Real Madrid gave up points at home for the first time this season with a 0-0 draw against Villarreal on Saturday night at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. After having their way in the middle of the week against Mallorca, it was the complete opposite for Carlo Ancelottis's men against the Yellow Submarine, who were determined, organized and compact in rejecting Los Blancos. Ancelotti showed a wrinkle in his starting eleven, as Fede Valverde entered on the right side and Nacho on the left side. Luka Modric and Casemiro returned to midfield, along with Marco Asensio and Rodrygo in attack. The first chance to score was for Villarreal, with Arnaut Danjuma finishing off a shot that forced Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to make a great save.
There were some pushes and punctures from Madrid, but nothing that gave Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli a problem. In any case, Villarreal remained the best team and Dajuma had a goal again, only to see how his effort was diverted. Ancelotti did not hesitate to make a change during the break, bringing in Eduardo Camavinga for Rodrygo and the locals were immediately better and came close with a header from Eder Militao after an Asensio foul. Villarreal was not leaving either and everything was in order for Paco Alcácer to give his team the advantage, but he could not connect right in front of Courtois.
Later, Eden Hazard was replaced by Modric, while Madrid kept pushing for a winner, followed by Isco by Asensio. Isco almost made an immediate impact with a header that was blocked by Rulli resulting in a mad rush in front of goal and ultimately a clearance. Madrid got everyone on in the dying minutes in search of the decisive goal, but Villarreal was unbreakable, leaving Los Blancos to lose two points at home.
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