Madrid: Villarreal came back to beat Athletic Bilbao 4-1 at home and keep the pressure on Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
Juan Carlos Garrido`s side climbed to second with 23 points from 10 games, level with unbeaten leaders Real, who host Atletico Madrid in the city derby in Sunday`s late game.
Champions Barcelona, one point back in third, were playing away at Getafe.
Bilbao`s Spain striker Fernando Llorente scored with a backpost header after only six minutes at the Madrigal, but Villarreal turned the game around before the break.
Brazilian Nilmar levelled with a header in the 39th and Spain`s Santi Cazorla capitalised on a poor clearance to net six minutes later.
Bilbao had defender Jon Aurtenetxe sent off in the 77th for a second bookable offence, and Italy`s Giuseppe Rossi and Ecuador`s Jefferson Montero scored breakaway goals at the end.