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Villarreal's happy return as Rayo beat Elche

Published: Monday 19 August 2013, 23.54CET
Villarreal CF scored twice in the last seven minutes to win their Liga comeback at fellow promoted side UD Almería but Elche CF lost their first top-flight game for 24 years.
Villarreal's happy return as Rayo beat Elche
Rayo's Alberto Bueno ensured Elche started with a loss ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 19 August 2013, 23.54CET

Villarreal's happy return as Rayo beat Elche

Villarreal CF scored twice in the last seven minutes to win their Liga comeback at fellow promoted side UD Almería but Elche CF lost their first top-flight game for 24 years.

Villarreal CF scored twice in the last seven minutes to win their Liga return at fellow promoted side UD Almería but Elche CF lost their first top-flight game for 24 years 3-0 at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid.

Almería, who came up through the play-offs, struck first as Rodri broke the deadlock on 39 minutes, set up by fellow on-loan player Suso. Another Almería debutant Sebastián Dubarbier put through an own goal after the break but Rodri struck again with 16 minutes to go. However Giovani dos Santos levelled again and with four minutes left substitute Jonathan Pereira clinched a 3-2 success for Villarreal.

Segunda División champions last season, Elche suffered defeat at Vallecano. Alberto Bueno scored either side of an Alberto Perea effort to complete the second biggest win of the opening Liga weekend after FC Barcelona's 7-0 defeat of Levante UD.

RC Celta de Vigo, who stayed up on their Liga return by a single point on the final day last season, went two up against RCD Espanyol when Alejandro López and Charles scored either side of the break for Celta. However, Víctor Sánchez pulled one back and with 15 minutes left and Theivy Bifouma made it 2-2.

Last updated: 05/09/13 11.45CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 23/10/2013 18:42 CET

19/08/2013

AlmeríaAlmería2-3VillarrealVillarreal

Rodri 39, 74

Dubarbier 65 (og), Dos Santos 83, Jonathan Pereira 86

Venue: Almeria

19/08/2013

CeltaCelta2-2EspanyolEspanyol

López Sánchez 42, Dias de Oliveira 46

Víctor Sánchez 53, Bifouma 75

Venue: Pontevedra

19/08/2013

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano3-0ElcheElche

Alberto Bueno 40, 74, Alberto Perea 44

Venue: Madrid

18/08/2013

SevillaSevilla1-3AtléticoAtlético

Perotti 37

Diego Costa 35, 79, Cristian Rodríguez 90+2

Venue: Sevilla

18/08/2013

Real MadridReal Madrid2-1BetisBetis

Benzema 26, Isco 86

Molina 14

Venue: Madrid

18/08/2013

OsasunaOsasuna1-2GranadaGranada

Puñal 57

El Arabi 38, Yebda 45+2

Venue: Pamplona

18/08/2013

BarcelonaBarcelona7-0LevanteLevante

Alexis Sánchez 3, Messi 12, 42 (P), Daniel Alves 24, Pedro Rodríguez 26, 73, Xavi Hernández 45

Venue: Barcelona

17/08/2013

ValenciaValencia1-0MálagaMálaga

Ricardo Costa 64

Venue: Valencia

17/08/2013

ValladolidValladolid1-2AthleticAthletic

Ebert 31

Susaeta 28, Muniain 50

Venue: Valladolid

17/08/2013

Real SociedadReal Sociedad2-0GetafeGetafe

Vela 42, Seferovic 70

Venue: San Sebastian

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