MX23RW : Thursday, December 13 21:15:26
Jan 25, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Jose Zorrilla
Real Valladolid
1-0
Villarreal
Rueda (40')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Half-Time Report: Jesus Rueda gives Real Valladolid lead

Villarreal trail against struggling Real Valladolid at half time in their La Liga encounter.

Struggling Real Valladolid are halfway to a vital win, which would boost their hopes of La Liga survival, after Jesus Rueda's goal gave them the lead at home to high-flying Villarreal.

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

The hosts' goal came five minutes before the break after a Fausto Rossi cross was headed home by the defender and beyond the reach of Sergio Asenjo.

Earlier in the half, the Yellow Submarine had their own opportunity to take the lead when Javier Aquino's effort from the edge of the box just before the half-hour mark drifted wide of goal following a corner.

But Valladolid had chances of their own and may feel aggrieved not to have taken the lead just moments before Rueda's opener when Daniel Larsson saw his right-foot shot from outside the area trickle wide.

A win for Villarreal would boost their quest to qualify for the Champions League, having started the game just two points behind fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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