Villarreal 2-1 Real Madrid: Los Blancos slip to only their second defeat of the La Liga season

Villarreal have beaten Real Madrid for the first time in the Spanish La Liga since 13 January 2018, a run of nine games without a win
Villarreal’s win was their first against Real Madrid in La Liga since January 2018, a run of nine games without a win

Real Madrid suffered just their second La Liga defeat of the season as they missed the chance to return to the top of the table by losing to Villarreal.

Yeremy Pino put the hosts ahead but a questionable handball call on Juan Foyth allowed Karim Benzema to equalise.

Foyth then won a penalty of his own at the other end when David Alaba handled and Gerard Moreno slotted home the winner.

Real remain second, level on points with leaders Barcelona, ​​who visit Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Villarreal climbed to fifth after a deserved third win in a row, having created the better chances in an entertaining affair at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

Alex Baena went close on several occasions during a first half the hosts bossed, while Francis Coquelin hit the post with a cheeky backheel from Moreno’s cross.

Benzema created Real’s best first-half opening with a cushioned first-time volley for Vinicius Jr, but the Brazil striker was denied by veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Ferland Mendy’s misplaced pass led to Pino firing Villarreal ahead early in the second half, but after a ball over the top caught Foyth’s hand, the referee awarded a penalty after looking at the pitch.

Benzema converted his 227th La Liga goal to become sixth on the all-time top scorers list, alongside Real legend Alfredo di Stefano.

But any injustice the hosts felt soon disappeared when Alaba slipped and handled Foyth’s low pass as he put his hand to the ground to steady himself, while Moreno coolly sent Thibaut Courtois the wrong way from the spot after loud Real appeals finally died down.

Lineups

Villarreal

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Reina PáezOrdered in 90 minutes
  • 8Foyth
  • 3AlbiolOrdered in 75 minutes
  • 4P TorresOrdered in 16 minutes
  • 18MorenoSubstituted forPedrazaon 72′minutes
  • 19CoquelinSubstituted forTrigueros Muñozon 89′minutes
  • 10Parejo
  • 16Baena RodríguezOrdered in 90 minutes
  • 11Chukwueze
  • 7MorenoSubstituted forDanjumaon 88′minutes
  • 21PinoSubstituted forThe moralon 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Femenia
  • 5Cuenca
  • 9Danjuma
  • 12Mojica
  • 14Trigueros Muñoz
  • 20Morlane’s Ariño
  • 22The moral
  • 23Mandy
  • 24Pedraza
  • 35Jorgensen

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 3Militão
  • 22Rüdiger
  • 4Alaba
  • 23MendySubstituted forRodrygoon 64′minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 18TchouaméniSubstituted forVázquezon 64′minutes
  • 10ModricSubstituted forCamavingaon 70′minutesOrdered in 90 minutes
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forAsensioon 82′minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20Vinicius Junior

Substitutes

  • 5Vallejo
  • 6Nacho
  • 7E Danger
  • 11Asensio
  • 12Camavinga
  • 1. 3Lunin
  • 17Vázquez
  • 19Ceballos
  • 21Rodrygo
  • 26López Andugar

Judge:
César Soto Grado

Participation:
21,088

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