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Spanish Primera BBVA

El Madrigal (ATT 16,500) 3rd February 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: A Alvarez Izquierdo

Villarreal Villarreal vs Osasuna Osasuna

Villarreal 3

J Perbet (47, 75)
M Trigueros (55)

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Osasuna 1

O Riera (87)

Villarreal too good for Osasuna

Last Updated: 04/02/14 10:00am

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Jeremy Perbet: Netted twice for Villarreal

Jeremy Perbet: Netted twice for Villarreal

Substitute Jeremy Perbet scored twice as Villarreal eased to a 3-1 Primera Division win over struggling Osasuna.

Perbet and Manu Trigueros scored early in the second half to give the Yellow Submarine a deserved 2-0 lead and the Frenchman's second crowned a dominant display, despite Oriol Riera's late consolation.

The win leaves fifth-placed Villarreal three points behind Athletic Bilbao in the race for the final Champions League place, while Osasuna are two points above the relegation zone in 16th.

Ikechukwu Uche headed Manu Trigueros' early corner over and then fired in a left-foot shot from 20 yards which was held by goalkeeper Andres Fernandez.

The Nigerian was central to Villarreal's strong start and he was soon in the action again, testing Fernandez with an angled drive.

The keeper also denied Javier Aquino and Moises Gomez, while Osasuna's Jordan Loties forced Sergio Asenjo into his only save of the first half.

Villarreal 3-1 Osasuna

The game lost its most dynamic figure when Uche went off injured before the interval.

However, his replacement Perbet made an impact just over a minute into the second half, latching on to Gomez's pass and finishing low past Fernandez.

Gomez shot wide before Trigueros, teed up by Giovani Dos Santos, made it 2-0 with a low drive from 20 yards.

Osasuna were sparked into a response, but both Raoul Loe and Alvaro Cejudo were off target as they were restricted to shots from distance.

Giovani curled wide for Villarreal but they soon had the third, Jonathan Pereira's through-ball allowing Perbet to fire just inside the far post from the corner of the six-yard box.

Emiliano Armenteros missed a good chance to pull a goal back when, following a fluid length-of-the-field passing move, he failed to get enough on his header from Javier Acuna's cross and glanced the ball well wide.

Osasuna finally got on the scoresheet three minutes from the end, Riera at the near post expertly steering home Armenteros' cross, but it counted for little.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22