Villarreal came from behind to beat Real Betis 3-1 at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday evening. The win was Villarreal’s first win of the season after El Submarino Amarillo had started the season with back to back defeats.
Sergio Leon opened the scoring for the visitors after 11 minutes before Carlos Bacca equalised before half time. Samu Castillejo and Enes Unal scored second half goals for Villarreal to give them their first three points of the season to take the club up to 12th in the league table.
After a slow start the visitors went in front when Joaquin found space down the right and his cross was inch perfect for Leon who had burst into the penalty box and the striker powered his header past Mariano Barbosa in the home goal.
Betis managed to hold onto the lead for twenty minutes but when the equaliser came they may as well have wrapped it up and put a bow on it for Villarreal. Antonio Adan received a back pass from Jordi Amat but he took a heavy touch which allowed Carlos Bacca to dispossess him and the Colombian was cool and calm as he took a few touches to open an angle to the goal before blasting home.
On 61 minutes the hosts took the lead when Cedric Bakambu found Pablo Fornals on the left and he played an excellent first time pass across to Castillejo on the corner of the Betis box. He took a touch and came inside onto his left foot and curled a beautiful effort past Adan and into the top corner.
Fifteen minutes later the hosts secured the win when they got their third goal of the game. After some excellent passing down the right side of midfield Alvaro Gonzalez played a beautiful weighted pass to get Unal behind the Betis defence and the youngster took a touch to set himself before rifling past Adan to put the icing on the cake for his team.
Villarreal will naturally be delighted to get their first points of the season and they will now look to build on it when they get their Europa League campaign underway this weekend against Astana before they go to Deportivo Alaves in their next league game. For Betis it’s a disappointing result and they will now look to get back to winning ways when they host Deportivo La Coruna next weekend.