From Estadio de la Ceramica, we bring you the player ratings for Real Madrid’s encounter with Villareal in La Liga.
Real Madrid took a journey to Villareal to face a difficult task at Estadio de la Ceramica. Zinedine Zidane’s side looked confident on paper as they visited the hosts who were second on the La Liga table. The defending champions had a great chance to make things right after their major defeat to Valencia before the international break. However, a resilient local team could not give up their spot in the Spanish league that easily.
Things looked pretty smooth right from the beginning of the match for Los Blancos. A beautiful team effort led to the opening goal of the game from a Mariano Diaz header. Although the video footage showed an offside, the goal was affirmed by VAR according to the new set of regulations. In addition, Madrid lacked the leadership of Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema for this important fixture. However, the visitors controlled the game until after an unfortunate event in the second half.
Moreno does it again, this time for his club.
Unai Emery has been lucky to have this prolific striker at his disposal. Gerard Moreno scored the crucial equalizer for his national side earlier in the Nations League qualifier. And this time, he stepped up to take the spot-kick for Villareal after Thibaut Courtois fouled Samuel Chukwueze in the box. The Spaniard did not make a mistake and tucked in a stuttering penalty past the Madrid stopper.
It has been a disaster for Zidane’s side in the defensive half after conceding five penalties in two games. This result now keeps Madrid in the fourth spot and Villareal in second.
Villareal: Asenjo (4), Albiol (7), Torres (8), Gaspar (7), Pedraza (5), Iborra (7), Parejo (7), Trigueros (6), Moreno (8), Gomez (5), Bacca (5).
Bench: Chukwueze (5), Estupinan (7), Pino (5), Kubo (7), Pena (6).
Real Madrid: Courtois (5), Nacho (7), Varane (7), Carvajal (8), Mendy (7), Kroos (7), Modric (7), Odegaard (7), Vazquez (6), Hazard (7), Diaz (8).
Bench: Vincius Jr (6), Isco (6), Asensio (6).
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