The seven Villarreal CF national team members played key roles for their countries. Albiol, Gerard and Cazorla were starters in the game between Spain and Malta (7-0), while Pau came on in the second half as a substitute for the captain Sergio Ramos.
To cap off a great weekend which ended up being a goal fest for La Roja at the Ramón de Carranza, three of the four Yellows playing scored against Malta. Cazorla was the first on the scoresheet, with the second in the 41st minute. Then in the second half, Pau, who had just come on, debuted with a stunning chested finish. The finishing touch to the excellent performance from the Villarreal players was Gerard's goal, the sixth of the game, having already provided three assists.
The Spanish national team will play again tonight against Romania in the Wanda Metropolitano (8:45pm) to put an end to their qualification stage for the Euro 2020 competition.
The Nigerian forward, Samu Chukwueze, was crucial and scored the second goal in their win over Lesohto in the qualifying game for the African Cup of Nations (2-4). Lastly, Anguissa and Toko Ekambi featured in the narrow win for Cameroon against Rwanda (0-1). The Cameroonian midfielder was key and played the full 90 minutes, while the Yellows striker came on as a substitute in the 63rd minute.
In their other game, Nigeria beat Benin 2-1, whilst Cameroon and Cape Verde played out a goalless draw. Both games were qualifying games for the African Cup of Nations.
The schedules of the matches played by the Villarreal CF internationals are as follows:
Santi Cazorla, Gerard Moreno, Raúl Albiol and Pau Torres (Spain):
- Friday, 15th November: Spain-Malta (7-0).
- Monday, 18th November: Spain vs Romania, 8:45pm CET, Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Toko Ekambi and Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon):
- Wednesday, 13th November: Cameroon vs Cape Verde (0-0).
- Sunday, 17th November: Rwanda vs Cameroon (0-1).
Samu Chukwueze (Nigeria):
- Wednesday, 13th November: Nigeria vs Benin (2-1).
- Sunday, 17th November: Lesotho vs Nigeria (2-4).