Jan 16, 2016 at 7.30pm UK at ​Estadio El Madrigal
Real Betis

Ruiz (24'), Castillejo (94')

Petros (79')

Result: Real Betis halt Villarreal winning streak

Villarreal miss the chance to move third in La Liga ahead of Real Madrid having seen their six-match winning streak end in a goalless draw with managerless Real Betis.

Villarreal have missed the chance to leapfrog Real Madrid into third place having been held to a goalless draw by managerless Real Betis at El Madrigal this evening.

The result brings Villarreal's six-match winning streak in La Liga to an end while also ending a run of five straight defeats for Betis, although the visitors are now without a win in 10 games and have failed to even score in their last seven.

Alphonse 'Don't Touch My' Areola and Ruben Castro in action during the game between Villarreal and Real Betis on January 16, 2016© AFP

The match was Betis's first since sacking Pepe Mel for a second time earlier this week, but they almost fell behind inside two minutes when Roberto Soldado hit the post having found space to shoot inside the penalty area.

Having survived that early scare, the visitors began to grow into the match a little more and Villarreal were indebted to Alphonse Areola when he denied Ruben Castro from close range after 15 minutes.

The hosts responded with another chance of their own midway through the first half as Cedric Bakambu had a go from the edge of the box, only to see his shot fly narrowly past the post.

Adrian Marin and Foued Kadir in action during the game between Villarreal and Real Betis on January 16, 2016© AFP

Areola was called upon again shortly before half time to keep the scores level, this time denying Fabian Ruiz from inside the six-yard box.

Betis struggled to create as many chances in the second half, but they also did a good job of keeping Villarreal at bay, starting with a block to deny Jonathan dos Santos a little over 10 minutes after the interval.

Bruno sent a free kick whistling past the upright with 15 minutes remaining before Adrian Marin danced his way past a number of players into the box, only to see his low strike stopped by Antonio Adan.

Neither side could find the crucial breakthrough in the closing stages, though, with the point taking Villarreal level with Real Madrid and lifting Betis up a spot to 14th.

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