Villarreal and Espanyol played out a goalless stalemate at La Ceramica, in a game dominated by two goalkeepers.
The home side’s Mariano Barbosa and Espanyol’s Pau Lopez both impressed in a game where despite both teams mustering a combined 24 attempts, no goals were scored.
The Yellow Submarine had won three consecutive games in all competitions going into the encounter but were frustrated by the well-drilled Catalans, who are now unbeaten in two outings.
Villarreal move up to 9th, while Espanyol are now 16th in the early La Liga standings.
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