Gerard Moreno scored a pair of first-half objectives as Villarreal defeated 10-man Actual Betis 2-Zero on Wednesday to maneuver nearer to a Champions League spot within the Spanish league. It was Villarreal’s fifth win in six matches after the pandemic break, shifting it three factors being fourth-place Sevilla with 5 rounds remaining. It’s two factors forward of sixth-place Getafe, which visits chief Actual Madrid on Thursday.
It’s the first time this season Villarreal has been as excessive as fifth within the league standings.
A 2-2 draw in opposition to Sevilla at house was Villarreal’s solely setback after the league resumed final month.
Moreno transformed a seventh-minute penalty kick and added to the lead from inside the realm within the 30th to develop into the league’s top-scoring Spaniard with 15 objectives. Actual Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema has 17 objectives and Barcelona’s Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi has 22.
Betis performed a person down your complete second half at its Benito Villamarín Stadium as Nabil Fekir was despatched off after being proven yellow playing cards a couple of minutes aside in first-half stoppage time.
Betis, whose solely win after the break got here in opposition to last-place Espanyol, stayed in 13th place.
Valencia misplaced 2-Zero to Athletic Bilbao at house for its third straight defeat, dropping to 10th place and shifting additional away from the qualification spots for the European competitions.
It was the group’s first match since coach Albert Celades was fired on Monday. The group’s solely win because the league resumed got here in opposition to midtable Osasuna.
Raúl García scored a objective in every half for Athletic, which moved to seventh place with its second consecutive win.
Granada stayed within the combat for a Europa League spot with a 2-Zero win at Alavés, whereas Valladolid missed a penalty kick late in second-half stoppage time in a 0-Zero draw in opposition to Levante.
Actual Madrid on Thursday has an opportunity to open a four-point hole to second-place Barcelona, which was held by Atlético Madrid to a 2-2 draw at house on Tuesday.