Villarreal 1 – R. Madrid 1
An error by Courtois, who measured badly against Chukwueze, facilitated the 1-1 of Gerard Moreno, top scorer in LaLiga in the company of Messi.
A triple change completely changed the landscape in La Cermica, where Real Madrid had controlled for 60 minutes with striking solvency. The speed and power of Samu Chukwueze Yeremy Pino and Pervis Estupin unbalanced the defense of Zinedine Zidane frustrated by the fourth adverse penalty in two days in a row. Since 2013, the whites have not suffered a similar punishment from 11 meters.
"We deserved much more today, especially for the first half. It bothered me not to win because of the effort of my players," said Zidane, who he faced the afternoon without Sergio Ramos Casemiro and Karim Benzema the backbone of his blackboard. "We have clearly lost two points", lamented the French technician.
Thibaut Courtois measured badly against the Nigerian winger and Gerard Moreno executed with the same coldness as Carlos Soler in Mestalla. It is not by chance that the Spanish international leads the top scorer in the company of Leo Messi (15 goals).
"I wanted to hold out to the maximum"
The decision did not admit reply of Hernndez Hernndez before the attack of Courtois, who on Wednesday had already starred in a clamorous against Denmark. The bad decision of the Belgian, in an afternoon where the locals did not even add a shot to the goalkeeper beyond the penalty, was fatal for Madrid.
In his 90 matches with Madrid, Courtois has had to face 15 penalties and only stopped one thrown by Willian Jos in Anoeta (3-1). In addition, Rubn Alcaraz sent another to the clouds in Zorrilla.
"We always studied the rival goalkeepers. He held on, I also wanted to hold on to the maximum and I was able to shoot tight", explained Gerard, happy with the improvement in the second half of his team, which already has seven league games without losing. A streak almost antagonistic to that of Madrid, which lost eight points in the last five games.
11 goals in 22 shots
The numerous casualties and the fatigue of some footballers not used to 90 minutes, ended up weighing a team that on Wednesday will play its future in Milan. "In the first part we were very solid and we did not grant a single clear chance. Later they have come to us with more problems, not many more, but just enough to tie", commented Nacho Fernndez very effective in his position as left center-back.
Another regular substitute who was able to draw positive conclusions was Mariano Daz author of the 0-1 with an excellent header and a thunderous start that would have ended in something better if Lucas Vzquez finds the last pass first. Until now, the Barcelona striker had only participated in the final stretch of Mestalla, but his attacks were always a nuisance for Ral Albiol . Since his arrival he has scored 11 goals in 22 shots, with an average of one goal every 90 minutes.
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