Sport Real Madrid winless in 3 matches after home loss to Villarreal

21:20  13 january  2018
21:20  13 january  2018 Source:   theScore

Diego Costa sent off after scoring on second Atletico Madrid La Liga debut

  Diego Costa sent off after scoring on second Atletico Madrid La Liga debut The 29-year-old received just the second red card of his league career barely more than an hour into his return to the Spanish capital .WATCH: It was typical Diego Costa on his first start for Atletico Madrid since returning!He scored the home side's second of the match before being given his marching orders...Harsh from the referee?More: https://t.co/0cv7K9jlLzpic.twitter.com/n6JEmKLMeb— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 6, 2018GOOOOOOOAL!GUESS WHO IS BACK. @diegocosta! #LaLigapic.twitter.

Former Madrid forward Denis Cheryshev came close with a shot for Villarreal after halftime, and Las Palmas could have left the bottom of the standings with a draw but it never challenged the Catalan host at Montilivi Stadium, seeing its winless streak reach seven matches in all competitions.

Former Madrid forward Denis Cheryshev came close with a shot for Villarreal after halftime, and Las Palmas could have left the bottom of the standings with a draw but it never challenged the Catalan host at Montilivi Stadium, seeing its winless streak reach seven matches in all competitions.

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Real Madrid remains 16 points adrift of league-leading Barcelona following a sobering 1-0 home defeat to Villarreal.

It was the first ever win for the visitor at the Bernabeu, and one that loosens Zinedine Zidane's grip on the managerial reins in Madrid. It was also the first time Los Blancos lost two consecutive matches at home since February 2007.

Pablo Fornals neatly lobbed Keylor Navas for the winning goal after 87 minutes. The Costa Rican was stranded after blocking Enes Unal's effort, but it wasn't as straight-forward chance for Fornals who seemed to slow time down before lifting the ball to find the onion bag.

With words, Zidane tries to get Real Madrid back on track

  With words, Zidane tries to get Real Madrid back on track Zinedine Zidane is hoping his words will help put Real Madrid back on track.Zidane had a longer than usual talk with his players before training on Tuesday, saying it's his responsibility to keep them motivated despite the team's struggles in the Spanish league."Sometimes a talk is necessary," Zidane said. "I'm not giving a speech just to give a speech."I'm not happy with the situation," he said. "We can improve in all areas. All I can do is keep working hard and keep giving my best. And it's the same regarding my players. I have to try to get each one of them to give a little bit more.

Spanish La Liga match R Madrid vs Villarreal (20 Apr 2016). Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Real in the first half, before Lucas Vazquez and Luka Modric secured the three points after break.

Spanish La Liga match Villarreal vs R Madrid (26 Feb 2017). Preview and stats followed by live commentary, video highlights and match report. Moments after Benzema wasted a golden chance to put Real in the lead, the home side were in front thanks to Trigueros, who fired in from 12 yards after

With La Liga ambitions practically quashed, the clear priority at Real Madrid is attempting to capture a third straight Champions League crown. The club hasn't been handed a kind draw in the knockout rounds - Paris Saint-Germain is its opponent in the round of 16 - and derisory results could mean Zidane isn't the man in charge for the remainder of that campaign.

It's been a frustrating season for

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