Villarreal: Diego López; Ángel,
Gonzalo, Marchena, Capdevila (Marco Rubén 61'); Cazorla, Bruno Soriano,
Borja Valero (Marcos Senna 69'), Cani; Nilmar, Rossi. 4-4-2.
Valencia: Moyà; Miguel (Dealbert 57'), Stankevicius, David Navarro (Banega 39'), Ricardo Costa, Bruno Saltor; Joaquín, Maduro, Tino Costa, Pablo Hernández; Aduríz (Soldado 75'). 5-4-1.
Goals: 0-1. 21. Aduríz. Turned ball in off Gonzalo after Capdevila deflected Joaquín cross. 1-1. 72. Rossi. Got on the end of Bruno's long cross from left to lift shot over Moyà.
Yellow cards: Maduro 14', David Navarro 32', Valero 48', Banega 56', Stankevicius 57', 80', Bruno Saltor 63', Joaquín 80', Cazorla 83', Tino Costa 83', Senna 89', Dealbert 89' / Stankevicius 80'.
Third and fourth placed Villarreal and Valencia lost ground on the two leaders after cancelling each other out in a 1-1 draw. Unai Emery surprised everyone lining up with five defenders, but his side went ahead in the twentieth minute when Aduríz got a foot to Joaquín's cross to turn the ball in off Gonzalo.
For the rest of the first half the locals were on the attack, Moyà saving well from Capdevila and Rossi, Cani and Cazorla shooting wide. Nilmar tested Moyà again a couple of times after the restart, and eventually Rossi got ahead of the defence to lift Bruno's cross past the keeper. But although Stankevicius was sent for a second bookable offence by an over-zealous referee, the visiting defence held on for a point which keeps them three points behind their neighbours.