Villarreal bid farewell to the King’s Cup with a narrow 0-1 loss against Athletic Club at El Madrigal, the only goal scored by Williams. The Submarine needed to recover from the 3-2 result in the away match at San Mamés, but was unsuccessful.
With nine changes in the initial line-up that beat Sporting de Gijón at El Madrigal, the amarillos were unable to outmanoeuvre the Lions’ fierce defence.
Villarreal needed two goals to stay in the King’s Cup tournament. Despite this elimination, they are still a force to be reckoned with in the League, where they currently lie in fourth place, and in the UEFA Europa League, in which they will face SSC Napoli in the round of thirty-two.