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Real Madrid v Villarreal Live Commentary, 16/07/2020

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2 - 1
RMA
VIL
K. Benzema (29)
K. Benzema (77 pen)
Iborra (83)
Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano

Commentary

That's all for now. Thank you for following live coverage of this LaLiga clash which has seen Real Madrid confirmed as league champions!
Madrid will now travel to Leganes on the final day of the LaLiga season safe in the knowledge that they have already sealed the title following today's result. Meanwhile, Villarreal still have plenty to play for as they will be aiming to cling on to fifth spot when they host Eibar over the weekend, with Real Sociedad now just two points behind Calleja's side following their goalless draw with Sevilla tonight.
Madrid seal the LaLiga title following a 2-1 victory over Villarreal courtesy of a brace from Benzema. The striker put his side in front in the 29th minute as he drilled the ball underneath Asenjo, while he extended Madrid's lead with a penalty in the 77th minute after Ramos drew the initial foul. Iborra's header pulled one back for Villarreal with seven minutes remaining, but Madrid held on for the victory despite seeing Asensio's stoppage-time goal disallowed for handball.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: Real Madrid 2-1 Villarreal
90' + 6' DISALLOWED! Asensio's goal has been chalked off after the VAR check spotted a handball from Benzema in the build-up.
90' + 5' GOOOAL! Asensio makes it 3-1 to Madrid! Vincius produces an electric turn of pace to break into the left-hand side of the box, and he then cuts it back to Asensio who sweeps the ball home. However, there will be a VAR check...
90' + 3' SO CLOSE! Gaspar's in-swinging delivery from the right causes havoc in the Madrid box as Courtois pushes it out to Bruno who sees his initial effort saved by the Madrid goalkeeper, and Iborra then pokes his follow-up effort wide of the left-hand post.
90' + 2' Villarreal win a free-kick some 25 yards from goal following Casemiro's handball, but Ontiveros' thunderous strike is parried away by Courtois.
90' There will be six minutes of added time.
88' CHANCE! Villarreal win a corner on the right flank which drops into a dangerous area, but Bruno fails to get a touch on it and it then drops to Sofian who lashes it over the bar.
Isco
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
86' Isco is shown a yellow card soon after his introduction following a late tackle on Ontiveros.
Lucas Vázquez
Dani Carvajal
Real Madrid
85' Madrid are making a triple change with the first of these seeing Carvajal replaced by Vazquez.
F. Valverde
T. Kroos
Real Madrid
84' Madrid's final switch sees Valverde come on to replace Kroos.
Isco
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
84' Madrid's next change sees Modric make way for Isco.
Mario Gaspar
Assist
Villarreal
83' That was a very well-worked goal from the visitors as Gaspar executed a pinpoint cross to pick out Iborra and the substitute then produced a fine header. Villarreal are back in the game.
Iborra
Goal
Villarreal
83' GOOOAL! Iborra makes it 2-1! Gaspar controls the ball in a pocket of space on the right flank before whipping an excellent delivery into the box, and Iborra is played onside by Ramos as he rises highest to direct the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.
Manu Trigueros
A. Zambo Anguissa
Villarreal
82' Villarreal are making their fifth change with Trigueros replacing Anguissa.
81' OFF THE BAR! Cazorla is dispossessed in a dangerous area which allows Kroos to let fly from some 25 yards, but his strike smashes against the crossbar!
79' The players are now taking the second drinks break.
K. Benzema
Penalty Goal
Real Madrid
77' GOOOAL! Benzema makes it 2-0! Villarreal are not happy with the referee for allowing Madrid to re-take the penalty, but Benzema steps up and drills the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to double their lead.
74' DISALLOWED! Ramos runs up to take the penalty but instead tries to lay it off to the onrushing Benzema who fires the ball home, but the goal is disallowed as Benzema was too early in entering the penalty area. Benzema will now re-take the spot-kick.
73' PENALTY! Ramos sprints forward from deep before going to ground under the challenge of Sofian just inside the box, and the referee points to the spot.
72' Villarreal register their first shot on target as Ontiveros receives the ball from Gaspar before launching a strike from just outside the right-hand side of the box, but it is saved by Courtois.
70' Rodrygo wins the ball in the final third and looks to slip a throughball into the path of Benzema, but Torres reacted quickly to snuff out the danger.
69' Courtois is now back on his feet and looks able to continue following his treatment.
Xavi Quintillà
Yellow Card
Villarreal
67' Quintilla is shown a yellow card for his dangerous challenge on Courtois.
67' Courtois requires medical treatment after taking a knock from Quintilla's late challenge.
66' Quintilla is played the ball on the left flank before producing a heavy touch to take it into the penalty box, but Courtois beats him to the loose ball and the referee awards a free-kick to Madrid for a foul on the goalkeeper.
64' Ontiveros has an opportunity to test Courtois with a free-kick following Modric's foul, but he lifts his strike over the left-hand post as Madrid win a goal-kick.
Santi Cazorla
Moi Gómez
Villarreal
62' The fourth Villarreal switch sees Cazorla come on to replace Gomez.
Iborra
Manu Morlanes
Villarreal
62' Iborra is brought on to replace Morlanes in Villarreal's third swap of the match.
Marco Asensio
E. Hazard
Real Madrid
62' The second Madrid substitution sees Hazard make way for Asensio.
Vinícius Júnior
Rodrygo
Real Madrid
62' Madrid's first change sees Vincius replace Rodrygo.
L. Modrić
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
62' Modric is shown a yellow card following his late challenge on Ontiveros.
60' Hazard slips a pass through to Mendy who powers forward into plenty of space on the left channel, but he then drives his cross straight into the hands of Asenjo.
57' Madrid win a free-kick near the right flank following Ontiveros' foul on Rodrygo, but Kroos' out-swinging delivery is nodded away by Anguissa before it can reach the likes of Benzema and Rodrygo.
55' Varane's clearance sees Villarreal win a corner which Courtois is able to claim with relative ease.
Dani Carvajal
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
54' Carvajal is shown a yellow card for an off-the-ball incident.
54' SAVE! Carvajal shows excellent skill to shield the ball from Torres near the right-hand byline before firing a powerful left-footed effort at goal, but Asenjo palms it away and Hazard fails to react to the rebound.
52' Modric switches the ball towards Mendy on the left flank who struggles to bring it under control, but he then manages to win a throw-in for his side following some assistance from Hazard.
50' Mendy drives down the left channel before linking up with Hazard who manages to retain the ball near the corner flag, but he is then forced back by Gaspar as Madrid's attack eventually fizzles out.
48' Quintilla receives the ball on the left channel before swinging a cross into the box which Carvajal clears from the front post before it can travel through to the lurking Gerard Moreno in the middle.
Javi Ontiveros
S. Chukwueze
Villarreal
46' Ontiveros is brought on to replace Chukwueze in Villarreal's second change.
Bruno
Rubén Peña
Villarreal
46' Villarreal have made a double change at the break with the first switch seeing Pena replaced by Bruno.
46' The referee blows his whistle and Madrid get the second period underway!
The players are now heading back on the pitch as the start of the second half draws closer.
Madrid certainly enjoyed the better of the first half against their fifth-placed opponents, but they will be striving to increase their lead soon after the interval in order to assuage any fear of a Villarreal comeback. The good news for Madrid is that Barcelona are losing 1-0 at the interval in a scoreline which would see Zidane's men claim the title anyhow, but the Madrid boss will want his side to see to things themselves at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.
Madrid head into the interval with a one-goal lead courtesy of Benzema's opener in the 29th minute. Casemiro won the ball in midfield before teeing up Modric to pick out Benzema inside the box, and the Frenchman fired home to put the hosts in the driving seat with his 20th goal of the season. Villarreal only registered one attempt on goal during a half in which they largely struggled to impose themselves against the LaLiga leaders.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: Real Madrid 1-0 Villarreal
45' + 2' Villarreal win a free-kick inside the Madrid half following Ramos' foul on Chukwueze, but Quintilla's delivery is met by the head of Sofian who nods it well wide of the right-hand post.
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
43' Rodrygo gets the better of Quintilla near the right-hand byline before fizzing a low delivery into the six-yard box, but he fails to pick out a teammate and Sofian then thunders it out for a corner.
41' Anguissa tries to link up with Gomez near the left-hand corner as Villarreal aim to retain the ball in the final third, but Carvajal is once again on hand to quell the danger as he makes a strong interception.
39' Chukwueze drives into the Madrid half with intent before attempting to find Gomez with a throughball to his left, but Carvajal manages to make an interception as he diverts the ball back to Courtois.
37' Carvajal threads a ball for Rodrygo to chase down the right channel and the winger manages to loop a cross into the box, but Benzema does not arrive quick enough to connect with the high delivery.
35' Quintilla edges forward on the left before lifting the ball forward for Pena to chase down the channel, but the loose ball is claimed by the emerging Courtois as Villarreal's attack comes to an end.
33' Casemiro comes under significant pressure from Gerard Moreno inside his own half, but the Madrid midfielder displays excellent composure to switch play with a long ball towards Mendy on the left flank.
31' The players are now taking a drinks break.
L. Modrić
Assist
Real Madrid
29' The move started when Casemiro won the ball in midfield before teeing up Modric to launch a quick attack, and the Croatian midfielder always looked in control of the situation as he timed his pass perfectly to set up Benzema.
K. Benzema
Goal
Real Madrid
29' GOOOAL! Benzema makes it 1-0 to Madrid! Modric surges into the final third before sliding a smooth pass towards Benzema as he enters the right-hand side of the box, and the striker makes no mistake as he drills the ball underneath Asenjo to open the scoring.
26' Villarreal are starting to look more comfortable in this match following a strong start from Madrid, with Calleja's men now stringing a series of passes together along the defence and midfield.
24' Carvajal weighs up his options before finding Rodrygo on the overlap on the right flank, but the winger's low delivery into the box is blocked by Torres before Villarreal clear their lines.
22' Villarreal enjoy a rare spell of possession before Quintilla launches a long pass towards Chukwueze who cannot prevent Courtois from retrieving the ball as the visitors' first real attacking venture is cut short.
20' Kroos looks to switch play across to the left flank after running into some congestion in the middle of the park, but Mendy fails to control the ball near the left-hand byline and Villarreal win the throw-in.
S. Chakla
Yellow Card
Villarreal
18' Sofian is shown a yellow card following a foul on Hazard near the left flank.
16' Madrid have boasted just over 61 per cent of the possession in the opening stages of this clash. Zidane's men have also registered six shots on goal, with Villarreal having yet to record an attempt so far.
14' CHANCE! Casemiro receives the ball just outside the centre of the box before clipping a pass towards Benzema on the left-hand side of the box, but his hooked cross evades Rodrygo before drifting out for a goal-kick.
12' Casemiro controls the ball in midfield before firing an ambitious 30-yard strike at goal, but the midfielder can only direct it high and wide.
11' Madrid win a free-kick following Sofian's foul on Hazard, but Kroos' resulting delivery is cleared away by Gerard Moreno as Villarreal continue to withstand a sustained period of early pressure from Madrid.
9' Carvajal creates a pocket of space on the right flank before attempting to pull the ball back into the centre, but it is intercepted by Gomez who then attempts to launch a quick break down the left flank.
7' Modric collects the ball on the right-hand side of the box before squaring a dangerous delivery towards Benzema near the penalty spot, but the striker's first-time strike is comfortably held by Asenjo who has been busy in the early stages.
5' A prolonged spell of possession from Madrid results in Carvajal threading a throughball into the path of Modric near the right-hand byline, but Asenjo once again emerges from his goal to collect the loose ball.
3' Ramos launches a long ball forward from deep and picks out the run of Carvajal as he enters the right-hand side of the penalty area, but the full-back's looped cross is claimed by Asenjo in the Villarreal goal.
1' The referee blows his whistle and the game is underway!
The players are now emerging from the tunnel as kick-off edges closer.
Madrid are yet to lose a home league game in the 2019/20 season with the league leaders having won 14 and drawn 4 of their 18 home matches. However, Villarreal boast the fourth-best away record in LaLiga this campaign, while Madrid have won just one of their last five league games against today’s opponents.
Zidane has made two changes to the Real Madrid side with Hazard and Rodrigo replacing Valverde and Isco who both drop to the bench. Meanwhile, there have been a total of six changes made to the Villarreal side that suffered a 2-1 defeat against Real Sociedad on Monday. This sees Gaspar, Chakla, Quintilla, Morlanes, Chukwueze and Gerard Moreno all enter the starting line-up.
SUBS: Santi Cazorla, Sergio Lozano, Manu Trigueros, Vicente Iborra, Alex Baena, Bruno Soriano, Andrei Ratiu, Javier Ontiveros, Andres Fernandez, Alberto Moreno, Raul Albiol.
VILLARREAL (5-4-1): Sergio Asenjo; Ruben Pena, Mario Gaspar, Sofian Chakla, Pau Torres, Xavi Quintilla; Samuel Chukwueze, Manuel Morlanes, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Moi Gomez; Gerard Moreno.
SUBS: Luka Jovic, Brahim Diaz, Eder Militao, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, Gareth Bale, Isco, Marco Asensio, Federico Valverde, Alphonse Areola, Mariano, Vinicius Junior.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.
It will certainly not be an easy task for Madrid against a Villarreal side who have won six of their nine matches since the season’s resumption. Javi Calleja’s men can no longer finish in the top four, but they are still aiming to hold on to fifth spot as they look to secure Europa League football for next term.
Madrid are currently four points ahead of Barcelona at the LaLiga summit which means they can claim the title with three points today. It is also possible for Zinedine Zidane's men to seal the league title even if they lose, with anything other than a win for Barcelona against Osasuna also handing the trophy to Madrid. The Santiago Bernabeu outfit made it nine straight league victories following their 2-1 success over Granada on Monday and they now stand on the brink of their first league title since 2017 as they enter the final two matches.
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