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

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Real Madrid risk falling further behind in La Liga after a cheeky late chip from Pablo Fornals saw Villarreal escape the Santiago Bernabeu with a shock 1-0 win on Saturday.

Why do Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid superstars seem to be struggling?

Real reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey - where they will face Leganes - in midweek, but started the day 16 points behind rivals Barcelona in the league.

Los Blancos were again without the services of injured pair Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema, but Dani Carvajal was back from suspension to feature for the Spanish champions. "Everything that is said about Real Madrid is negative, but in reality things are not like that".

The hosts went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock after 23 minutes, when Cristiano Ronaldo rattled the crossbar with a free-kick.

Real Madrid have been constantly linked with a move for the Spain worldwide and even came close to signing him in 2015.

Gareth Bale, who was rested in midweek, will return to the side after his two goals in Vigo and Zidane will hope his pace can inject some much needed energy into a side that looked flat a week ago.

In the 60th minute, the visitors carved out another chance when Samu Castillejo picked out Carlos Bacca, who fired into the side-netting from close range.

It did appear that the points would be shared at the Bernabeu, but Villarreal incredibly took the lead in the 87th minute when Fornals clipped over Navas after the Real Madrid goalkeeper got down low to keep out a strike from Cheryshev.

The goalkeeper himself wants to play in Real Madrid, but Manchester United hinders to his transfer in every possible way.

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