Málaga: Rubén; Kris Stadsgaard,
Iván González (Sebas Fernández 65'), Weligton, Mtiglia
(Juanmi 82'); Fernando, Sandro Silva, Apoño (Manu Torres 59'); Quincy,
Rondón, Eliseu. 4-3-3.
Villarreal: Diego López; Ángel, Marchena, Musacchio, Capdevila; Cazorla, Bruno, Marcos Senna, Borja Valero (Gonzalo 83'); Nilmar (Marco Rubén 80'), Rossi (Cani 69'). 4-4-2.
1-0. 04. Eliseu. Struck shot from edge of area in to near top corner of net.
1-1. 21. Cazorla. Shot from edge of area which deflected in off defender.
1-2. 23. Rossi. Ran on to Nilmar's long pass and turned shot past Rubén.
2-2. 29. Rondón. Got between defence to head Quincy cross in on far post.
2-3. 33. Cazorla. Picked up Nilmar pass and fired angled shot past keeper.
Yellow cards: Nilmar 38', Marchena 43', Manu Torres 61', Musacchio 73' / red cards: Eliseu 43'.
The best was saved to last this weekend, with Villarreal beating Málaga 2-3 in the Monday night game to move up to second in the table. Eliseu opened the scoring for the Andalusians in the fourth minute with a spectacular shot following Apoño's short free kick. However the visitors turned the scoreline around with two goals in as many minutes midway through the first half, Cazorla firing in a shot which deflected in to the net off Apoño's foot, and Rossi running on to Nilmar's through ball to roll a shot past Rubén. Rondón levelled the scores again soon afterwards, heading in a good cross from Quincy on the far post, but Cazorla restored the lead with just over half an hour gone after a quick passing move with Rossi and Nilmar. The locals were left with ten men however when Eliseu was sent off after clashing with Marchena, and after that things quietened down. Fernando had a possible equaliser ruled out after the break though for offside, and Nilmar and Cazorla both failed to convert further chances late on.