Villarreal CF and Real Madrid play out a goalless draw in their LaLiga clash at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The home side was on top in the first half, but Arnaut Danjuma was denied by the post, while Alberto Moreno saw an effort saved by Thibaut Courtois.
Real Madrid staged a second-half improvement and should have secured the three points.
Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic hit the bar, while Nacho Fernandez saw an effort cleared off Serge Aurier at the death.
To sum up, A point apiece is perhaps the correct result.
VILLARREAL (4-4-2): Geronimo Rulli;
Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alberto Moreno;
Samuel Chukwueze, Daniel Parejo, Vicente Iborra, Alfonoso Pedraza;
Arnaut Danjuma, Giovani Lo Celso.
VILLARREAL SUBS: Sergio Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, Paco Alcacer, Pervis Estupinan,
Manu Trigueros, Boulaye Dias, Yeremi Pino, Aissa Mandi,
Moi Gomez, Serge Aurier, Filip Jorgensen.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois;
Daniel Carvjal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Marcelo;
Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Federico Valverde;
Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric,
Andriy Lunin, Luka Jovic, Lucas Vazquez, Daniel Ceballos,
Rodrygo, Isco, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Fuidias.
Ancelotti on the chances of Bale starting vs PSG.
On that, the Italian said: “I don’t know, we’ll have to see in the coming days. I hope we can welcome back all the absent players today. Bale had his opportunity today and did well.
“He could have scored, and he was dangerous. But, instead, he did all we asked of him. He showed he is committed.”
Ancelotti on Vinícius dealing with pressure from opponents.
“It doesn’t worry me. Vinicius has to understand that this could happen. He has to try to stay focused on the game. Vinícius had a good game, and we shouldn’t waste energy on such things.”
In a post-match interview, Villarreal manager Unai Emery spoke about the disappointment in only taking a point away from the match with Real Madrid on Saturday.
“The point is insufficient, but we have to take it for as good as the game went.
“We can be close to Madrid at the level of play and duels, but we lack a point that with the whole squad.
“I think we would find it. In two weeks, we have Juventus, and this has been a good test.
“We want to be close to the top and in the Champions League, in games like the one that comes now, to have options.”
So, where else do Villarreal CF and Real Madrid go from here?
Next Saturday, Villarreal is next in action against Granada in La Liga on the road.
Madrid takes on Paris Saint-Germain in their next outing on the road in the Champions League on Tuesday.
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