Villarreal 3-0 Sevilla: Yellow Submarines Sink Troubled Nervionenses

A vibrant performance from the home side left the Rojiblanocs with no answer...
Villarreal 3-0 Sevilla
La Liga Results/Standings

Villarreal produced their best display of the season to outplay a Sevilla side who woefully surrended to a 3-0 defeat at El Madrigal.

Giuseppe Rossi, Joseba Llorente and substitute Robert Pires did the damage to condemn caretaker coach Antonio Alvarez to a loss in his first match in charge of los Nervionenses, boosting their hopes of landing a European spot in la Primera.

Juan Carlos Garrido’s side had won their last three home matches, and given the week of turmoil suffered by the Andalucians, they sensed a wounded side straight from the kick-off. Garrido started with a three-pronged strike-force of Nilmar, Giuseppe Rossi and Joseba Llorente, and they set about ruthlessly exposing Sevilla’s fragile confidence.

It took the Yellow Submarines just five minutes to gain the advantage. Nilmar made ground on the left hand side and played an inch perfect cross into the path of Rossi, who made it two goals in two matches by sliding the ball into the net from close range.

The home side were completely dominant in the opening exchanges. Llorente squandered a decent chance, shooting straight at Palop, before the same player made no mistake moments later.

Nilmar was again involved, sweeping a cross to the back post that completely deceived Palop, who was caught hopelessly underneath the ball, and Llorente had the simplest of task to head the ball into the unguarded net.

It was no more than Villarreal deserved – this was a performance akin to the Villarreal of old, the Villarreal that were a joy to watch under Manuel Pellegrini, and at times Sevilla were left with absolutely no answer.

But for all that, Luis Fabiano missed a glorious chance on the half hour, latching on to a Negredo header but blasted his shot wide of the target from twelve yards.

That chance was an anomaly, though, in the flow of play of what was a fast-paced first half. Villarreal continued to attack; Capdevila headed inches over the crossbar from a Cani corner, then Rossi could not beat Palop when one-on-one with the Spanish shot-stopper.

Los Nervionenses were lucky to be only two down at the break, but at the start of the second period they could, and perhaps should, have immediately halved the deficit. Luis Fabiano, who had already squandered a golden opportunity in the first half, was played in by substitute Frederic Kanoute but shot straight at the legs of Diego Lopez, who spread himself brilliantly to block his effort.

The second half could not live up to the pace and goalmouth incident of the first, but Villarreal still managed to show glimpses of what they are capable of. Llorente almost scored a fabulous third, but his clever volley was instinctively tipped over the crossbar by Palop.

Sevilla rarely looked like causing Villarreal problems as the game progressed, and a Kanoute header from all of twenty yards that was easily gather by Lopez was the sum total of their efforts in the closing stages.

Rossi and Llorente both had chances to extend the advantage further, but their work had been done in the first half, and in the end it was veteran Robert Pires who rounded off the win, strolling on to a Rossi through ball to slot past the demoralised Palop and sel a comfortable evening's work for Villarreal.

They too may have their eyes on fourth place, while Sevilla have much more than their injury problems to worry them as the season draws to a close.

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