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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 Barcelona 38 94
2 Real Madrid 38 92
3 Atletico Madrid 38 78
4 Valencia 38 77
5 Sevilla 38 76
6 Villarreal 38 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 55
8 Celta Vigo 38 51
9 Malaga 38 50
10 Espanyol 38 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 46
13 Elche 38 41
14 Levante 38 37
15 Getafe 38 37
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 35
17 Granada 38 35
18 Eibar 38 35
19 Almeria 38 32
20 Cordoba 38 20