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Villarreal fires coach Escriba after team's poor start

VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) Villarreal has fired coach Fran Escriba after the team's disappointing start in the Spanish league.

The announcement comes a day after Villarreal's 4-0 loss at Getafe, the team's third defeat in six league games. The result left Villarreal in 14th place in the 20-team standings with seven points.

Villarreal opened with two losses but appeared to be recovering with two wins and a draw. It also won its opening Europa League game, against Astana. It plays its second match at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday.

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