.
    • 33' CHANCE! Header from Cani is cleared oof the line by Didac - fantastic defending.
    • 31' CHANCE! Header is saved by Francisco Casilla and then pounced on by Marco Ruben, who pokes the ball in the back of the net, but it's disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper. He was adjudged to have the ball in both hands. Suspect....
    • 30' First corner of the game. What will Villarreal make of it?
    • 28 Booking for Espanyol's Uche for pulling back Mateo Musacchio.
    • 27' CHANCE! Spoke too soon. Sergio Garcia picked out Kalu Uche with a pinpoint cross, but the Nigerian could only guide his header wide of the target.
    • 25' Not much happening in terms of goalmouth action.... Frantic pace in midfield leading to a lot of mistakes.
    • 22' Lovely sequence of play. First Joan Oriol skipped away from a few tackles with some great footwork, he then def Javier Camunas who lifted the ball over a sliding challenge, but his cross was over hit and wayward.
    • 20' CHANCE! Espanyol's Verdu flashes a shot across the face of the Villarreal goal.
    • 17' Villarreal keeping the ball well, spreading it across the park.
    • 15' Booking for Vladimir Weiss. Not entirely sure why... Strange decision from the referee.
    • 15' Stoppage in play as Weiss receives treatment for a knock.
    • 13' Espanyol starting to enjoy a period of possession.
    • 11' Sergio Garcia strays into an offside postion. Should have held his run, Espanyol were in a good position.
    • 8' Even start. Pace of the game needs to settle down.
    • 7' Neither side affording their opponents any time on the ball.
    • 5' Cani tries to dance his way through the Espanyol defence, but they manage to smother him out.
    • 4' High tempo start to the game. Surface looks perfect for passing.
    • 2' CHANCE! Great early opportunity for Sergio Garcia. He latched on to a perfect ball in behind the defence, but he didn't manage to put enough on his finish and it rolled into the hands of Diego Lopez.
    • 1' Espanyol get the first half started.
    • 20:27 Pochettino has beaten Lotina in four of their five meetings in La Liga (just one win for Lotina).
    • 20:25 Espanyol have conceded the joint-most penalties in La Liga this season (six).
    • 20:24 The amarillos are without a win after conceding first in La Liga games this season (D5 L10).
    • 20:23 Espanyol are without a win in five consecutive league matches on the road, though four of these have been draws.
    • 20:20 Villarreal are without a win in their last three at El Madrigal in La Liga: they haven’t gone four without a win at home since 2005/06.
    • 20:19 Six of the last seven draws between Villarreal and Espanyol in the top flight have finished goalless.
    • 20:15 Villarreal are unbeaten in their last eight league meetings with Espanyol (W4 D4), without conceding a single goal in any of these matches (eight scored).
    • 20:15 Mauricio Pochettino: "The squad are very aware of what is at stake and what lies ahead. I have not seen any relaxation. We know we have an opportunity to continue the positive feelings."
    • 20:12 Villarreal's manager Miguel Angel Lotina: "This is an important game for us to go consolidating the work done so far. To this is that it can be an important step in qualifying and so we face. I do not expect my team to relax or forgetfulness in this game because I have at a distance on the descent, would not be very smart."
    • 20:11 Coutinho: "I am very happy at Espanol, but I have to live in the present and wait and speak to Inter. I don't know what the possibilities are because of the situation with my contract.''
    • 20:11 Espanyol's on-loan striker Philippe Coutinho: "Our goal is to be one of the teams that qualifies for the Champions League. There are nine games left and further work is needed.''
    • 20:09 Espanyol: Casilla - Javi López, Raúl Rodríguez, Moreno, Dídac Vilá - Baena, Cristian Gómez - Sergio Garcia, Verdú, Coutinho. Subs: Edgar, Vasquez, Forlin, Sanchez, Romaric, Weiss, Pandiani.
    • 20:07 Here are the two teams... Villarreal: Diego López, Mario, Zapata, Musacchio, Oriol, Senna, Bruno, Cani, Borja Valero, Camuñas, Marco Ruben. Subs: Castellani, Martinuccio, De Guzman, Gonzalo, Angel Lopez, Marchena, Cesar.
    • 20:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Villarreal v Espanyol at the Estadio El Madrigal.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Villarreal CF

    Manager: Miguel Ángel Lotina

  • RCD Espanyol

    Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

  • Line-up

    Expected Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • D. López
      • Mario
      • C. Zapata Yellow Card
      • M. Musacchio
      • J. Oriol
      • M. Senna Substitution Out (67′)
      • Bruno
      • B. Valero Substitution Out (86′)
      • Cani Substitution Out (67′)
      • M. Rubén
      • J. Camuñas


      • César Sánchez
      • C. Marchena
      • G. Rodriguez
      • J. de Guzman Substitution In86′
      • Ángel Substitution In67′
      • A. Martinuccio Substitution In67′
      • Castellani
    • Starting line-up

      • K. Casilla Yellow Card
      • J. López Substitution Out (58′)
      • R. Rodríguez
      • H. Moreno
      • Didac
      • R. Baena
      • C. Gómez Yellow Card
      • V. Weiss Yellow Card
      • J. Verdú
      • Sergio Garciá Substitution Out (63′)
      • K. Uche Yellow Card Substitution Out (82′)


      • W. Pandiani Substitution In82′
      • V. Sánchez
      • J. Forlín Substitution In58′
      • Romaric
      • J. Amat
      • &. Vázquez Substitution In63′
      • E. Badia
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