Pablo Fornals Scores Late as Villarreal Beats Real Madrid 1-0

Pablo Fornals Scores Late as Villarreal Beats Real Madrid 1-0

The Submarino Amarillo spent most of the match hunkering down in the defensive third against Real's relentless, but often off-target, attack.

LaLiga champion largely dominated proceedings on home soil, but Villarreal snatched all three points and a first league victory at Madrid in 18 attempts with three minutes left thanks to Fornals' exquisite chip after Enes Unal's shot was saved.

Real Madrid have won five of their last six La Liga home games but they lost the last one (0-3 vs Barcelona).

"I am exhausted of hearing that Real Madrid are bad, it is easy to say that everything is bad but you know that everything is not negative here", Zidane told a press conference. "It's easy to say that everything is wrong, but it's not all bad here". "The situation is what it is, but we must look for positives; we're still alive in every competition".

Cristiano Ronaldo was thwarted from close range on the stroke of halftime by a breathtaking save from Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.


Ronaldo had another super chance just before the 30-minute mark when he broke into the Villarreal box, but the number seven lifted the ball just wide of the far post, before smashing into the side-netting from a similar area moments later.

Former Madrid forward Denis Cheryshev came close with a shot for Villarreal after halftime, and Fornals didn't miss when he had his chance near the end. It ensures the 21-year-old Spanish midfielder's stock will continue to rise.

Real Madrid wants to buy de Gea thereafter. Los Blancos' next La Liga fixture comes next Sunday when they take on Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu.

"Everything that is said about Real Madrid is negative, but in reality things are not like that".

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