Real fight back from 2-0 down to beat Villareal

Real Madrid moved back into pole position in La Liga as they came from two goals down to beat Villarreal 3-2 at La Ceramica on Sunday night.

  • Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 3
  • Trigueros gives hosts the lead
  • Bakambu doubles their advantage
  • Bale pulls one back for Los Blancos
  • Ronaldo penalty restores parity
  • Morata scores late winner for Real

Match Summary

Zinedine Zidane's side appeared to be heading for back-to-back defeats in the league after Manu Trigueros and Cedric Bakambu scored six minutes apart to give the Yellow Submarine a 2-0 lead early in the second half.

But Gareth Bale halved the deficit and Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from the penalty spot before Alvaro Morata completed the comeback win late on to take Los Blancos above arch-rivals Barcelona in the standings.

Full Report

The pressure was on Real as they looked to respond to wins from Barca and Sevilla, although Villarreal were not about to make things easy for them.

The hosts threatened first on 12 minutes when Mario Gaspar drew a fine save out of Keylor Navas, although Los Blancos went close at the other end soon afterwards as Sergio Asenjo was forced to palm away a cross from Marcelo that had been deflected goalward by Victor Ruiz.

Two chances then came the way of Fran Escriba's men just before the half-hour mark, with Jonathan dos Santos seeing his shot deflected wide of the target before Samu Castillejo steered Adrian Lopez's cross over the crossbar from six yards out.

The two teams went into the break at level pegging but that changed just five minutes after the restart when Trigueros opened the scoring as he latched onto Castillejo's downward header to beat Navas on the half-volley.

The visitors barely had time to recover when they found themselves 2-0 down six minutes later. Bakambu was sent clear on goal by a fine through-ball from Bruno, and the forward fired into the bottom-left corner of the net from 20 yards out.

Ronaldo was unfortunate to see his volley come crashing back off the frame of the goal moments later as Real looked for a response, which duly arrived on 64 minutes when Bale headed home Dani Carvajal's cross.

The title contenders were back on level terms 10 minutes later as Ronaldo struck from 12 yards out after Bruno had been harshly penalised for handball inside the area. The Portuguese forward broke another record in La Liga as he became the leading penalty scorer with 57.

There was still more drama to follow, however, when Morata scored the winning goal seven minutes from time, the Spanish striker getting on the end of Marcelo's cross to head past substitute keeper Andres Fernandez, who managed to get a glove on the ball but was unable to keep it out.