Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Villarreal vs. Real Madrid - Football Match Report

Villarreal vs. Real Madrid - Football Match Report

It was 2-1 in the 20th minute, as a free kick from Toni Kroos found Raphael Varane in the box who rose highest and delivered a fine header to put Los Blancos in the lead for the first time in the match.

After Bale left at half-time with another calf muscle problem, Madrid then sat back to protect their lead and were punished late on when ex-Arsenal man Cazorla popped up at the back post to head an equaliser.

"We had the victory in our hand and wanted to kill the game". "They pressed a lot, were playing at home and needed the points".

They claim that Chelsea are now ready to pull out of the deal due to the spiralling costs, leaving manager Maurizio Sarri disappointed having planned to pair him with Eden Hazard in the Blues' attack. "You would have seen what happened - he got a bang and felt something and was not able to continue".

Predrag Mijatovic scored the winner in the 1998 Champions League final
Predrag Mijatovic scored the winner in the 1998 Champions League final

"Every player here has to be committed, dedicated and keep working with hope and excitement; they are all fundamental to us", Solari told a press conference ahead of Real's clash with Villarreal. We recovered quickly and scored two goals, and we also missed two one-on-ones. "But it's true we were lacking clarity in our breaks, and Gareth [is a] specialist at that".

Madrid introduced Federico Valverde in the 64th minute in place of Modric as they were looking for fresh energy.

Real are ready to offload Isco as the Spanish side are happy to cash in on a player no longer central to the club's long-term plans.

This was Madrid " s first game since winning the World Club Cup in Doha in December and the draw leaves Santiago Solari's outfit seven points off top placed Barcelona, four behind Atletico Madrid and two adrift of Seville.

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