Villarreal dispatched struggling Mallorca, 3-0, at Estadio de la Cerámica on January 22 to remain in contention for continental competition.
Franco Russo was not having the best of days in this fixture. He caused an own goal to hand Villarreal the upper hand 12 minutes into the match. He was then sent off late in the encounter with a careless challenge inside the penalty box, resulting in another goal against his squad.
Manu Trigueros scored the other goal at the 34th minute.
El Submarí Groguet are currently at sixth spot on the table, two points behind Real Sociedad.
Meanwhile, Athletic Club ended Rayo Vallecano’s home streak in La Liga matches with a slim 1-0 win.
Nico Serrano, in his first start, scored the pivotal goal.
Both sides have 31 points to their name.