Madrid - Villarreal warmed-up for the
second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Liverpool by sealing
fourth place in La Liga with a 2-0 win at Valencia on Sunday.
The Yellow Submarine are now guaranteed at
least a place in the Champions League qualifiers for the first time in four
years, but could gain direct entry to the group stages should they go on to win
the club's first major honour in the Europa League.
First-half goals from Samuel Garcia and
Adrian Lopez - who also struck the stoppage time winner in the 1-0 frist leg
success over Liverpool - moved Villarreal six points clear of Athletic Bilbao
with two games to play.
However, Marcelino's men cannot be
overtaken by the Basques due to their superior head-to-head record.
Athletic leapfrogged Celta Vigo into fifth
as they came from behind to beat the Galicians 2-1 earlier on Sunday.
Fabian Orellana opened the scoring for
Celta before Aritz Aduriz equalised with his 34th goal of the season from the
Gustavo Cabral was then sent-off for
kicking Aduriz in the head and Athletic made the man advantage count when Raul
Garcia struck the winner 18 minutes from time.
At the bottom of the table, Getafe gave
their chances of survival a huge boost with a 2-0 win at 10-man Deportivo la Coruna
thanks to goals from Pedro Leon and Carlos Vigaray.
Getafe are now tied with Sporting Gijon and
Rayo Vallecano on 35 points, but remain in the bottom three due to their
inferior head-to-head record against Rayo.
Espanyol moved to the brink of mathematically
securing their place in the top flight for next season as Felipe Caicedo's
winner handed them a 1-0 win over Sevilla to move five points clear of the