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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Villarreal21104224
2EibarEibar11003123
3Celta Vigo11002113
4Atletico MadridAtletico11001013
5Barcelona11001013
6Espanyol210123-13
7Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo10100001
8Malaga10100001
9Rayo Vallecano10100001
10Real Madrid10100001
11Real Sociedad10100001
12Sevilla10100001
13Sporting GijonSporting Gijon10100001
14Valencia10100001
15Real Betis10101101
16Levante100112-10
17Athletic Bilbao100101-10
18Getafe100101-10
19Las PalmasLas Palmas100101-10
20Granada100113-20