Betis: Guillermo Sara; Chica, Paulao, Amaya,
Didac; Lolo Reyes (Xavi Torres 79'), Matilla (Nacho 60'); Vadillo (Juanfran
66'), Verdú, Nosa Igiebor; Jorge Molina. 4-2-3-1.
Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo, Mario, Musacchio, Dorado, Jokic; Bruno, Trigueros (Tomás Pina 56'); Javier Aquino, Jonathan Pereira (Giovani 56'), Cani; Uche (Perbet 68'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 36. Nosa Igiebor. Following up after Asenjo saved shot from Verdú.
Yellow cards: Mario 09', Matilla 14', Vadillo 22', Amaya 52', Chica 61', Jokic 71', Cani 78', Lolo Reyes 78', Didac 88'.
Villarreal lost out on a chance to go third after they were beaten 1-0 to Betis, a first defeat for the East coast side since they were promoted in the summer. Real Madrid's defeat the day before opened the door for them to move up a place, and only a couple of good stops by Sara prevented Mario and Uche from scoring early on. Sergio Asenjo had to keep out Chica and Amaya at the other end a few minutes later, but Cani felt himself unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Lolo Reyes bundled him over in the area soon afterwards. The locals went ahead though with eight minutes to go to the break, Nosa turning a shot past Asenjo after the keeper could only push out a shot by Verdú, and after the restart Juanfran and Verdú came close to adding to the lead. However with the game in the dying minutes referee Delgado Ferreiro turned down a second penalty claim when Aquino was felled in the box, and that upset coach Marcelino so much that he was sent to the stands for his protests.