I could just re-post my summary of last Sunday's match away to
. But like the team, we all have our duties. And so you shall hear the tale of
entered the Villarreal starting XI at left back, while Rubén Cani effectively took Nilmar's place.
moved up front to pair (nominally) with
. A bit of a surprise that Miguel Ángel Lotina opted for a lone frontman at home, but Borja has succeeded as a second striker.
Osasuna played Nino (ex-Tenerife) and Ibrahima (ex-Atlético Madrid) up front, with Raúl García (also ex-Atlético) returning to the lineup. Unfortunately for us.
The opening minutes were a bit cagey, but Villarreal generally started on the front foot. It was a more open match than we have come to expect under Lotina, and the chances started to reflect that on the half-hour.
cross struck the bar from a fortuitous deflection, but more clear-cut opportunities were soon to come.
First Villarreal unlocked the Osasuna defense with a sweeping move, ending up on Costa's boot down the left. Ruben met a dangerous cross ...