Gerard Moreno’s penalty condemned Actual Madrid to their second LaLiga defeat of the season as Villarreal beat the champions 2-1 on Saturday to do coach Quique Setien’s former employers Barcelona a favour.
Madrid had hoped to return to the summit forward of Barca’s powerful journey to Atletico Madrid on Sunday, however Villarreal have been good worth for victory throughout a thriller at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Villarreal created a number of promising openings throughout an entertaining first half however needed to wait till simply after the break to make the breakthrough due to Yeremy Pino.
Karim Benzema levelled with a spot-kick conceded by Juan Foyth on the hour mark, however the Argentinian then gained one on the different finish, with Moreno’s assured end in the end sealing the win.
Villarreal had been the higher aspect proper from the beginning, going shut after 28 seconds as Alex Baena sliced over.
Francis Coquelin then noticed an impudent backheeled end clip the submit following Alberto Moreno’s low cross 4 minutes later.
Villarreal have been indebted to Jose Reina simply earlier than the break, nonetheless, dashing out to disclaim Vinicius Junior.
The Yellow Submarine capitalised 65 seconds after the restart as Gerard Moreno launched Yeremy into the field, his end discovering the online by way of deflections off Courtois and David Alaba.
Benzema spurned an excellent probability to degree when Foyth blocked his goal-bound effort on the road, however the Frenchman made probably the most of his penalty reprieve after the defender’s handball within the build-up was punished following a VAR evaluation.
Villarreal went straight up the opposite finish and gained a penalty of their very own moments later, although, Foyth seeing his move dealt with by Alaba, and Moreno made no mistake.
Madrid’s desperation led to Courtois going ahead for a late nook and Arnaut Danjuma nearly made it 3-1 on the break, although his incapability to attain into the empty purpose didn’t matter.
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