Jan 25, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Jose Zorrilla
Real Valladolid
1-0
Villarreal
Rueda (40')
Pena (55'), Rubio (69'), Guerra (72'), Rukavina (89')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Real Valladolid hold on to beat Villarreal

Jesus Gueda scores the only goal as struggling Real Valladolid beat fifth-placed Villarreal in La Liga

Villarreal's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League were dealt a blow tonight as they fell to a defeat away to struggling Real Valladolid in La Liga.

The visitors did have a good chance to take the lead midway through the first half when Javier Aquino's shot from the edge of the area flew wide of goal.

Valladolid's defender Jesus Jesus Rueda celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Valladolid FC vs Villarreal CF at Jose Zorrila stadium in Valladolid on January 25, 2014© Getty Images

Jesus Rueda scored five minutes before the break to give his side a crucial lead when he latched onto Fausto Rossi's cross to head the ball beyond the reach of Sergio Asenjo.

Seconds earlier, the hosts almost had a goal when Daniel Larsson's right-footed drive from the edge of the area was inches wide of Asenjo's post.

Valladolid almost put daylight between themselves and a below-par Villarreal when another Rossi cross was met by Stefan Mitrovic and his header went narrowly past the post.

With 13 minutes remaining, Villarreal's best chance to get back on level terms went begging when Manu Trigueros's through-ball reached Ikechukwu Uche, but his shot was straight at Real keeper Diego Marino and the hosts were able to hang on for victory.

The result means that Villarreal remain outside the top four in the league table, while Valladolid's hopes of survival are boosted.

Valladolid's defender Jesus Jesus Rueda celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Valladolid FC vs Villarreal CF at Jose Zorrila stadium in Valladolid on January 25, 2014
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