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Spanish Primera BBVA

Juegos Mediterraneos (ATT 7,000) 19th August 2013 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

Almeria Almeria vs Villarreal Villarreal

Almeria 2

Rodri (39, 74)


Villarreal 3

S Dubarbier (og 65)
G dos Santos (83)
J Pereira (86)

Villarreal sink Almeria

Last Updated: 20/08/13 12:04am

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Giovani dos Santos: Scored for his new club

Giovani dos Santos: Scored for his new club

Giovani dos Santos and Jonathan Pereira scored in the final seven minutes as Villarreal twice came from behind to see off fellow promoted side Almeria.

On-loan striker Rodri scored in either half, either side Sebastian Dubarbier's own goal just after the hour which levelled proceedings, to put Almeria on course for the three points in their Primera Division opener.

But Villarreal new boy Dos Santos equalised seven minutes from time before substitute Pereira sealed a dramatic victory for the Yellow Submarine soon after.

Villarreal took four points off Almeria in the Segunda Division last term, but were beaten 1-0 by the same opponents in the close season, going down to a second-half penalty.

It was Marcelino Garcia Toral's men who started this encounter in positive fashion with Hernan Perez and Soriano Bruno only just missing the target from outside the area.

Clear cut chances were at a premium in the opening stages although Bruno Soriano should have done better with a header from Dos Santos' corner, which was comfortably saved by Almeria goalkeeper Esteban.

Against the run of play, however, Francisco Rodriguez's men took a 37th-minute lead when Rodri converted from Rafita's right-wing cross.

Dos Santos headed wide just before the interval, while Mario Gaspar's drive from distance was easily saved by Esteban as Villarreal looked to level proceedings.

Their endeavour was rewarded in the 65th minute, albeit somewhat fortuitously, as Almeria defender Dubarbier's attempted clearance from Pereira's cross sailed into the net.

Yet the hosts re-took the lead nine minutes later thanks to another close range finish from Rodri.

The Barcelona B striker found the top corner following a cross from Suso, who is also on loan at Almeria this season.

However, their lead was short-lived as Dos Santos equalised in the 83rd minute, slotting home from six yards following Javier Aquino's cross from the right wing.

And the goalscorer turned provider three minutes later to turn the game on its head, with the former Barcelona and Tottenham midfielder finding Pereira, who drilled past Esteban.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 19 48
2 Barcelona 20 47
3 Atletico Madrid 20 44
4 Valencia 20 41
5 Sevilla 19 39
6 Villarreal 20 38
7 Malaga 20 32
8 Eibar 20 27
9 Espanyol 20 26
10 Rayo Vallecano 20 23
11 Real Sociedad 20 22
12 Celta Vigo 20 21
13 Athletic Bilbao 20 20
14 Getafe 20 20
15 Cordoba 20 18
16 Deportivo La Coruna 20 18
17 Elche 20 17
18 Almeria 20 16
19 Levante 20 16
20 Granada 20 15