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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TeamPGDPTS
1Real Madrid245260
2Barcelona255559
3Atletico Madrid242853
4Valencia242250
5Sevilla241245
6Villarreal241644
7Malaga25041
8Espanyol25-432
9Celta Vigo24131
10Rayo Vallecano25-1529
11Real Sociedad24-627
12Eibar24-827
13Athletic Bilbao24-1027
14Getafe25-1326
15Deportivo La Coruna25-1825
16Almeria25-1724
17Elche24-2323
18Levante25-2722
19Granada25-2419
20Cordoba25-2118