Villareal almost have the next big chance. Yeremy looks to head a cross in from midfield for Alberto Moreno, who would be free in front of Courtois. But the filing is too imprecise. In this way, the goalkeeper can defuse the situation.



    Modrić plays a good diagonal ball into the run of Eder Militão. However, the Brazilian shows once again that he is not a flank specialist. His cross lands in Pepe Reina’s arms.



    Foyth makes a blunder in midfield. As a result, Benzema and Vinícius Júnior approach Raúl Albiol together. The centre-back could never match Vinícius Júnior’s pace but Benzema decides to dribble the veteran star. That was a wrong decision. In a duel, Raúl Albiol is in a class of his own. He lynches the ball from Benzema and thus prevents the deficit.



    The corner from the right is cleared at the first post by Modrić. Alberto Moreno comes to an end from the backcourt. His shot is blocked.



    Álex Baena shoots from distance for the third time. This time his volley is deflected. The ball flies over the gate and there is a corner.



    Wild action in Real’s penalty area. Dani Parejo brings a free kick up to the far post from the left. There Foyth saves the ball just before the gate. He returns a header to Gerard Moreno. His header is only prevented by Courtois’ right hand. After that there is a little hustle and bustle in the penalty area, but Real can ultimately clarify.



    Another great finish for the hosts. Villareal uses the calmer phase and picks up the pace again. Chukwueze goes over the right side and then puts in the backcourt again. Again Álex Baena comes to a close from a distance. His flick of the right foot goes just over the right angle.



    The game takes a first little breather. The first 28 minutes it was actually back and forth all the time. Now the game calms down a bit.



    Another good finish for the home side. Chukwueze deals with several opponents on the right side of the penalty area and then puts it on Álex Baena in the backcourt. The midfielder pulls half-height from the second row. The ball just misses to the left.



    Yeremy has the 1-0 on the foot! The Villareal winger gets the ball on the left side of the penalty area and approaches Courtois alone. But he takes too long, gets closer and closer to the goalkeeper and finally shoots him. That was a huge opportunity.



    Eder Militão has a great opportunity to take the lead. Benzema plays a great pass into the path of Eder Militão, who runs freely on the right side of the penalty area. But he thinks for too long, so a defender intervenes and defuses his degree.



    Real now has a first small phase of pressure. But Los Blancos don’t really get in front of the goal. Villareal always looks dangerous on the counterattack.



    Kroos plays the free kick due from the right half-field briefly into the center to Modrić, who crosses into the middle. The entry is cleared.



    Pau Torres

    Pau Torres (Villarreal CF) is shown a yellow card.

    Pau Torres receives a very tough yellow card for lightly touching Eder Militão’s face with his arm during a running duel.


    4:30 p.m

    Benzema has his first degree. The Frenchman gets the ball on the edge of the penalty area. Then he takes two steps into the penalty area and shoots with his left hand. The shot goes just over the goal. Benzema demands a corner, but there is a goal kick.



    Next deal for Villareal. Pau Torres plays a good pass from midfield into Gerard Moreno’s run. The striker has some space on the left side of the penalty area but not a good shooting position. He shoots a meter wide of the near post.



    Modrić plays a great outside instep pass through Alberto Moreno’s legs into Vinícius Júnior’s barrel. The Brazilian brings the ball in front of the goal from the baseline. Raúl Albiol clears with a header.



    Modrić uses Eder Militão with a good pass down the right wing. The defender’s cross goes straight to the goalkeeper.



    Real has a free kick from the left half field. Kroos puts the ball high into the box, but a defender clears with a header.



    Almost 1:0 for the yellow submarine! Again Real plays a bad pass in their own half. Villareal makes it up to you and fast. Alberto Moreno is seated on the left. He brings the ball low into the penalty area. There, Coquelin goes unhindered with the hoe to the ball. His technically demanding finish goes against the far post.



    Villareal have plenty of space again on the counterattack. This time Gerard Moreno goes over the right side. He plays a low cross to Yeremy, but the pass is too inaccurate. Eder Militão can clarify.



    Villareal has the first good chance after less than 30 seconds. After a real misstep, the home side switch well. A cross comes from the right half field into the penalty area on Gerard Moreno. The striker lays down for Coquelin, who volleys from 16 yards. The ball goes almost a meter over the goal.


    Carlo Ancelotti also fielded his B-Elf in the cup. Compared to the narrow 1-0 victory, only two players remain in the starting XI today. Only Eder Militão and Aurélien Tchouaméni were on the pitch from the start on Tuesday.


    On the staff: Quique Setién sent his second team onto the pitch in the 5-1 cup win over FC Cartagena. In contrast to this game, the coach changes nine positions today. Only goalkeeper Pepe Reina and midfielder Álex Baena were in the starting XI on Tuesday.


    Real Madrid struggled after the World Cup break. In the cup, it was only enough for a narrow 1:0 against the fourth division CP Cacereño. In the league, Benzema secured a 2-0 win against Valladolid in the final minutes. As a result, the Whites remain level on points with leaders Barcelona. However, the performances shown were not really impressive and the fitness of the real stars, almost all of whom were at the World Cup, will be put to the test in the coming weeks. Today Villareal is the first strong opponent of the new year.


    Since the World Cup, Villareal have played three competitive games and recorded three wins. However, two of the three successes were in the cup, where they only scored 2-1 against fourth division CD Guijelo in extra time. In LaLiga, Quique Setién’s team managed an important 2-1 win against Valencia FC to end the year. As a result, the yellow submarine in seventh place is keeping up with the international places. Fourth-placed Atlético are just three points away.


    Hello and welcome to La Liga matchday 16. Today at 4:15 p.m. Real Madrid are visiting Villareal FC.