Real Madrid frustrated as Carzola double earns Villarreal a draw

By Daily Sports on January 4, 2019

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Santi Cazorla scored twice as Villarreal denied Real Madrid a chance to reduce the gap to La Liga leaders Barcelona to five points.

The visitors, who had to contend with a pre-Christmas trip to the Club World Cup, looked lethargic from the start.

Cazorla's curler earned the hosts an early lead before Karim Benzema's header made it 1-1 after seven minutes.

Raphael Varane’s header put Real ahead, but Cazorla's late header moved Villarreal out of the relegation zone.

Santi Solari’s Real remain fourth, seven points behind Barcelona, four behind second-placed Athletico Madrid and two behind third-placed Sevilla.

Real’s night was not improved by Gareth Bale being substituted at half-time with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

And they were made to pay by a Villarreal team, who merited at least a point for their superior attacking endeavour and a player who showed he still retains his class. Real had six days’ less rest than Villarreal coming into the game thanks to their Club World Cup win in Abu Dhabi, which came on 22 December.

And after a frustrating season where they replaced former manager Julen Lopetegui with Solari in October, they appeared to lack sharpness as they were tested from the start by Nigerian 19-year-old Chukwueze, who has been linked with Arsenal.

The teenager tested Courtois before setting up Cazorla’s opener and was a constant thorn in Marcelo’s side down the Villarreal right.

The visitors’ two headed goals seemed to catch out Sergio Asenjo on both occasions, but he redeemed himself when saving from Lucas Vazquez in the second half when the Real forward was clean through on goal.

Bale made little impact before he was replaced by Isco, but it was Luis Garcia’s home team who posed the greater threat in the second period and their equaliser was fully deserved as they boosted their hopes of staying in the top flight by moving above Atheltic Bilbao on goal difference. (BBC)

•Photo shows Villarreal midfielder, Santi Carzola, who scored a brace

Source Daily Sports

Posted January 4, 2019


 

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