Villarreal: Diego López; Ángel,
Marchena, Musacchio, Capdevila; Cazorla, Bruno, Borja Valero (Jefferson Montero
84'), Cani (Marcos Senna 70'); Nilmar (Matilla 84'), Rossi. 4-4-2.
Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, San José, Ustaritz, Aurtenetxe; Susaeta (De Marcos 29'), Javi Martínez, Gurpegui, Muniain (Gabilondo 46'); Toquero (Ion Vélez 68'), Llorente. 4-4-2.
0-1. 06. Llorente. Steered header wide of Diego López from Aurtenetxe's cross.
1-1. 39. Nilmar. Got on end of Valero's long cross to head past Iraizoz on far post.
2-1. 45. Cazorla. Intercepted bad Iraizoz clearance and passed ball back in to net.
3-1. 84. Rossi. Picked up Borja Valero pass and beat keeper with angled shot.
4-1. 92. Montero. Ran on to Bruno through ball and forced shot past Iraizoz.
Yellow cards: Aurtenetxe 18', 76', Borja Valero 19', Muniain 21', Musacchio 27', Cazorla 44', Gurpegui 62', De Marcos 69', Bruno 87' / red cards: Aurtenetxe 76'.
Villarreal must not be ruled out of the title race, at least not yet, and they are just two points behind second placed Barcelona after a convincing 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao. The Basque side took the lead in the sixth minute when Llorente headed Aurtenetxe's cross past Diego López. However after that the locals took command, Rossi going close a couple of times before Nilmar headed the equaliser from Borja Valero's long cross. Just before the break Villarreal took the lead with the silliest goal of the night, Iraizoz trying to pass to Ustaritz but only finding Cazorla, who played the ball back in to the net. After the restart Valero hit the outside of the post and Rossi missed a couple more chances, and with twelve minutes to go Athletic were left with ten men after Aurtenetxe picked up a second yellow card. Rossi finally got his reward a few minutes later after Valero put him though to turn a shot past Iraizoz, and Jefferson Montero wrapped things up in injury time after running on to a through ball from Bruno.