Posted: 13:45 GMT, 21 November 2020 | Updated: 17:42 GMT, 21 November 2020

Real Madrid counted the clock back as their injured side had to fight for a point against Unai Emery’s Villarreal

Madrid were ahead within two minutes and it was the player constantly ignored by Zinedine Zidane, Mariano Diaz, who put them in the lead He was only in the squad because of a coronavirus injury positive from Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic

Mariano propelled a Dani Carvajal cross past Sergio Asenjo after gaining the upper hand over Villarreal’s last defender with all the aggression and anticipation that Madrid’s attacking play so often lacks

Villarreal (4-3-3): Asenjo; Gaspar (Pena 89); Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza (Pino 61); Trigueros (Estupinan 61), Iborra, Parejo; Moreno, Bacca (Chukwueze 61), Moi Gomez (Kubo 89)

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Courteous; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Kroos; Vazquez, Odegaard (Isco 65), Hazard (Vinicius 65); Mariano Diaz (Asensio 85)

Villarreal was upset because Lucas Vazquez was offside when the ball reached Carvajal The flag was raised but quickly lowered when he left the ball for the full-back to cross

It was Mariano’s sixth goal in just seven games for Madrid and by his standards, at 105 seconds he had arrived late – it only took 53 seconds to score for Madrid against Barcelona as a substitute for the last season

He was very bright from the start as Madrid threatened at the break In the 31st minute it could have been two as Carvajal ran over a Toni Kroos pass but Alfonso Pedraza pulled off the tackle before crossing Mariano in the second post And Mariano then started the next counterattack before finding Lucas who couldn’t finish

Dani Parejo went from close with a header on a Gerard Moreno cross but Villarreal was mostly kept at bay by a missing Real Madrid side Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Casemiro

Mariano got off to a good start in the second half too and from his clever pullback Lucas should have produced something better than the skewed shot far above the summit which didn’t bother Asenjo

Villarreal almost equalized when Moreno shot wide He was sidelined by Manu Trigueros after Toni Kroos tried to play from behind and was caught by Parejo

Samuel Chukwueze came on time and took over the assist from Parejo Madrid also made changes with Eden Hazard replaced by Isco and Martin Odegaard by Vinicius

It was Vinicius who played the wrong pass on a Madrid counter that led Villarreal to break and win a penalty to equalize Substitute Pervis Estupiñan was knocked down by Courtois and Moreno scored his fifth goal of the season in the corner beyond the dive of the Belgian goalkeeper who had taken the right path

The goal remained and Mariano scored in his first start since May 2019, but Madrid offered little

Moreno could have secured a second soon after but Raphael Varane blocked his shot with a late tackle that turned him down after Modric was kicked off the ball in midfield

It could have been a lot worse for Real Madrid Loanee Take Kubo came in for the home side and could have won it against his parent club, but Courtois blocked his shot and both teams had to settle for the point

Zidane was more relieved than his counterpart Emery, if he ever had a chance to beat Madrid, that was it and his team had taken advantage of the second half to take the three points

It was more of a disappointment for Real Madrid who remain fourth in the table for the moment

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A share of the booty then for both camps after a largely lethargic match on both sides

Real Madrid took the lead in the second minute on Mariano’s header over Carvajal’s cross, but they created little to test Asenjo after that

Villarreal was also lackluster and only looked like a constant threat once Chukwueze was introduced, and it was the Nigerian who won the penalty for Moreno to equalize

Moreno and Parejo also had scoring chances and had they been taken away Madrid might have suffered another loss in Valencia but Unai Emery’s men missed the opportunity to jump to the top of the ranking

What a save from Courtois to prevent Kubo from stealing the points, with Real on loan at Real clinging to Moreno’s pass at the break before having a shot saved by the Belgian

Change for the hosts, with Mario Gaspar, who had been on land for about a minute before the submarine, leaves for Ruben Pena Moi Gomez is also replaced by Take Kubo

Another change for the visitors, with Asensio coming for Madrid scorer Mariano Diaz

Moreno should have scored his second of the night there Kroos is again poor in midfield and concedes possession, and the ball is passed to Moreno who is free

But it takes so long to settle in that Varane is able to come in and deflect the ball for a corner

Madrid have reacted well from the goal and push back Villarreal but still have to test Asenjo from his concession

Moreno restores parity here, converting the spot in the lower left corner Courtois is once again furious at not saving him, given he seemed to get his hands on it

A final penalty and a chance for the hosts to draw a tie after Courtois made contact with Chukwueze, who has been excellent since his arrival

There is danger for the advancing hosts as Lucas Vazquez, who had Modric free to his right, tests Asenjo with a curling effort that the keeper parades behind for a corner

The last chance sees Raul Albiol, former Madrid defender, rule out a wide shot after better work from Estupinan and Chukwueze

Substitute Estupinan rushes to the left and kicks him into the box The former Valencia player runs on the ball and goes with the side foot, but drags it far away at the end

Some tasty challenges that led to stoppages in the last few minutes First, Modric and Iborra go for a 50/50 and the Villarreal midfielder is doing worse

Seconds later, Nacho becomes the first reservation in the game after eliminating Mario Gaspar

Zidane responds with a double change of his own, with ineffective Hazard and Odegaard withdrawn for Vinicus Junior and Isco

Immediate implication for Chukwueze, who comes from the right, plays a brace with Parejo before soaring over the bar But it’s better than most of what Villarreal has produced so far

Lucas Vazquez may have been a bit anonymous in the first half, but he’s been excellent so far this period, sparkling a ball in Mariano that he is simply unable to control

Meanwhile, Villarreal makes a triple change with Bacca, Pedraza and Trigueros exiting for Pino, Chukwueze and Estupinan

But he has to strike with his weaker right foot and drags the effort well beyond the far post

Kubo and Chukwueze warm up for the hosts and it looks like introductions are needed, with the visitors having the next shot, but a tired shot from Odegaard is easily blocked by Albiol

Scorching frustration for Villarreal here, as Moreno is penalized for fouling Nacho with the hosts looking to break after Asenjo recovers the cross from Lucas Vazquez

A few moments almost on both sides Moreno controls a long ball well but takes too long to feed the interceptions of Bacca and Nacho

On the other end, Lucas Vazquez curls up after a cut from Mariano before the center forward was flagged offside

Looks like Emery told his team to get higher up the pitch and they’ve maintained possession so far, but with little success at this very early stage of the second half

It is Zinedine Zidane’s men who revive us at Villarreal, 45 minutes from a very important victory Can Emery’s men change things?

Villareal has been really impressive this season Except against Barcelona when they were terrible and this first half against Real Madrid where they were not good

As you can imagine, a lot of the half-time stats are for today’s striker, who has the current team’s best goal average and third this century behind Ronaldo and Morata, who have averaged one goal every 81 and 91 minutes for the club respectively

¡¡Mariano es el tercer jugador del Real Madrid with mejor promedio goleador, in #LaLiga, in el Siglo XXI! 😨 Solamente lo superan: ⚽️ Cristiano Ronaldo (1 gol cada 81 min) ⚽️ Álvaro Morata (1 gol cada 91 min) 🔥 Mariano Díaz (1 gol cada 130 min) 📻 @Carrusel picTwittercom / uPCGlV8XlB

A half that only saw a few moments end It started off so well when Mariano Diaz scored his sixth goal in seven starts for Madrid

This is the striker’s first start since May 2019, but two minutes later he flew past Mario Gaspar to pass Sergio Asenjo

Many host defenders came to a halt after a brief raising of the assistant’s flag for offside against Lucas Vazquez in preparation, which allowed the goal

Emery’s men have been pedestrians ever since, with Parejo’s free header their only real chance, and they really need to pick up the pace So far all is well for Zidane with all the problems he had before the match

An extra minute at the end of a pedestrian half at the Estadio de la Ceramica

“Mariano did more in 35 minutes than Luka Jovic in a year and a half”, says Carrusel Deportivo

Slight hint of possible handball and penalty for Madrid, but there is nothing to be done after the center hits Pedraza before Mendy installs Kroos, whose shot was blocked

A pretty dull encounter in all honesty this one since the start of the goal drama

Takefusa Kubo is on loan from Real Madrid to Villarreal and is on the bench for the hosts and can be used against his parent club

That just sums up Villarreal and their lackluster tempo this half The hosts win a free kick from 30 yards, but Parejo not only hits the first man, but then allows Mariano to have a marauding run

The attacker then sets up Lucas Vazquez whose shot is blocked and returned to Diaz who is reported offside

The situation looks very worrying for the hosts but the returning right-back hesitates a bit too long and is pressurized before hitting the ball into the side net

Pedraza appears to be the best outlet in terms of attacking Villarreal at the moment, however his latest cross is deflected before being claimed by Courtois, who has been a virtual spectator so far

Another great opportunity for the hosts, this time from Trigueros, who takes a corner following a good job from Pedraza on the left

But Emery’s men have wasted the set piece opportunities they have so far, and that will have to change

Villarreal is starting to have some glee now, and their latest attack sees them win a free kick following a challenge from Carvajal

Spain international Gerard Moreno finds space and delivers an excellent cross in an unmarked Parejo at the near post

It’s better from the hosts Manu Trigueros brilliantly comes out from the midfield, breaking the line for the Madrid midfielder and feeding Bacca, who is largely protected before winning a corner

He will be furious with the goal defense, which saw Pedraza unable to control the ball before the center and Mario Gaspar beaten to the ball by Mariano

This is the most comfortable that visitors have watched this season and in contrast to the disaster in Valencia

The hosts try to regain control of the game thanks to Dani Parejo but have yet to really force Madrid back

Mariano slows down It took him 106 seconds to score today Under 30 when he scored against Barcelona

Mendy replaced Marcelo and represented the worrying reassurance that Madrid are showing as a team and that will worry Emery

Carvajal is however obliged to make a good block with the hosts using the sides well

Well that makes it a little more complicated for the hosts, and now Gaspar is being bullied with the ball by Mendy in a dangerous position

It will do good for Mariano, who starts his first game since last year, coming home after a cross from Dani Carvajal’s return

Villarreal protested after returning home with the hosts believing there was an offside against Lucas Vaqzquez in the build-up and with the assistant also raising his flag before the move was over

A strong early press from the hosts here, but Madrid managed to hold onto the ball and stroke it well in midfield

These are the hosts who put us on the road at the end of the afternoon in the sun of Villarreal Let’s see who can strengthen his title challenge today

Players through the tunnel then past it, Varane leading the visitors as they seek to put the recent disappointment behind them

For Vinicius Junior, if there was a day when Zidane hoped Hazard would go well, it would be today

Hazard has only scored twice in the league since his transfer from Chelsea, but will have to lead a less star-studded front line today on the sidelines

It’s not long before the kick-off of these two teams at the Estadio de la Ceramica

Can visitors relieve some of the strain on Zidane in the sun, especially after the Valencia debacle last time around?

Although it is early in the season, this game is important for a number of reasons, but most importantly the fascinating title race that is unfolding

Real Sociedad and Villarreal are both surprise candidates, but can they really go the distance? PETE JENSON reveals everything

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo occupy Zidane’s bench and will certainly come later in the game, but there is no Casemiro, an inconclusive case despite negative results earlier this week

📍 | This is the first time this season that no Brazilian player has been in Real Madrid’s starting XI #rmalive

While Varane may not be going anywhere, reports in Spain claim Isco has accepted he may have to leave Madrid in January

The midfielder is named one of Villarreal’s subs again today despite issues with several members of Zidane’s squad

France’s World Cup winner dominates the visitors today in the absence of Sergio Ramos with an injury suffered in Spain

A look at the Estadio de la Ceramica before kick-off to recall something that has become too familiar so far this year

A man who was almost kicked out of Arsenal almost a year ago once again demonstrates the qualities he has as a manager

Villarreal finished fifth in La Liga last season under Javier Calleja, but found new verve thanks to smart summer recruiting by collecting 18 points from his nine appearances to sit second in the table, just two points behind. leader of Real Sociedad

Their current undefeated streak spans four games and despite an excellent start to the Europa League campaign, this game presents a challenge for Emery after his side were humiliated by Barcelona in the Catalans’ opener

Pau Torres seems certain to be Sergio Ramos’ partner at Euro 2020 and he has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks

* Starting Pau Torres is making a name for himself In terms of the most successful passes in #LaLiga so far this season, it’s him Building at the back, he has completed 532 passes Impressive for a defender central at the top of this list! #VillarrealRealMadrid

As the starting XI shows, Zidane has a lot of injury issues right now, but those aren’t the only issues he is facing right now

A solid roster named by Unai Emery despite the absence of Paco Alcacer, with Pau Torres and Gerard Moreno – who were both recently serving in Spain – getting the usual nod

#VillarrealRealMadrid | Here is how we will line up to face @realmadriden at the Estadio de la Cerámica Come on yellow! 💛 photoTwittercom / y5ridxn4Jw

A start for Mariano Diaz in the absence of Karim Benzema, while Nacho will be associated with Raphael Varane in central defense

The afternoon kickoff in Spain pits second to fourth place in the table, but not as you might expect

Villarreal has been excellent so far under former Arsenal and PSG boss Unai Emery and sits behind Real Sociedad’s only other surprise package

Things are not so rosy for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, with the Frenchman without six members of his squad, including the backbone of Sergio Ramos, Casemiro and Karim Benzema

Madrid need the points as they sit in fourth place, so join me and find out if they can do it despite their injury crisis

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