Villarreal vs. Real Madrid - Football Match Report

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane. AFP

Real Madrid are fourth - four points behind Real Sociedad, albeit with a game in hand, while Barcelona are eighth - nine points behind the leaders, but having played two games less.

The visitors took the lead early on as Mariano headed in from Dani Carvajal's cross.

Villarreal went searching for a victor and nearly found one through Japanese teenager Takefusa Kubo, who is on loan from Madrid, but Courtois stood firm to make the save.

Chukwueze was fouled inside the box by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 75th minute with Gerard Moreno netting the spot -kick a minute later.

Zinedine Zidane's side were missing seven players through injury and illness, including the indispensable trio of Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Casemiro, but the champions went ahead in the second minute with a diving header from Mariano Diaz.

"It's not a good point", the Frenchman said after the match. The French coach has this to say: "We deserved much more from today's performance, especially in the first half".

The last time neither of the two giants of Spanish football, Barcelona and Real Madrid, were not leading after the ninth matchday was in 2006, when Sevilla topped the table by one point from Barcelona, with Real fourth. "It was a bit of everything".

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