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Asenjo denies Espanyol at death as Villarreal win

Published: Monday 24 February 2014, 23.52CET
Sergio Asenjo saved an added-time penalty as Villarreal CF just about held off RCD Espanyol's comeback to revive their hopes of taking fourth spot in Spain with a 2-1 victory.
Asenjo denies Espanyol at death as Villarreal win
Villarreal's Moi Gómez (No27) celebrates after making it 1-0 against Espanyol ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Monday 24 February 2014, 23.52CET

Asenjo denies Espanyol at death as Villarreal win

Sergio Asenjo saved an added-time penalty as Villarreal CF just about held off RCD Espanyol's comeback to revive their hopes of taking fourth spot in Spain with a 2-1 victory.

Sergio Asenjo saved Sergio García's added-time penalty as Villarreal CF resisted a thrilling comeback away to RCD Espanyol.

The visitors looked to be cruising following goals either side of half-time from Moi Gómez and Jérémy Perbet, but Espanyol responded well. Jhon Córdoba halved the deficit (77) and it was so nearly level soon after as Héctor Moreno flashed wide of the post. Still, when Gabriel handled late on García had the perfect chance to earn a point only for Asenjo to guess right.

Full time brought real relief for Marcelino's side, who went into the game after back-to-back defeats. There was much to enjoy, too, from the performance of 17-year-old Nahuel Leiva, who marked an exciting first Liga start by supplying the cross for Gómez's opening goal on 36 minutes. Perbet tapped in a second soon after the restart to double the lead. Then came the Espanyol comeback.

Villarreal held on for a win that moves them alongside Real Sociedad de Fútbol, four points adrift of Athletic Club in fourth. Espanyol remain tenth.

Last updated: 24/02/14 23.57CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 24/02/2014 23:51 CET

24/02/2014

EspanyolEspanyol1-2VillarrealVillarreal

Córdoba 77

Moi Gómez 36, Perbet 50

Venue: Barcelona

23/02/2014

OsasunaOsasuna3-0AtléticoAtlético

Cejudo 6, Armenteros 21, Torres 42

Venue: Pamplona

23/02/2014

ValenciaValencia2-1GranadaGranada

Paco Alcácer 64, Vezo 90+1

Piti 47

Venue: Valencia

23/02/2014

BetisBetis0-2AthleticAthletic

Muniain 34 (P), Fernandez 81

Venue: Sevilla

23/02/2014

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano0-1SevillaSevilla

Coke 57

Venue: Madrid

22/02/2014

AlmeríaAlmería0-0MálagaMálaga

Venue: Almeria

22/02/2014

Real SociedadReal Sociedad3-1BarcelonaBarcelona

Song 32 (og), Griezmann 54, Zurutuza 59

Messi 36

Venue: San Sebastian

22/02/2014

CeltaCelta1-1GetafeGetafe

Rafinha 59

Lafita 20

Venue: Pontevedra

22/02/2014

Real MadridReal Madrid3-0ElcheElche

Illarramendi 34, Bale 71, Isco 81

Venue: Madrid

21/02/2014

ValladolidValladolid1-1LevanteLevante

Guerra 52

Victor Casadesus 25

Venue: Valladolid

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