First Division - Day 21

Deportivo 3 - Villarreal 0

Deportivo: Aranzubia; Manuel Pablo, Lopo, Ze Castro, Filipe Luis; De Guzmán, Antonio Tomás; Lafita (Pablo Alvarez 87'), Valerón (Juan Rodríguez 76'), Verdú; Riki (Lassad 83'). 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Diego López; Javi Venta, Godín, Fuentes, Capdevila; Cazorla, Eguren (Joan Tomás 65'), Marcos Senna, Pires (Mati Fernández 65'); Guille Franco (Ibagaza 44'), Llorente. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Deportivo: Aranzubia, Riki for Munúa, Bodipo / Villarreal: Javi Venta, Godín, Eguren, Guille Franco for Ángel, Cygan, Bruno, Rossi.

1-0. 02. Lafita. Ran on to Riki's headed pass and beat keeper from wide angle.
2-0. 61. Lafita. Picked up Riki pass and fired deflected shot wide of Diego López.
3-0. 67. Riki. Cut in from right wing and curled shot inside keeper's far post.

Yellow cards: Manuel Pablo 17', Javi Venta 34', Lopo 72', Verdú 79', Ibagaza 79'.

Deportivo moved up to sixth, just a point now behind Villarreal after they beat Pellegrini's side 3-0. Lafita started things off in the second minute, beating Diego López from a wide angle after Riki had headed on a long kick from Aranzubia.

Riki went close and had a headed goal disallowed for offside before the break, and Verdú and Riki both fired shots wide after the restart. Villarreal's only real chance was a possible penalty appeal by Cazorla, but with an hour on the clock Lafita picked up Riki's headed pass and drove in a long shot which took a deflection off a defender to wrong-foot the keeper.

Six minutes later it was all over after Riki picked up Verdú's long ball and cut in past Capdevila to clip a shot in off the far post. The visitors could have pulled one back late on when Filipe tripped Mati Fernández in the area, but Aranzubia dived to save Marcos Senna's penalty and round off a perfect night for the fans in the Riazor stadium.