Cristhian Stuani scored the only goal as Girona beat Villarreal for their first win of the season.
After a long kick from goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, Borja Garcia broke into the Yellow Submarine’s half, feeding to the Uruguayan to net his first of the season.
Villarreal had several chances to get on the scoresheet at Estadio de La Cerámica, with one disallowed by VAR and another cleared off the line.
Girona have endured a difficult start to the season, for their surprise rise last year, gaining just one point from their opening matches has already seen them listed as potential relegation battlers.
But with Villarreal also looking for a first win, it was no shock that both sides looked desperate to gain the three points.
Gerard Moreno was guilty of missing chances, and the home side were made to pay when Bounou launched the ball up field, with Stuani nodding down into the feet of Borja Garcia.
The midfielder drove through the open spaces in Villarreal’s half, before feeding it back to his Uruguayan team-mate.
And Stuani, scorer of 33 La Liga goals last season, did not miss, lifting it over the oncoming Sergio Asenjo in the Yellow Submarine goal.
Girona held on to earn a 1-0 win and all three points and Villarreal boss Calleja has touched on his side’s poor performance.
Speaking to reporters after the game, the coach said: “The work we are doing is slowly getting us points, today has been a tough match against a good team and that is very hard to do at their ground.
“We changed our system a little bit to suit our players and we have done well.”
Finally, speaking after the closure of the transfer window in Spain – Eusebio revealed his delight at keeping hold of attacker Portu, who was heavily linked with Sevilla.
“I am happy that Portu continues here. He is a very important player for us.”