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Villarreal 0-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid celebrate

First-half goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid continue their La Liga resurgence with a hard-fought victory over Villarreal.

After an early onslaught from the hosts, Modric put the European champions ahead with a low shot from outside the area.

And Ronaldo scored his 10th league goal of the season when he tucked in Karim Benzema's cut-back.

It was Real's third league win in a row after losing two of their first three.

Modric's goal was his seventh for Real Madrid, all of which have come from outside the penalty area, while Ronaldo now has 13 in all competitions this season.

Wasteful Villarreal
Real Madrid faced 19 shots in their meeting with Villarreal, more than in any other game in La Liga this season. Source: Opta

Villarreal had threatened to go in front as Ikechukwu Uche's low effort was well saved by Iker Casillas, before Argentine youngster Luciano Vietto sliced wide when well-positioned inside the box.

But they paid for their profligacy soon after the half-hour mark as midfielder Modric converted from 20 yards.

The visitors doubled their advantage when James Rodriguez picked out the run of Benzema and the Frenchman checked back before teeing up Ronaldo to slot home.

Casillas was required to make a fine double save to deny Manu Trigueros and Vietto, with Uche flagged offside after blasting the rebound over the bar.

Villarreal continued to press forward after the restart, with Mario Gaspar and Gabriel going close, but they ran out of steam in the last half hour as Real saw out the win.

Real's focus will now turn to their Champions League group game against Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria on Wednesday.

Line-ups

Villarreal

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Asenjo
  • 5Musacchio
  • 20Gabriel
  • 2Perez Martinez
  • 15Ruiz
  • 21Bruno
  • 14Trigueros MuñozSubstituted forJ dos Santosat 68'minutes
  • 19Gómez BardonadoSubstituted forEspinosaat 61'minutes
  • 10Gracia Calmache
  • 8UcheSubstituted forG dos Santosat 65'minutes
  • 7Vietto

Substitutes

  • 4Pina
  • 6J dos Santos
  • 9G dos Santos
  • 22Rukavina
  • 23Moreno Balagueró
  • 24Espinosa
  • 25Sánchez Martínez

Real Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 2Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 38mins
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forNachoat 76'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 11Bale
  • 19Modric
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forIllarramendiat 74'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forIscoat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 23Isco
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 32Aguza
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
22,146

Match Stats

Home TeamVillarrealAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Villarreal 0, Real Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Villarreal 0, Real Madrid 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luciano Vietto (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mario.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Asier Illarramendi.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

  7. Post update

    Mateo Musacchio went off injured after Villarreal had used all subs.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Karim Benzema.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a through ball.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luciano Vietto (Villarreal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Javier Espinosa following a set piece situation.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Nacho replaces Marcelo.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces James Rodríguez.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Javier Espinosa (Villarreal) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luciano Vietto.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

  20. Post update

    Luciano Vietto (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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