Exhausted Real Madrid held 1-1 at Villarreal


Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gave away a penalty as a Real Madrid side missing several players drew 1-1 with Villarreal in the Spanish league on Saturday.

In just his second appearance of the season, striker Mariano Díaz scored a goal three minutes after kick-off in a promising start for Madrid at Estadio de la Cerámica in Villarreal.

But Gerard Moreno equalized from the penalty spot in the 76th after Courtois shot Samuel Chukwueze down while trying to reach the ball.

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Unai Emery’s Villarreal have gone undefeated in all home competitions this campaign. The draw left him in second place, one point behind leaders Real Sociedad who play in Cadiz on Sunday.

Madrid were missing Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Federico Valverde due to injury. Casemiro, Éder Militão and Luka Jovic were not available after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Madrid’s slide came one lap after being beaten 4-1 in Valencia. Zinedine Zidane’s side remained in fourth place.

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