Once again Real Madrid failed to pick up points on the road after a hard-fought effort from Villarreal ensured the two sides ended the encounter with shared points.
The Los Merengues were ahead thanks to a high cross outside the box by Daniel Carvajal which was high enough to locate Mariano, who took to chance than to head home for Real Madrid’s first goal of the game.
The Madridistas kept pressing hard for a second, but a well-spirited effort spearhead Villarreal chase for an equalizer which was rewarded by an effort by the goal-scoring machine himself Gerard Moreno deep in the second half to steal a point.
Real Madrid star Eden Hazard started the game but was taken off for Vinicius Junior in the second half.
The two sides had chances to increase the goal tally, but no breakthrough could be recorded till the final whistle was blown by the centre referee Hernandez A.
The Standings and how the draw against Villarreal will affect Real Madrid chances after nine rounds
The result today means the club will remain 4th on the league table after nine rounds. Even though 5th placed Granada wins, the Los Merengues will retain their top in the top four.
Spanish La Liga table
1.Real Sociedad 20 pts
2. Real Madrid 17 pts