Villarreal 1-1 Real Madrid: Hosts miss chance to go top despite Gerard Moreno equaliser from the spot following Thibaut Courtois’s foul after Mariano Diaz had headed Zinedine Zidane’s men in front
- Mariano Diaz heads home from a Dani Carvajal cross to put visitors in front
- Hosts wanted offside against Lucas Vazquez in build-up to Mariano’s header
- Gerard Moreno equalises with penalty after Thibaut Courtois’ foul in the area
- Dani Parejo also misseD glorious chances for the hosts at Estadio de la Ceramica
Real Madrid were left counting the clock down as their injury-hit team had to fight for a point against Unai Emery’s Villarreal.
Madrid were ahead inside two minutes and it was the player constantly ignored by Zinedine Zidane, Mariano Diaz, who put them ahead. He was only in the team because of injury to Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic’s coronavirus’ positive.
Mariano powered a Dani Carvajal cross past Sergio Asenjo having got in front of the last Villarreal defender with all the aggression and anticipation that is so often lacking from Madrid’s attacking play.
Villarreal missed the chance to go top despite Gerard Moreno’s equaliser from the spot
Mariano Diaz put Real Madrid in front with a second-minute header from Dani Carvajal’s cross
Villarreal complained that the assistant referee had caused confusion by raising his flag
Villarreal were upset because Lucas Vazquez had been offside when the ball reached Carvajal. The flag was raised but quickly lowered when he left the ball for the full-back to cross.
It was Mariano’s sixth goal in just seven games for Madrid and by his standards, at 105 seconds, it had come late – he took just 53 seconds to score for Madrid against Barcelona as a substitute last season.
He was very bright early on as Madrid threatened on the break. On 31 minutes it could have been two as Carvajal raced on to a Toni Kroos pass but Alfonso Pedraza got the tackle in before he crossed to Mariano at the back post. And Mariano then started the next counter attack before finding Lucas who couldn’t finish.
Dani Parejo had gone close with a header from a Gerard Moreno cross but Villarreal for the most part had been kept at bay by a Real Madrid side missing Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Casemiro.