Villarreal: Diego López; Ángel,
Gonzalo, Marchena, Capdevila; Cazorla, Bruno, Marcos Senna (Matilla 46'), Cani;
Nilmar (Mario 84'), Rossi (Marco Rubén 87'). 4-4-2.
Atlético: De Gea; Ujfalusi, Perea, Godín, Filipe Luis; Reyes, Paulo Assuncao (Tiago 57'), Raúl García, Simao (Fran Mérida 78'); Diego Costa (Diego Forlán 57'), Agüero. 4-4-2.
1-0. 09. Cani. Ran on to Nilmar through ball and touched shot past De Gea.
2-0. 52. Rossi. Picked up Cani pass and held off three defenders to score.
Yellow cards: Perea 20', Diego Costa 44', Reyes 45', Bruno 52', Rossi 58'.
Villarreal stay in second place, ahead of Barcelona on goal difference, after beating Atlético Madrid 2-0 in the last match on Sunday evening. Simao felt he should have had a penalty in the first minute, and Agüero had an early strike ruled out for a borderline offside, but soon afterwards Nilmar slipped the ball through for Cani to open the scoring. And after that the locals took control, Rossi and Nilmar going close before Rossi picked up a pass from Cani and held off three defenders before turning a shot inside De Gea's near post. The visiting keeper did well to save from Nilmar a few minutes later, but Atlético had another two penalty appeals turned down, and coach Quique Sánchez Flores was sent to the stands at the break for protesting. A good result though for Villarreal, who have won all six of their home games in all competitions this season.