Villarreal: Diego López; Mario Gaspar,
Gonzalo, Marchena (Cicinho 63'), Capdevila (Matilla 75'); Cani (Nicki Bille
75'), Bruno, Borja Valero, Cazorla; Nilmar, Rossi. 4-4-2.
Levante: Munúa; Javi Venta, Ballesteros, Nano, Del Horno, Juanfran; Valdo (Xisco Nadal 89'), Xavi Torres, Pallardó, Xisco Muñoz (Rafa Jordà 78'); Stuani (Juanlu 80'). 5-4-1.
0-1. 47. Valdo. Ran on to long Xisco Muñoz pass and rounded keeper to score.
Yellow cards: Stuani 38', Ballesteros 53', Javi Venta 56', Marchena 58', Xisco Muñoz 70', Pallardó 75', Gonzalo 86', Juanfran 86', Munúa 90'.
Third placed Villarreal were surprised by struggling neighbours Levante, a 0-1 defeat leaving them still six points behind Real Madrid. Juan Carlos Garrido's team had only dropped two points at home all season, but they were pegged back from the start, with Stuani heading just wide and Diego López having to save from Juanfran. Rossi brought a good save out of Munúa close to half time, but immediately after the restart Stuani almost beat López before Valdo ran on to Xisco Muñoz's high pass to round the keeper and score. Rossi went close with a free kick after that, but the visitors could have added to their lead in the end. A second win in a row for Levante, and they are now only a point away from safety.