Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo, Mario, Gabriel Paulista, Pantic (Manu Trigueros 66’), Jokic; Moi Gómez, Bruno, Tomás Pina, Nahuel (Oliver Torres 46’); Perbet (Uche 46’), Giovani. 4-4-2.
Betis: Antonio Adán; Juanfran (Juanma 75’), Jordi Figueras, Amaya, Didac; N’Diaye; Leo Baptistao (Chica 56’), Nono (Braian Rodríguez 82’), Salva Sevilla, Cedrick; Rubén Castro. 4-1-4-1.
1-0. 70. Bruno (penalty). After Chica brought down Uche inside penalty area.
1-1. 84. Rubén Castro. Got between markers to head Didac cross past Asenjo.
Yellow cards: Didac 45’, Salva Sevilla 52’, Uche 61’, 79’, Amaya 67’, Chica 68’ / red cards: Uche 79’.
Fifth placed Villarreal were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom club Betis on Sunday lunchtime, a result which left them six points behind fourth placed Athletic Bilbao. Tired but euphoric after their midweek win at Rubin Kazan (which sets up a next round tie with city neighbours Sevilla), the visitors held their own in a quiet first half, keepers Adán and Asenjo having to save from Moi Gómez and Leo Baptistao. With twenty minutes to go however referee Iglesias Villanueva awarded a hotly disputed penalty to the locals when Chica got a foot to the ball but also brought down Uche, Bruno stepping up to convert the spot kick. Eight minutes later though Uche was sent off after picking up a harsh second yellow card, and with five minutes left on the clock Rubén Castro headed the equalizer from Didac’s cross. That set up a frantic last few minutes, with the two keepers making important stops from Giovani and N’Diaye in injury time.