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Real Madrid 1-1 Villarreal

Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos climbs to head in Real Madrid's equaliser

Real Madrid missed out on a record-breaking 17th consecutive La Liga victory as they drew with Villarreal.

The hosts fell behind just before the break when Sergio Ramos used his hand to block a shot in the box and Bruno Soriano chipped in from the spot.

Ramos made amends soon after the restart, heading in from a corner.

Zinedine Zidane's side put the visitors under concerted pressure throughout the second half, but Villarreal held on to deny Real the outright record.

Instead they will have to share the record of 16 straight wins set by Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side in the 2010-11 season.

However a point ensures they remain top of La Liga, four points ahead of Barcelona, who could only draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid.

Both sides of Ramos

Not many players switch between the roles of hero and villain as easily as Sergio Ramos and the volatile defender once again played both parts expertly either side of the interval.

For the second game in a row he tried to disguise a handball by pretending the ball had hit his face. But the referee was having none of it and Bruno outsmarted Real keeper Kiko Casilla with a Panenka-style penalty to give Villarreal the lead. Ramos did the same against Espanyol at the weekend.

It is the third penalty that Ramos has conceded in seven games across all competitions this season, yet the Spaniard made amends, losing his man at a corner and producing a powerful header that gave Sergio Asenjo no chance.

It was the only one of 17 corners that the hosts converted, with Ramos also unable to persuade the referee to award Real a late penalty as he fell under the challenge of Roberto Soriano.

Real's front three fail to fire

This was the first game in which Real's 'BBC' front line of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have all started together - a result of both injury and Zidane's commitment to rotating his squad.

Yet there were only flickers of the trio's best football, especially in the first half when a resolute Villarreal stopped Real's fluid passing game and forced them to resort to shots from distance.

The hosts dominated for long spells of the second half but rarely forced Asenjo into a save, with Benzema guilty of heading over two chances when well placed before both he and Bale were substituted before the end.

A night of frustration for Real's talisman Ronaldo was complete when he finally found the target, only to see his effort parried away by Asenjo before slamming a late free-kick straight at the Villarreal keeper.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13Casilla
  • 23Danilo
  • 5Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 45mins
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forCarvajalat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 8KroosBooked at 75mins
  • 16Kovacic
  • 11BaleSubstituted forVázquezat 72'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 77'minutes
  • 7RonaldoBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 6Nacho
  • 17Vázquez
  • 20Asensio
  • 21Morata
  • 22Isco
  • 25Yáñez

Villarreal

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2Pérez Martínez
  • 5Musacchio
  • 6Ruiz
  • 3José ÁngelBooked at 52mins
  • 14Trigueros Muñoz
  • 21Bruno
  • 19Castillejo Azuaga
  • 8dos SantosSubstituted forN'Diayeat 88'minutes
  • 7CheryshevSubstituted forSorianoat 64'minutes
  • 18SansoneSubstituted forPatoat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4N'Diaye
  • 10Pato
  • 11Costa Jordá
  • 12González Soberón
  • 13Fernández
  • 20Soriano
  • 24Santos Borré
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
64,582

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamVillarreal
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home17
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 1, Villarreal 1.

Booking

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Villarreal 1.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Villarreal).

Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Alexandre Pato (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Villarreal).

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Manu Trigueros (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Alfred N'Diaye replaces Jonathan dos Santos.

Attempt saved. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Víctor Ruiz.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Asenjo.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Alexandre Pato (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal).

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Toni Kroos.

Attempt blocked. Mario (Villarreal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samu Castillejo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Mateo Musacchio.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Samu Castillejo (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Alexandre Pato replaces Nicola Sansone.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Gareth Bale.

Booking

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Bruno (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 21st September 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid5410134913
2Sevilla5320106411
3Barcelona5311146810
4Atl Madrid523011299
5Las Palmas530212939
6Villarreal52306339
7Ath Bilbao53026519
8Real Sociedad52128717
9Eibar52126607
10Sporting Gijón521259-47
11Alavés41303216
12Dep La Coruña41212205
13Malaga512257-25
14Real Betis5122711-45
15Leganés411237-44
16Celta Vigo511338-54
17Espanyol4022711-42
18Osasuna402238-52
19Granada5023612-62
20Valencia4004510-50
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