Result: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Villarreal

Villarreal pull further away from the relegation zone in La Liga with a 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano.

Villarreal have pulled further away from the relegation zone in La Liga with a 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano.

Marcos Ruben put the away side in front after 19 minutes thanks to his powerful header.

The striker could have doubled his side's lead from the penalty spot just before the hour when goalkeeper Jose Arribas had committed a foul. However, Ruben was wayward with his kick as the score remained 1-0.

The Argentine cancelled out his earlier miss with five minutes left when he played in Angel Lopez, who fired home to seal the win.

Sixteenth-placed Villarreal are now six points clear of the drop zone, while Vallecano stay 11th.

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1Real Madrid154239
2Barcelona163438
3Atletico Madrid161735
4Valencia161631
5Villarreal161330
6Sevilla15830
7Malaga16530
8Celta Vigo16-120
9Eibar16-320
10Espanyol16-420
11Athletic Bilbao16-619
12Getafe16-817
13Rayo Vallecano16-1417
14Real Sociedad16-515
15Levante16-1815
16Almeria16-1113
17Deportivo La Coruna16-1413
18Granada16-1613
19Cordoba16-1611
20Elche16-1910