BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Villarreal eased to a 3-0 win over 10-man Levante on Sunday to cement its hold on Spain's last Champions league berth.
Goals by Leo Baptistao, Samuel Castillejo and Adrian Lopez gave Villarreal a 3-0 lead before halftime at its El Madrigal Stadium before Levante's David Navarro saw a second yellow card early in the second half.
Fourth-place Villarreal, which eliminated Napoli from the Europa League on Thursday, protected its 11-point lead over fifth-place Celta Vigo. It also closed to within two points of Real Madrid after it lost 1-0 to second-place Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
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The loss left Levante in the relegation zone.
Leader Barcelona hosts Sevilla later on Sunday, after Athletic Bilbao visits Valencia and Granada plays at Deportivo La Coruna.