Villarreal beat RCD Mallorca 3-0 at the Estadio de la Cerámica by playing well, and got the three points needed to return to feeling good after the defeat in Elche. The Submarine did their homework, and got the victory thanks to an own goal, a goal from Manu Trigueros, who has now equalled his best ever goalscoring season (seven in 2016/17) and a penalty taken perfectly by Dani Parejo.
Vicente Iborra had the first chance of the game with a header that ended up being deflected out for a corner. Not long later, the first goal arrived, with Franco Russo scoring an own goal. Almost immediately straight after, Moi Gómez could have made it 2-0, but Leo Román saved his shot from inside the box well.
After a few minutes where Villarreal continued to have possession of the ball and control of the game, but without many chances, Parejo tried his luck from the edge of the box after a lovely piece of team play, which the midfielder himself started with a nutmeg in his own half. Villarreal were dominating and creating danger. The second goal was on its way.
This time it was Trigueros who finished an Alfonso Pedraza low cross, after the left-back galloped down the left win and played the ball low across the box for the No.14 to fire home. It was 2-0 at the break.
In the second half, Villarreal were able to manage the game in the early stages, stopping the away side from getting any hopes of getting back into the match. Nicolas Jackson was the first change for Unai Emery, replacing Yeremy Pino. Alberto Moreno had a great long-range effort, which the opposition goalkeeper had to save at full stretch.
In the closing stages, Parejo scored from the penalty spot after Jackson was brought down in the box. After the final goal, the Basque manager gave Nikita Iosifov his LaLiga debut after his magnificent goal for the B team against CD Castellón in Primera RFEF midweek.
Villarreal CF: Rulli; Mario, R. Albiol, Pau, A. Pedraza; Iborra, Parejo (m. 90, Iosifov), M. Trigueros; Moi Gómez (m. 90, Dani Raba), Yeremy (m. 68, N. Jackson), Alberto M..
RCD Mallorca: Leo Román; Maffeo, Valjent, F. Russo, J. Costa; Dani Rodríguez (m. 76, Ángel), Battaglia, R. De Galarreta (m. 70, Salva Sevilla); Take (m. 70, Lee Kang In), Abdon (m. 57, F. Niño), Amath (m. 57, Sánchez).
Goals: 1-0. Min 12: F. Russo (OG). 2-0. Min 34: M. Trigueros. 3-0. Min 87: Parejo.
Referee: Ortiz Arias. Booked: Mario Gaspar (Villarreal CF). Sent off: F. Russo (RCD Mallorca).
Matchday information: Match between Villarreal CF y and RCD Mallorca, corresponding to Matchday 22 of the 2021/22 LaLiga Santander season, at the Estadio de la Cerámica. Attendance. 13,207.