Villarreal vs. Real Madrid – Football Match Report – January 7, 2023

Real Madrid suffered a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal as they missed a chance to put pressure on leaders Barcelona in the LaLiga title race.

Yeremy Pino sent Villarreal into the lead in the opening minutes of the second-half, but Madrid striker Karim Benzema levelled the scores from the penalty spot on the hour mark.

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Gerard Moreno edged Villarreal back ahead almost immediately after when Madrid defender David Alaba’s handball gave the hosts a penalty, which Moreno converted.

The result means Madrid remain in second, level on points with Barca who face Atletico Madrid on Sunday.