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Villarreal v Real Madrid Live Commentary, 1/7/23

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2 - 1
VIL
RMA
Yeremy Pino (47)
Gerard Moreno (63 pen)
K. Benzema (60 pen)
Estadio de la Cerámica

Commentary

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Villarreal will be looking to make it four LaLiga wins in a row in their next match against Celta Vigo on the road next Friday. Madrid return to action against Valencia in the Super Cup on Wednesday.
Villarreal end a nine-match winless run against Real Madrid with a 2-1 victory in their LaLiga clash at the Estadio de la Ceramica. Yeremy Pino put the home side ahead as his strike deflected off Ferland Mendy into the net. Madrid equalised after VAR spotted a handball by Juan Foyth and Karim Benzema converted from 12 yards. However, Villarreal were then awarded a penalty one minute later when David Alaba slipped and handled in the area. Gerard Moreno scored the spot-kick, which was enough to secure the three points for Quique Setien's men to lift them into fifth place in the table.
90' + 9' FULL-TIME: VILLARREAL 2-1 REAL MADRID
90' + 9' DANJUMA MISSES AN OPEN GOAL! Courtois goes forward for the corner and Asensio's scuff allows Danjuma to break away. He shoots from 40 yards out with Courtois out of his goal, but places it wide of the left post.
90' + 8' Albiol clears behind for a corner. Madrid have one last chance.
E. Camavinga
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
90' + 7' Camavinga catches Baena on the boot with a late challenge and is booked.
90' + 7' SAVE! Danjuma tries to put the game away as he cuts inside from the left flank, but sees his effort beaten away by Courtois.
90' + 6' Villarreal are almost over the line for their first win over Madrid since 2018.
Pepe Reina
Yellow Card
Villarreal
90' + 5' Reina goes into the book for time-wasting.
90' + 4' Vinicius runs at Foyth down the left flank, but the defender holds firm at the back and guides the ball out for a goal-kick.
Álex Baena
Yellow Card
Villarreal
90' + 3' Baena goes into the book after losing out to Camavinga and fouling the France international.
90' + 2' Rudiger remains forward from the back and rises to direct a header towards goal from Vinicius' cross, but Reina is alert and gathers in his six-yard box.
90' There will be seven minutes of added time.
90' SAVE! Courtois keeps Madrid alive in the game with a good save with his legs to deny Chukwueze, who tries to force a left-footed strike past the keeper at his near post.
Manu Trigueros
F. Coquelin
Villarreal
89' Trigueros replaces Coquelin for the home side for the closing stages.
A. Danjuma
Gerard Moreno
Villarreal
88' Moreno is withdrawn after a fine performance, creating Villarreal's first goal and scoring the second.
88' OFFSIDE! Camavinga releases Vinicius into the final third with a pass on the stretch, but he clips his effort over the top from the inside-right channel. The flag goes up late for offside anyway.
87' Vinicius cuts in from the left flank and angles a cross to the back post that travels out for a goal-kick. He's not had the magic today.
84' Moreno releases Baena into space down the left flank, but Vazquez recovers well to concede only a corner for Los Blancos.
83' Space opens up for Villarreal on the break, but Pedraza holds on to the ball for too long and spurns a shooting chance after producing a great run out from the back.
Marco Asensio
F. Valverde
Real Madrid
82' Asensio replaces Valverde for the visitors. Ancelotti needs a moment of magic.
José Luis Morales
Yeremy Pino
Villarreal
80' Morales enters the action to replace Pino on the left flank.
79' Vinicius and Rodrygo combine down the left flank, but the strike from the latter is deflected over the bar by Parejo.
77' CHANCE! Rodrygo latches on to a dangerous cross from Valverde at the back post, but he can only steer his effort across the face of goal rather than in the back of the net.
Raúl Albiol
Yellow Card
Villarreal
75' Albiol takes out Vinicius down the left flank and goes into the book.
74' Chukwueze is played into space on the counter, but he is not given room to move on to his left foot and loses out to Alaba.
73' OVER! Kroos takes the free-kick and angles his effort over the wall, but he sends his strike narrowly over the bar.
Pedraza
Alberto Moreno
Villarreal
72' Pedraza enters the action to replace Moreno at left-back for the home side.
71' Coquelin brings down Vinicius with a loose challenge on the edge of the box, handing Madrid a free-kick in a dangerous position.
E. Camavinga
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
70' Camavinga replaces Modrid in the Madrid midfield. Modric has not been his usual self today.
68' Moreno continues to be a thorn in the side of Madrid as he turns and comes within inches of releasing Pino through on goal again.
66' Vazquez moves to right-back, Alaba goes to left-back. Valverde drops into the midfield with Rodrygo joining Vinicius and Benzema in the final third.
65' Villarreal have scored from their last six penalties awarded in LaLiga, last failing to score on 9th January 2022 against Atletico Madrid (penalty missed by Moreno).
Rodrygo
F. Mendy
Real Madrid
64' Mendy is replaced by Rodrygo, which will see a shift in personnel on the field.
Lucas Vázquez
A. Tchouaméni
Real Madrid
64' Tchouameni makes way for Madrid and is replaced by Vazquez.
Gerard Moreno
Penalty Goal
Villarreal
63' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! GERARD MORENO RESTORES VILLARREAL'S LEAD!!!!! 2-1!!!! The hosts are back in front as Moreno holds his composure from the spot. He sends his left-footed strike low and hard into the bottom-left corner away from Courtois.
61' PENALTY TO VILLARREAL! Alaba falls over in the Madrid box and inadvertently touches the ball with his hand from Foyth's pass. The referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot.
K. Benzema
Penalty Goal
Real Madrid
60' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! BENZEMA CONVERTS!!!! 1-1!!!!! Madrid are back in the game as Benzema slots his effort into the bottom-right corner. Reina dives the wrong way, allowing the Frenchman to find the net with ease.
58' VAR! PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! VAR spots that the ball strikes the arm of Foyth in the build-up to the attack. The referee points to the spot after checking the screen at the side of the pitch.
56' OFF THE LINE! Vinicius cuts the ball back for Benzema in the box and he has three defenders on the line to beat. Somehow Benzema fails to hit the back of the net as Foyth deflects his effort wide of the target.
53' WIDE! Chukwueze is played into space on the right flank and he cuts inside past Modric to shoot on his left foot, only to slice his strike wide.
52' Albiol has to clear under his own bar after Militao heads Kroos' cross to the back post from the left flank into a dangerous position.
51' Villarreal have avoided defeat in their last six matches when scoring the opening goal in La Liga dating back to 15th May 2022 against Real Sociedad (L1-2).
49' CHANCE! Benzema fires wide, spurning a great chance to level the scores. The Frenchman collects a pass from Kroos and turns to shoot on his left foot, but he places his strike inches wide of the post. The offside flag is raised, but replay show the goal would have stood.
Yeremy Pino
Goal
Villarreal
47' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! PINO FIRES VILLARREAL AHEAD!!!!! 1-0!!!!! The home side take the lead as Pino's strike deflects off Mendy into the back of the net. Mendy gives the ball away to Parejo, who feeds Moreno on the edge of the box. He provides a perfect offload for Pino to collect in the inside-left channel before the winger fires at goal. He beats Courtois and Mendy can only divert the ball over the line with his desperate block.
Gerard Moreno
Assist
Villarreal
47' Moreno collects a pass and threads the needle to release Pino in space before he finds the back of the net.
46' We're back under way in this LaLiga clash.
Carlo Ancelotti will be concerned by his side's performance as they still don't look themselves out there, which has been a theme of their matches since the restart after the World Cup. He will be hopeful that his team finds their rhythm for the second half.
It's goalless at the break in the LaLiga clash between Villarreal and Real Madrid at El Madrigal. The home side will feel that they should be in front after a strong first-half performance. Francis Coquelin was unlucky to see his backheel strike the post, while Alex Baena came close with two efforts from distance. At the other end, Vinicius Junior was denied by a fine stop from Pepe Reina. The game is in the balance.
45' HALF-TIME: VILLARREAL 0-0 REAL MADRID
44' CHANCE! Pino bursts into the inside-left channel and cuts the ball back for Parejo to strike. The midfielder doesn't connect well with his effort and Courtois makes a comfortable stop.
43' Benzema has space on the left flank and angles a cross into the box. But, it's away from Valverde's run and into the hands of Reina.
40' SAVE! Benzema cushions a brilliant pass to Vinicius from Valverde's cross. The Brazilian fires low and hard at goal, but Reina spreads himself to make a vital stop. Just like that, Madrid show they can cut any team open.
38' Pino nods the ball on for the run of Baena in the Madrid box, but Courtois is alert and scrambles off his line to gather ahead of the midfielder.
36' Madrid have not been able to get on the front foot and establish a period of possession. It has been a similar theme to Madrid's other matches since the restart.
34' Foyth loses possession and allows Benzema to break through on goal. Albiol is the last man and does brilliantly to halt the Frenchman with a legal challenge.
33' Baena collects in a decent position and shoots on the half-volley. His effort takes a deflection off Tchouameni and loops over the bar. Villarreal are asking all the questions here.
31' SCRAMBLE! Parejo angles the resulting free-kick deep to the back post for Foyth to attack. He heads it back towards goal where Moreno challenges, but Courtois directs it away from the forward and Pino.
29' CLOSE! Moreno releases Chukwueze down the right flank, who probes at the Madrid defence. He offloads to Baena and the midfielder shoots first-time, placing his effort inches over the top.
29' Parejo evades Vinicius and gets brought down by a trailing leg from the Brazilian, earning a free-kick down the left flank.
26' Vinicius runs at Foyth down the left flank, but the defender holds firm to force the ball behind off the winger for a goal-kick.
25' WIDE! Baena has space and time 25 yards from goal and he unleashes a powerful strike that curls narrowly wide of the left post.
23' CHANCE! Pino spurns a glorious opening in front of goal. Moreno threads the needle to release the forward in the box and he only has Courtois beat. However, the keeper spreads himself and blocks his strike.
21' WIDE! Benzema releases Militao into acres of space down the right flank and he bursts through on goal. He shapes to shoot, but under pressure from Moreno, he fires wide of the target.
19' Villarreal are entrenched in their defensive line and are proving a hard nut to crack for the visitors.
Pau Torres
Yellow Card
Villarreal
16' Torres is adjudged to have fouled Militao with a stray arm and goes into the book. It looks a harsh call.
14' OVER! Benzema scoops up a loose ball on the edge of the Villarreal box and opens up room for a strike that he places wide of the left post.
12' Villarreal are pressing the visitors high up the field. They're not allowing Los Blancos to build a rhythm.
10' Modric sends Vinicius down the inside-right channel with a sublime pass. The Brazilian drills the ball across the face of goal forcing Albiol to react with a great clearing header that he directs away despite being in an awkward position.
9' Militao is played into space down the right flank and he opts for an early cross that travels straight into the arms of Reina.
7' Vinicius turns inside for a run through a central position and goes down under pressure from Parejo to win a free-kick.
5' OFF THE POST! Moreno delivers a cross into the box from the left flank that Coquelin steers towards goal with a clever backheel. His effort beats Courtois, but strikes the right post and bounces clear to the relief of the visitors.
3' Moreno finds space down the right flank and he sends a low ball into the middle looking for Pino at the back post, but Militao makes a vital interception.
2' Parejo lines up an effort from distance, but he slices his effort well wide of the target. Villarreal have made a fast start.
1' OVER! Baena latches on to a knockdown from Moreno in the box, but he launches his right-footed volley over the bar.
1' We're under way in this LaLiga clash.
Villarreal have not won any of their last nine games against Real Madrid in LaLiga (D6 L3) since a 1-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu in January 2018, with both of their last two such matches finishing goalless. Against no opponent have they recorded three straight goalless draws in the competition.
Madrid have also made nine changes to their side that played in the Copa del Rey against Cacereno. Tchouameni and Militao remain in the line-up, but Ancelotti returns his key men to action. Benzema, Valverde and Vinicius lead the line. Modric and Kroos join Tchouameni in the middle of the park. Rudiger, Mendy and Alaba return to the back four, while Courtois replaces Lunin in goal.
Villarreal have made nine changes to their side from their win over Cartagena during the week. Only Reina and Baena retain their places in the line-up. Moreno, Foyth, Albiol and Torres come into the back four, while Parejo and Coquelin join Baena in midfield. Chukwueze, Moreno and Pino form a three-man attack.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Eduardo Camavinga, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Dani Ceballos, Rodrygo, Luis Lopes.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, Luka Modric; Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
VILLARREAL SUBS: Kiko Femenia, Jorge Cuenca, Arnaut Danjuma, Johan Mojica, Manuel Morlanes, Aissa Mandi, Alfonzo Pedraza, Filip Jorgensen.
VILLARREAL (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alberto Moreno; Francis Coquelin, Dani Parejo, Alex Baena; Samuel Chukwueze, Gerard Moreno, Yeremy Pino.
Real Madrid had a tough experience during the week in their Copa del Rey clash, barely squeezing past fifth division Cacereno, despite naming a strong side. Rodrygo scored the only goal of the game, but it was far from straightforward for Los Blancos. They returned to LaLiga action after the World Cup with a win over Real Valladolid courtesy of two late goals from Karim Benzema. That was not a strong performance either so Carlo Ancelotti will want to see an improvement from his side at El Madrigal.
Villarreal returned to LaLiga action with a victory over Valencia last time out. Quique Setien's men did go a goal down to an Edinson Cavani strike, but they were able to rally in the second half through efforts from Samuel Chukwueze and Juan Foyth to secure the three points. Villarreal were outstanding in the Copa del Rey during the week, advancing to the last 16 with a 5-1 win over FC Cartagena. They will need the same level of clinical edge in front of goal today.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Villarral and Real Madrid at the Estadio de la Ceramica.