Stuttering La Liga champions Real Madrid slumped to a second defeat in three league video games by dropping Zero-1 at house to Villarreal on Saturday.
Madrid’s hapless title defence continued on a rain swept Saturday at a sparsely attended Santiago Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane’s facet dominated the sport however succumbed to an 87th minute strike from Pablo Fornals, who chipped over goalkeeper Keylor Navas on the rebound.
This was after a lightning fast counter-attack because the guests cleared a Real nook.
Madrid had a penalty enchantment waved away within the first half when visiting defender Alvaro Gonzalez appeared to dam a shot from Gareth Bale along with his arm.
Cristiano Ronaldo was thwarted from shut vary on the stroke of halftime by a wide ranging save from Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.
“There is no explanation for this,” Zidane mentioned. “We did everything we could, we had plenty of chances, but the ball just didn’t go in. It’s a difficult moment for us. It’s tough for the players, they gave their best. We didn’t deserve this result.”
Madrid additionally drew at Celta Vigo 2-2 per week in the past, and misplaced to Barcelona Three-Zero on the Bernabeu in its final match final 12 months. It has gone 4 matches with no win.
“We have endured negative results recently, but we know that we can change this situation by winning again,” Zidane mentioned. “We have to start winning, and winning convincingly, then things will change.”
Real stay fourth within the Liga standings on 32 factors and are just one level and one place above Villarreal.
They could possibly be a shocking 19 factors behind runaway leaders Barcelona if Ernesto Valverde’s facet beat Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Later on Saturday, second-placed Atletico Madrid play away to Eibar whereas third-placed Valencia go to Deportivo La Coruna.