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 Madrid335082
2Real Madrid336279
3Barcelona336578
4Athletic Bilbao332362
5Sevilla331456
6Villarreal331452
7Real Sociedad33651
8Valencia33044
9Espanyol33-541
10Levante33-1140
11Malaga33-838
12Celta Vigo33-1337
13Granada33-1637
14Rayo Vallecano33-3137
15Elche33-1735
16Osasuna33-2534
17Real Valladolid33-1832
18Getafe33-2231
19Almeria33-3030
20Real Betis33-3822