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Tino Kadewere scores first La Liga goal as Mallorca beat 10 men Villarreal

Zimbabwean international forward Tino Kadewere was one of the scorers when his side Real Mallorca saw off visitors Villarreal 4-2 during a Spanish La Liga encounter that was played on Saturday.

It was Kadewere’s first La Liga goal in Mallorca colours since joining the club on loan from Olympique Lyon in August.

The 26-year-old who was making his first La Liga start in six months after having been previously introduced as a substitute on many occasions, gave Mallorca the lead in the 20th minute.

He tapped in from close range with his left foot to put Mallorca into an early lead following a square pass from Vedat Muriqi who provided the assist.

Few minutes later, the visitors were reduced to 10-men with Manu Trigueros being shown a straight red card for punching Dani Rodriguez who scored Mallorca’s second in the 45th minute.

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Rodriguez’s goal which was the third of the match after Villarreal had equalized in the 43rd minute to cancel Kadewere’s goal, restored the lead for Mallorca.

Villarreal leveled matters once again in the 50th minute but could not hold on to force a stalemate as Rodriguez put the home side in front for the second time in the 56th minute to grab himself a brace.

In the 63rd minute, Vedat Muriqi sealed the victory for Mallorca who jumped up to eighth position on the La Liga table with 31 points from 22 matches.

Reacting to the win, Mallorca manager Javier Aguirre said: “We are there where we have to be, we are very clear about the objective.

“At the moment it is February. With 31 points no one has been saved and there are no reasons to think otherwise.”

He added: “Remember, this win was against 10 players. We have to play a complete game with 11. It is true that it was not our fault that Villarreal were down to 10, but we are not going to deceive ourselves or deviate from our path.

“There were clearly avoidable mistakes today, especially the two goals we conceded.”