Villarreal 0-0 Real Madrid – Goals and highlights – LaLiga 21/22 – Marca English

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Real Madrid face a tough challenge on Saturday as they visit Villarreal looking to maintain their six-point lead at the top of LaLiga Santander. The hosts have plenty to play for themselves, as they push for a place in the top four. We’ll be covering this LaLiga Santander game right here on this live blog and will be bringing you all the latest updates from the Estadio de la Ceramica.
This is the very beginning of our Villarreal vs Real Madrid live blog, with updates following on from here and with the entries nearest the top the most recent ones.
There were no goals at the Estadio de la Ceramica, but the woodwork was hit three times – twice for Real Madrid and once for Villarreal. Los Blancos’ lead at the top of the table is now four points over second-placed Sevilla.
Jovic was put through on goal after a pass by Hazard, but the Serbian’s chipped effort came back out off the crossbar before Nacho’s effort was blocked on the line by Aurier.
Eden Hazard and Nacho Fernandez have come on for Vinicius and Marcelo.
Marco Asensio and Fede Valverde have been withdrawn for Rodrygo Goes and Luka Modric.
Pervis Estupinan and Yeremy Pino have come on for Samu Chukwueze and Alfonso Pedraza for Villarreal, while for Real Madrid, Luka Jovic has replaced Gareth Bale.
Kroos got a left-footed shot away from the edge of the box, but it was easy for Rulli to save.
Manu Trigueros and Boulaye Dia have come on to replace Vicente Iborra and Arnaut Danjuma for Villarreal.
Bale made his way into the area and poked a left-footed shot towards goal, but Rulli was again in the way. It’s worth noting that the attack started from the Villarreal goalkeeper’s poor clearance, though.
Fede Valverde dispossessed Parejo and then played the ball into the box for Vinicius, but the Brazilian’s shot was well saved by Rulli.
Bale drifted out to the right and received the ball from Vinicius before testing his luck at goal, but his effort was tipped onto the woodwork and over by Rulli.
Marcelo played a pass across the pitch for Asensio, who came inside towards goal and got a shot away, but it flew over the bar.
Real Madrid have kicked off the second half. Let’s see if we are treated to any goals in this second 45 minutes.
We go into the half-time break with the two sides level, but it’s been a very exciting first 45 minutes. Both Villarreal and Real Madrid have had good chances to score, so they will be hoping to be more clinical in the second half.
Vinicius, who has been targeted throughout this first half, fell to the ground on the edge of the area after Dani Parejo’s arm caught him as Toni Kroos looked to send in a free-kick. No further action was taken, though.
Casemiro’s ball over the top of Villarreal’s defence was brought down by Bale, who was one on one with Rulli, but the Argentine came out well to close down the angle and make the save.
Alberto Moreno’s shot from the edge of the area was well saved by Courtois, and it came less than a minute after Lo Celso had a chance to get a shot away in the area but had it blocked by Alaba.
Bale has been pretty anonymous so far as a false nine, and in his first half chance of the game, he could only drag his shot wide from 20 yards out or so. He seems to be dropping deeper to get more involved in the play.
Marco Asensio has been shown a yellow card for a high tackle on Vicente Iborra’s ankle, but he is lucky to have not been sent off for that.
Dani Carvajal kicked the ball into Giovani Lo Celso’s face, which led to a bit of a coming together between Real Madrid and Villarreal’s players. Militao and Juan Foyth have both been booked as a result of their protests.
A well-worked Villarreal move led to Danjuma having his shot blocked by Alaba in the area, but the Dutchman was then able to hit the left post with his second attempt.
Vinicius was looking to close down Rulli but was caught by the arm of Raul Albiol, which caused him to go to ground in the area. However, despite the Brazilian’s protests, no penalty was given.
Perhaps a little frustrated with how the start of this game has gone, Vinicius tested his luck from 25 yards out but saw his shot go wide of Geronimo Rulli’s goal.
Samu Chukwueze dribbled his way into the area past Vinicius Junior and Marcelo before shifting away from Alaba, but he lacked the final ball. This could be a long afternoon for Marcelo.
A Villarreal short corner resulted in Marco Asensio winning possession back in his own area, but he then took his time before passing back to Thibaut Courtois, who had to quickly clear the ball away from danger.
Villarreal have got the action underway here at the Estadio de la Ceramica. Stay with us for updates from Villarreal vs Real Madrid.
Real Madrid’s players have got their final shots away ahead of kick-off in 10 minutes’ time.
Sunshine is gracing the Estadio de la Ceramica, and the pitch looks in pristine condition according to a video posted by Real Madrid ahead of the game.
Unai Emery is without Gerard Moreno, but there’s a start for loanee Gio Lo Celso, while Chukwueze and Danjuma look to threaten the Real Madrid backline.
Villarreal starting XI: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza, Parejo, Capoue, Lo Celso, Moreno, Chukwueze, Danjuma.
Gareth Bale gets a surprise start at Villarreal, the stadium in which he made his debut as a Real Madrid player, and scored.
Real Madrid’s starting line-up: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde; Asensio, Bale and Vinicius.
Real Madrid may be forced to play again without Karim Benzema, who is a major doubt through injury, while Ferland Mendy and Mariano Diaz could also miss out on the duel due to injuries.
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Marcelo; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Luka Jovic, Vinicius.
Unai Emery will not have Villarreal’s top scorer Gerard Moreno at his disposal due to a knock, while Ruben Pena and Francis Coquelin are also sidelined through injuries.
Villarreal’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Geronimo Rulli; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Pervis Estupinan; Manu Trigueros, Etienne Capoue, Dani Parejo; Yeremi Pino, Paco Alcacer, Arnaut Danjuma.
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