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Spanish Primera BBVA

El Madrigal (ATT 18,000) 19th January 2014 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: C Muniz Fernandez

Villarreal Villarreal vs Almeria Almeria

Villarreal 2

I Uche (3)
Bruno (pen 88)

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Villarreal move up to fourth

Last Updated: 19/01/14 6:26pm

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Ikechukwu Uche enjoys his goal

Ikechukwu Uche enjoys his goal

Villarreal moved to fourth place in the Primera Division standings thanks to a 2-0 victory over struggling Almeria on Sunday.

Ikechukwu Uche scored the opening goal in the third minute with Bruno Soriano making sure of the win with a late penalty after Jonathan Pereira was brought down by Rafita.

The result means Villarreal leapfrogged Athletic Bilbao into the Champions League qualifying spot, although the Biscay club are yet to play this weekend and will host Real Valladolid on Monday.

Almeria, meanwhile, missed the chance to move clear of the bottom three, instead remaining in 17th place, just three points clear.

Villarreal got the match off to the perfect start for the home fans when they claimed an early lead thanks to striker Uche.

The Nigeria international fired home with just over two and a half minutes on the clock from within the six-yard box after he got onto the end of Giovani dos Santos' ball from the right.

After the dream start, Villarreal struggled to create many more chances, with Almeria also lacking any real creativity up front

Soriano blazed a shot over the bar before Almeria's Marcos Tebar had a shot blocked by Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo before Alex Vidal was denied by Mateo Musacchio.

After the break, Marco Torsiglieri had a chance blocked by Villarreal midfielder Javier Aquino and the second half looked set to yield no more goals until Soriano's penalty three minutes before the final whistle killed off the game and give the home side the points.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 15 35
3 Atletico Madrid 15 32
4 Sevilla 15 30
5 Valencia 15 28
6 Villarreal 15 27
7 Malaga 15 27
8 Celta Vigo 16 20
9 Eibar 15 20
10 Athletic Bilbao 15 19
11 Espanyol 15 17
12 Rayo Vallecano 15 17
13 Getafe 15 16
14 Real Sociedad 15 14
15 Levante 15 14
16 Almeria 16 13
17 Deportivo La Coruna 15 13
18 Granada 15 12
19 Cordoba 15 11
20 Elche 15 10