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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

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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 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25