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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Tables
TeamPGDPTS
1Atletico Madrid385190
2Barcelona386787
3Real Madrid386687
4Athletic Bilbao382770
5Sevilla381763
6Villarreal381659
7Real Sociedad38759
8Valencia38-249
9Celta Vigo38-549
10Levante38-848
11Malaga38-745
12Rayo Vallecano38-3443
13Espanyol38-942
14Getafe38-1942
15Granada38-2541
16Elche38-2040
17Almeria38-2840
18Cordoba000
19Deportivo La Coruna000
20Eibar000