Stunning save in the first half when he managed to divert Gonzalo’s header away. Provided invaluable command of his area in the latter stages of the game, near faultless display.
Right place, at the right time – but did the most important thing in the game by scoring the only goal. Formidable in defence, winning a lot of balls in the air.
Provided another option on the flank when he came forward from defence; sending in two wonderful crosses. In a defensive role was secure on the right, although Riki did get the run of him early on.
Did his job. It seems simple, but in truth he did it without any drama and managed to create balance and control throughout his team.
Started slowly, Nilmar had the run on him and looked like the weak link in Depor’s defence. Was lifted when he prevented a certain goal, getting his head on a Cazorla cross taking it away from two Villarreal players. Grew into the game and became stronger as the game went on.
Saw his long range efforts sail off target, when perhaps he had better options available. Ran all game, and relieved the pressure on his team late on by ensuring his side kept the ball.
Missed a decent chance with his head but assisted the goal when he knocked the ball down into an un-missable position. Added width, loved to be on the ball.
He was the player assigned the duty of shifting the attack. Sat infield, and looked to generate quick attacks with one or touch football. Never afraid of tackle and defined the term “playing for your team”.
Bit of magic in the first half when he found himself one-on-one, but he should have put his side ahead, only to be prevented by Diego Lopez. A thorn in Villarreal’s defence, and a willing runner.
Made some early runs showing Depor’s attacking intent. Showed a touch of class by controlling a high ball, bringing it dead. Had a go from a well placed free-kick, but didn’t have his shooting boots on today. Subbed.
Called into action in the first half and responded well. Was caught out on his line for the goal, when he should have come out and took command. Was called into action well outside of his domain twice, the second time he very nearly let Depor in again. Questionable.
Made some strong tackles, as Depor were forced to attack down the Villarreal right. Failed to capitalise on this by showing no attacking intent, reached the half-way line and then went no further.
Contributed good pressure in midfield but never looked at getting forward. Lacked any urgency, moved it sideways rather than forward.
Saw his header brilliantly saved by an in from Aranzubia. Solid defending in the first half, but seemed to fall under the intense pressure in the second. At fault for the goal with some poor marking.
There was no pushing forward on the right. He was pushed back all the way and was at fault for allowing Adrian to find himself one-one-one with Lopez.
Yellow carded, conceded the foul that lead to the goal and should have seen red for a second bookable offence. The free-kick which Deportivo scored from was needless to give away, he then failed to pick his man up allowing Lopo to score. Along with Mario was at fault for allowing Adrian through in the first-half.
Burst of intent from this player, but never continuous. Nearly sent Nilmar through but his pass was over-hit. Disinterested for large portions of the game.
Pressurised well, but lacked inventiveness when in possession. Never really got into the game and will be deeply frustrated with his performance. Subbed.
Most likely creator or scorer throughout the game for the men in Yellow. Worked hard, but as he was the only one the Depor defence crowded him out.
Set-piece master, but was unable to inspire his side today. Passed the ball well, but when he needed to turn it up a notch, he just didn’t have it in him.
Showed moments of class, but failed to deputise for the missing Rossi. Lacked that footballing edge which would have unlocked the Depor defence but wasn’t for lack of trying.
- 1 Xavi Oliva
- 15 Catalá
Came on for Marchena to loud applause. Created a bit more urgency, but was unable to find that moment which would have created the chance for Villarreal to change the game.
Didn't add anything to the man he replaced, Matilla. Moved the ball sideway opposed to looking for a forward pass. Caught too far up on occasions letting Deportivo counter at pace.
Brought on soon after the goal in the hope of adding some pace and meaning to the attacks. Failed to really get the game, but did provide some crosses into the box. Was his own player though, rarely came in side to link play.