Villarreal go second in La Liga

Five goals in first 33 minutes before Malaga's Eliseu sent off eight minutes later for fourth straight Villarreal win.

    Villarreal's Nilmar, left, tries to burst past Kris Stadsgaard at the Rosaleda stadium [AFP]

    Two goals from Spain winger Santi Cazorla helped Villarreal climb to second place in the Spanish Primera Liga with a 3-2 comeback win away to 10-man Malaga.

    All five goals came in a topsy-turvy opening 33 minutes with the game settling down only after Malaga's Portuguese forward Eliseu was sent off in the 41st, allowing the visitors to take control.

    Villarreal continued their strong start to the campaign, racking up their fourth consecutive league win to move on to 12 points from five matches, one short of leaders and near neighbours Valencia.

    Barcelona are third on goal difference, with Real Madrid fourth on 11 points.

    Eliseu gave Malaga a fourth-minute lead after a free kick but two goals in three minutes turned the game on its head, Cazorla firing in a deflected shot and Italy's Giuseppe Rossi netting a fine solo effort in the 24th.

    Jose Rondon headed Malaga level in the 30th after good work from Quincy Owusu-Abeiye down the left, but the score changed again after only a few minutes.

    Cazorla, who missed out on Spain's World Cup finals squad because of an injury-interrupted season last year, proved he was back to his best with a superb winner cracked in from outside the area.

    Just before the break, Spain defender Carlos Marchena got Eliseu sent off after theatrically falling to the ground clutching his face as the two went forehead to forehead.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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