Sport Real Madrid winless in 3 matches after home loss to Villarreal

21:20  13 january  2018
21:20  13 january  2018 Source:   theScore

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Former Madrid forward Denis Cheryshev came close with a shot for Villarreal after halftime, and Las Palmas could have left the bottom of the standings with a draw but it never challenged the Catalan host at Montilivi Stadium, seeing its winless streak reach seven matches in all competitions.

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Real Madrid remains 16 points adrift of league-leading Barcelona following a sobering 1-0 home defeat to Villarreal.

It was the first ever win for the visitor at the Bernabeu, and one that loosens Zinedine Zidane's grip on the managerial reins in Madrid. It was also the first time Los Blancos lost two consecutive matches at home since February 2007.

Pablo Fornals neatly lobbed Keylor Navas for the winning goal after 87 minutes. The Costa Rican was stranded after blocking Enes Unal's effort, but it wasn't as straight-forward chance for Fornals who seemed to slow time down before lifting the ball to find the onion bag.

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Spanish La Liga match R Madrid vs Villarreal (20 Apr 2016). Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Real in the first half, before Lucas Vazquez and Luka Modric secured the three points after break.

Spanish La Liga match Villarreal vs R Madrid (26 Feb 2017). Preview and stats followed by live commentary, video highlights and match report. Moments after Benzema wasted a golden chance to put Real in the lead, the home side were in front thanks to Trigueros, who fired in from 12 yards after

With La Liga ambitions practically quashed, the clear priority at Real Madrid is attempting to capture a third straight Champions League crown. The club hasn't been handed a kind draw in the knockout rounds - Paris Saint-Germain is its opponent in the round of 16 - and derisory results could mean Zidane isn't the man in charge for the remainder of that campaign.

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Numancia 0 Real Madrid 3: Spot-kick double gives Zidane's men winning start to 2018 .
Real Madrid are on track for a place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals after a 3-0 first-leg win away to second-tier side Numancia.Lucas Vazquez won both penalties for drawing fouls by Carlos Gutierrez and Unai Medina, although Numancia could feel both spot-kicks were soft awards, with Borja Mayoral wrapping up the victory with a stoppage-time header.

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