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Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal LaLiga: as it happened, report, goals

Pablo Fornals scored a late goal to seal Villarreal's first ever league victory on Real Madrid's home turf, causing pressure on Zidane to increase.

Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal LaLiga: as it happened, report, goals

Whistles cascaded down the stands at the Santiago Bernabéu. Zinedine Zidane stood with his hands in his pockets as the rain fell and the Villarreal bench celebrated.

Pablo Fornals' 88th minute chip secured an historic first victory for the Yellow Submarine at the Bernabéu and intensified the toxic atmosphere that engulfs Real Madrid. Los Blancos remain in fourth place in LaLiga, just one point ahead of Villarreal. If Barcelona win at Real Sociedad on Sunday evening, Madrid will fall 19 points behind the leaders.

The Champions League last-16 tie with PSG is quickly assuming the role of a pregnancy in a faltering marriage. Zidane needs to turn the gloomy atmosphere around. Quickly.

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The home side dominated swathes of the match and attempted 28 shots - more than any other side in LaLiga in 2017-18. But the outstanding Sergio Asenjo was equal to everything that came his way. Cristiano Ronaldo was wasteful, missing several solid chances to find the breakthrough.

Villarreal has looked dangerous on the counter-attack all afternoon - despite the absence of recently-sold striker Cedric Bakambu - and when Madrid left themselves exposed following a corner, the away side bombed forward. Keylor Navas blocked Enes Ünal's initial shot, but could only watch, his face forlorn, as Pablo Fornals followed up with a dainty chip. 

Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal: as it happened


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