Villarreal: Barbosa; Mario, Bonera, Víctor Ruíz, Jaume Costa; Roberto Soriano (Cheryshev 57‘), Rodri, Chuca (Sansone 64‘), Pablo Fornals; Bacca (Raba 82‘), Bakambu. 4-4-2.
Málaga: Roberto; Rosales, Luis Hernández, Baysse, Juankar; Recio, Adrián González; Keko (Borja Bastón 80‘), Juanpi (En-Nesyri 69‘), Chory Castro (Jony 75‘); Peñaranda. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 68. Sansone. Steered header past Roberto after Bacca lifted ball across.
2-0. 76. Sansone. Controlled long Fornals pass and ran on to beat keeper.
Yellow cards: Chory Castro 32’, Peñaranda 38’, Chuca 45’, Adrián González 60’, Juankar 75’, Jaume Costa 81’, Recio 83’.
Villarreal are up to fifth in the table after they beat Málaga 2-0, the result leaving the Andalusians back at the bottom of the pile after Alavés won the day before. Substitute Sansone got both goals after the break, the first a header after Bacca played the ball across, and the second a shot on the run after Fornals put him through. The locals could have won by a bigger margin though had Bakambu not had three goals ruled out (albeit correctly) for offside.