With a triple, Villarreal surpasses Valladolid

Villarreal opened the new La Liga season with a 3-0 win over hosts Valladolid in Saturday’s opening round, which also saw a thrilling 2-2 draw between Espanyol and hosts Celta Vigo.

The Yellow Submarines earned their first three points of the season in the first game at the Stade Nuevo José Zuriela, thanks to goals from Senegalese Nicolas Jackson (49) and Alex Baena (81 and 90).

In the second game, while Celta Vigo looked to be on their way to victory thanks to two goals from veteran Yago Aspas (45+2) and Portugal’s Gonzalo Basencia (63), Eduardo Exposito reduced the score to Espanyol (72) before the Catalan side was fatally awarded a fatal penalty after returning to VAR technology in the fourth minute of extra time following a mistake by Oscar Mengueza on Josilo, who successfully took the kick (90+

Espanyol earned a costly point, while Celta Vigo lamented the loss of three points that were within reach.

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