La Liga Santander Real Madrid extend unbeaten run despite Villarreal draw

Real Madrid were held to a 4-4 draw by Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica and have now gone a record 31 games without defeat in La Liga.

Both teams dominated a period of the match, which was highly entertaining for the fans. The champions produced a spectacular first half in which they scored four goals and demonstrated their clinical finishing in front of goal.

Arda Guler bagged two of them, taking his tally to six in the competition. Joselu and Lucas Vazquez, who also set up another two goals, grabbed the other two. In the second half, Sorloth added three more goals to the one he had scored in the first half to level the match.

A high tempo first half saw five goals scored and it didn’t take long for the chances to come. Villarreal, who were vying for a spot in European competition, carved out the first chance after six minutes with Sorloth’s shot from the edge of the area, but Lunin was on hand with a great save to fingertip the ball onto the post. Madrid’s reply was emphatic.

Brahim set up Arda Guler, who brought the ball down perfectly to beat Bailly and slotted home with a left-footed shot across the face of goal.

Villarreal could have drawn level midway through the first half when Militao almost put through his own net from a corner, but Lunin was at his best again to keep the ball out with his foot. Six minutes later, the champions extend their lead.

Lucas Vazquez crossed from the right and Joselu headed the ball home with a clinical finish. It was 0-2 after half an hour, but Sorloth gave the home fans something to cheer about by scoring Villarreal’s first goal in the 39th minute with a fine header.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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