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Primera División

  • September 27, 2014
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Camp El Madrigal, Villarreal
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 22146

Villarreal 0-2 Real Madrid: Ronaldo nets again as wasteful hosts are punished

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric scored first-half goals as Los Blancos continued their winning ways.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his fine run of scoring form as Real Madrid claimed a spirited 2-0 win at Villarreal on Saturday.

The Portugal international went into the fixture having scored nine goals in just four La Liga matches this season and unsurprisingly took his tally to 10 as Real was made to fight at El Madrigal.

Villarreal looked the better side for significant periods of the game and made Iker Casillas work on a number of occasions in the first half.

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A "come home Ronaldo" banner, commissioned by a group of Manchester United fans, flew over the ground as the Ballon d'Or winner endured a quiet start to the game.

However, Luka Modric put Real ahead with a stylish finish just after the half-hour mark and Ronaldo finally came to life before halftime, slotting home from Karim Benzema's pinpoint pass in the 40th minute.

Villarreal continued to look extremely lively going forward in the second period, but proceeded to waste more chances and Carlo Ancelotti's side was able to earn a hard-fought victory.

Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral was adamant that Villarreal would be highly motivated against Real and the club looked particularly fired up during the early stages, giving its visitors a tough start.

Casillas was first called into action after just seven minutes as he palmed an Ikechukwu Uche effort around the post, and Luciano Vietto shot into the side netting soon after.

Attention turned to the sky in the 16th minute as the "come home Ronaldo" banner was flown over the ground.

It failed to spark an immediate reaction from the Portugal star, though, with Uche and Mario both going close for the hosts, who remained the more threatening.

Despite Villarreal's apparent superiority, Real opened up a 2-0 lead before the break. Modric fired in a fine drive from 20 yards with 32 minutes on the clock and the second arrived soon after as Ronaldo confidently buried Benzema's well-placed cutback.

Villarreal ensured a tense end to the first half for Real, though, as Casillas denied Vietto from point-blank range and Marcelo produced an incredible last-ditch block to keep Manu Trigueros' effort out.

Luckily for Ancelotti's men, the hosts were no less wasteful early in the second half. Gabriel Paulista fired well over in the 48th minute after finding himself behind the Real defense.

The presence of 20-year-old Vietto proved troubling for Real and he almost slid in to pull one back for Villarreal in the 58th minute, but the Argentinean could not quite reach Moi Gomez's teasing cross.

Marcelino could have no complaints about his team's persistent effort, as Jonathan dos Santos tested Casillas with an audacious half-volley from 30 yards.

However, Real — which threatened exclusively on the counter late — held on for a battling triumph, aiding its bid to play catchup on those tussling at the summit of the table.