Real Madrid held at Villarreal after fourth penalty in two matches


Through: Reuters |

Nov. 21, 2020, 11:48 p.m.

Villarreal’s Takefusa Kubo in action with Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy. (Reuters)

Real Madrid conceded a fourth penalty in two games as they drew 1-1 at Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday, dropping points for the second game in a row.

Zinedine Zidane’s side were missing seven players due to injury and illness, including the indispensable trio of Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Casemiro, but the champions took the lead in the second minute with a diving header from Mariano Diaz.

Villarreal protested the goal as the linesman momentarily signaled an offside against Lucas Vazquez, who never made contact with the ball, and Dani Carvajal picked it up before moving on to Mariano.

Unai Emery’s Villarreal improved a lot in the second half and after pushing back plenty of chances, forward Gerard Moreno beat Thibaut Courtois on the spot in the 76th minute after the Belgian keeper shot down substitute Samuel Chukwueze.

Villarreal went in search of a winner and almost found one thanks to Japanese teenager Takefusa Kubo on loan from Madrid, but Courtois held on to make the save.

Real, beaten 4-1 by Valencia in their last league game, are fourth in the table with 17 points, while Villarreal are second with 19. Real Sociedad lead with 20 points.

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