Getafe botched the chance to gain an edge in the chase of the LaLiga Champions League, as they played a 0-0 stalemate for Espanyol basement young men at home.
In the early stages of the game, in a, for the most part, deadened affair, the European hopefuls have failed to take advantage of the away side going down to ten men. With just 15 minutes of play on Espanyol’s Luis Montero, Bernardo Espinosa was given a straight red for a challenge.
After a first-half goal by striker Carlos Bacca, Villarreal kept alive their expectations of claiming a Europa League qualifying billet, giving them a 1-0 home win over battling Mallorca in La Liga on Tuesday.
The outcome put Villarreal up on 44 points from 29 games to seventh, two behind 6th placed Atletico Madrid with a game in hand.
Mallorca completed eighteenth on 25 points, as defeat marked there would like to avoid relegation.
A darting run and cross from Samuel Chukwueze left Bacca in the sixteenth moment at the far post with a basic tap-in from two meters after Idrissu Baba of Mallorca rattled the crossbar at the opposite end with a 30-meter thunderclap.
The enthusiastic Chukwueze discharged wide after a performance pursues presently the break and visiting goalkeeper Manolo Reina saved a shot by Manuel Trigueros before passing up on a brilliant chance to equalize Mallorca.
Substitute Aleksandar Trajkovski ‘s fine footwork and cross left Juan Hernandez open on the far post yet the forward cut his shot wide from six meters with the goal readily available.