Villarreal moved inside a point of fourth-place Actual Madrid as Marcelino’s males saw their winning streak continue.
Rafael Benitez was denied a winning return to the Mestalla on Sunday as Genuine Madrid had been held 2-2 by Valencia although Villarreal left it late to beat Deportivo la Coruna 2-1.
Benitez has come under pressure right after a mixed season in Madrid but was afforded a generous welcome at a club he helped to two La Liga titles.
Madrid led 16 minutes in when Karim Benzema swept dwelling right after a slick move involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale only for Dani Parejo to level in the spot prior to half-time.
Soon after Mateo Kovacic was dismissed for any lunge on Andre Gomes shortly immediately after the hour, Bale believed he had snatched the points when he headed in Toni Kroos’ cross but Paco Alcacer was Valencia’s hero – earning Gary Neville’s side a deserved point seven minutes from time.
Madrid’s third consecutive winless game on the road permitted Villarreal to move within a point as Bruno’s brace downed Deportivo.
The Spaniard’s opener was cancelled out by Luis Alberto shortly immediately after the break but his penalty in the final minute extended Villarreal’s winning run in La Liga to 5 matches.
Their success at the Riazor allowed Athletic Bilbao to move up to sixth due to their 2-2 draw with Las Palmas.
The hosts will probably really feel unfortunate not to have claimed all 3 points, obtaining twice led by means of Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams but Las Palmas gained a precious point thanks to goals from Vicente Gomez and Tana.
Eibar picked up their initial away league win considering the fact that October using a thumping 4-0 victory at Genuine Betis – Ander Capa opening the scoring right after just 3 minutes ahead of Keko, Adrian and Borja Baston completed the rout.
Pepe Mel suggested he would resign immediately after their winless run was extended to six but Betis stay above Genuine Sociedad who could only hold lowly Rayo Vallecano 2-2 in Madrid.
Just after a run of five straight defeats – such as a 10-2 hammering by True Madrid – the hosts saw ambitions from Diego Llorente and Jozabed cancelled out by Aritz Elustondo and Bruma – the latter following up his strike at the Bernabeu from Wednesday.
Sevilla’s mini-revival came to a halt at Granada as first-half ambitions from Isaac Good results and Adalberto Penaranda helped guarantee a 2-1 win at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.
Vitolo pulled one back for the visitors early within the second half but Unai Emery’s men failed to claim a point – seeing Adil Rami earn a second yellow card a minute from time.