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Villarreal ease relegation battle fears with entertaining home win over Celta Vigo

An important three points

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Nervier than it should have been
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Villarreal eased fears of being sucked into a relegation battle with a win in their last game before the Christmas break.

The Yellow Submarine raced into a 3-0 lead against strugglers Celta Vigo on Wednesday night before making hard work of the win.

Alfonso Pedraza rifled one home from an angle before limping off with an injury, and it was 2-0 when Aissa Mandi calmy dispatched a rebound five minutes before half-time.

A trip on Alberto Moreno led to a penalty for Dani Parejo to smash home three minutes after the break, and that should have been that.

Villarreal CF v Celta Vigo - LaLiga EA Sports
The Yellows got the job done
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But Anastasios Douvikas knocked one home at the back post after a flicked on free-kick in the 52nd minute, and Jorgen Strand Larsen made it 3-2 before the hour mark.

Villarreal had to defend well, but they largely looked after the ball well, and barring one strong Filip Jorgensen save, they weren’t troubled too much in the late stages of the game, and that’s despite 15 minutes of added time.

The result is that Villarreal move six points ahead of Celta in the final relegation spot, and the they are now up to 13th in the table - at least for now. The fixture was the final before the break, and Marcelino’s men are next in action against Valencia on January 2 at Mestalla.