Mustafi’s brace leads Valencia over Villarreal

Villarreal, Spain ( – Shkodran Mustafi netted a pair of
second-half goals to lift Valencia to a 3-1 victory over Villarreal on Sunday
at the Camp El Madrigal.

Coming off an impressive 3-1 win over Elche in La Liga last week, the visitors
again hoped to get off to a fast start and they struck first with a bit of
luck after six minutes through a Manuel Trigueros own goal.

Mustafi found the back of the net in the 64th minute and he completed his
double for a 3-0 lead in the 73rd minute.

Trigueros atoned for his earlier error by scoring in the 88th minute for
Villarreal, but it was too little, too late as Valencia held on to claim all
three points with its second consecutive victory.

The result vaults Valencia into second place in La Liga with 23 points, one
behind Barcelona, while Villarreal remains in eighth place on 14 points.

Also in La Liga on Sunday, David Barra and Victor Casadesus found the back of
the net to lead Levante took a 2-1 win over Almeria at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Aritz Aduriz scored after 13 minutes to hand Athletic Bilbao a 1-0 result over
Sevilla at the San Mames.

Finally in La Liga, Jonathas netted a pair of goals to lift Elche off the
bottom of the La Liga table with a 2-1 win over Espanyol.