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2016/2017 Spanish Primera División
  • Ramis (80')
  • Pedro León (87')
  • Bruno (41' PEN)

Eibar leave it late to send Villarreal to first defeat

Late goals from Ivan Ramis and Pedro Leon sealed a dramatic 2-1 win for Eibar and handed visitors Villarreal their first defeat of the new La Liga season.

Fran Escriba's side had looked set for a third straight domestic win when captain Bruno put them ahead from the penalty spot four minutes before half-time.

But the home side, looking to recover from five games without a win, responded in superb fashion only to be denied repeatedly by visiting goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.

The home side started marginally better with Leon having the best early chance before a foul on Nicola Sansone in the box allowed Bruno to net the opener from the spot.

Asenjo's acrobatic stop from Florian Lejeune denied the hosts an equaliser before half-time, and after the break he also denied Leon, Sergi Enrich and Kike.

The home side finally got the leveller they deserved 10 minutes from time when defender Ramis swept home inside the box after Lejeune headed on a set-piece.

Cedric Bakambu came close to putting Villarreal back in front three minutes later when he headed agonisingly wide from a Rafael Santos Borre pass.

And Eibar grabbed their winner in the 87th minute following a swift counter-attack, with Enrich playing in Leon to hit a right-footed shot past Asenjo.

A first defeat of the campaign meant Villarreal missed the chance to move up to third in LaLiga, just two points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 24 +51 62
2 Atletico Madrid 24 +27 55
3 Valencia 24 +19 46
4 Real Madrid 23 +29 45
5 Sevilla FC 24 -4 39
6 Villarreal 24 +6 38
7 Eibar 24 -4 35
8 Girona 24 +4 34
9 Real Betis 24 -9 33
10 Celta Vigo 23 +7 32
11 Getafe 23 +5 30
12 Real Sociedad 24 +1 29
13 Leganes 23 -5 29
14 Athletic Bilbao 24 -3 28
15 Alavés 24 -11 28
16 Espanyol 24 -10 27
17 Levante 24 -17 20
18 Las Palmas 24 -34 18
19 Deportivo La Coruña 24 -29 17
20 Málaga 24 -23 13

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