Rayo: Joel; Tito, Arribas, Labaka, Casado (Lass
46'); Javi Fuego, Trashorras (Movilla 65'); Piti (Tamudo 46'), Michu,
Armenteros; Diego Costa. 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Diego López; Mario, Zapata, Musacchio, Joan Oriol; Borja Valero (Martinucchio 79'), Marcos Senna, Bruno, Cani (Camuñas 71'); Marco Rubén, Nilmar (Angel 52'). 4-4-2.
0-1. 28. Marco Rubén. Headed ball back in to net after Cani lob came off bar.
0-2. 84. Ángel. Ran on to Marco Rubén square pass and fired shot past Joel.
Yellow cards: Casado 03', Arribas 53', Bruno 58', Tito 59'.
Villarreal seem to be on the road to recovery under new coach Miguel Angel Lotina, and they moved six points clear of the drop zone after a 0-2 victory at Rayo Vallecano. The "Yellow Submarine" took the lead on the half hour mark, Marco Rubén following up after Cani's lob came back off the crossbar. Joel did well to keep out Rubén and Valero after the restart, and Armenteros headed a good chance straight at Diego López in reply. With six minutes to go though Angel made it two after Rubén passed across, and Diego López ensured the three points with late saves from Movilla and Diego Costa.