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Villarreal v Real Madrid Live Commentary, 19/01/2023

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2 - 3
VIL
RMA
É. Capoue (4)
S. Chukwueze (42)
Vinícius Júnior (57)
Éder Militão (69)
Dani Ceballos (86)
Estadio de la Cerámica

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye.
They did it the hard way but it was a much-needed win for Real Madrid. They will be looking to take this momentum back into the league whereas Villarreal can take pride in their first-half display, but will want to forget that second period. Ancelotti's side face Athletic Bilbao in their next match while Villarreal host Girona.
Villarreal quite simply dominated the first 45 minutes of this game. Capoue gave them a great start as he fired past Courtois in the fourth minute to give the hosts the lead, with Gerard Moreno providing a good assist. Real Madrid did have a few chances to score in the midst of Villareal's dominance but Mendy, Valverde, and Rodgryo all failed to hit the back of the net. Setien's side continued to push and they got their reward right before half-time as Chukwueze doubled their lead. Gerard Moreno once again provided the assist as his interplay and patience created the goal. Real Madrid started the second half quickly but it was the substitution of Foyth that changed the game. Villarreal lost their touch and Los Blancos started their comeback. Vinicius Junior scored in the 57th minute before Militao equalised in the 69th. The visitors kept pushing and Ceballos scored the winner in the 86th minute with a good finish into the bottom left corner as Real Madrid won 3-2.
90' + 5' FULL TIME: VILLARREAL 2-3 REAL MADRID
Dani Parejo
Yellow Card
Villarreal
90' + 5' Parejo now picks up a yellow after a very poor challenge on Vinicius.
A. Rüdiger
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
90' + 3' Rudiger is shown the eighth yellow card of the match after a tactical foul on Chukwueze.
90' + 2' Villarreal are pushing hard for an equaliser but they are starting to rush their shots and miss the target.
90' There will be a minimum of five additional minutes.
Vinícius Júnior
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
90' Vinicius enters the referee's book for a late tackle.
Pau Torres
Yellow Card
Villarreal
88' Torres receives a yellow card for a reckless and lazy challenge.
Marco Asensio
Assist
Real Madrid
86' Asensio does well to keep the ball in play after Vinicius mishits the pass. He spots Ceballos' late run to the edge of the box and plays a good pass for his team-mate to hit first-time.
Dani Ceballos
Goal
Real Madrid
86' GOALLL!! 3-2 REAL MADRID! CEBALLOS!! Real Madrid complete the comeback as Ceballos finishes into the bottom corner. Asensio keeps the ball alive after an overhit pass from Vinicius. He finds Ceballos on the edge of the box and the midfielder finishes first-time past Jorgensen.
Álex Baena
Yellow Card
Villarreal
85' Baena is shown a yellow card by the referee for a poor challenge.
84' Villarreal players and fans are all appealing for a penalty after Morales is floored by Militao, but the referee is not interested at all.
82' Ceballos tries his luck from a long way out and the ball flies way over the goal. Chance wasted.
Pepe Reina
Yellow Card
Villarreal
80' Reina is shown a yellow card on the bench after complaining at the referee.
78' Villarreal are being very patient on the ball now as they know the risk if they give it away in sloppy fashion. Real Madrid are growing more and more in confidence.
76' HUGE MISS! Camavinga has a golden opportunity to score after Vinicius plays him in on goal. He loses his balance when shooting and completely misses the target! Benzema cannot believe his eyes as he has his hands on his head.
74' Benzema is getting more involved in the build-up play for Real Madrid and it is helping them greatly. Villarreal are focusing more on using their pace on the counter-attack now.
F. Valverde
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
72' Valverde sees yellow after an unnecessary foul in the middle of the pitch.
71' Real Madrid seem far more assured of themselves now when moving the ball and defending. Villarreal seem to have lost the spark they had in the first half.
Éder Militão
Goal
Real Madrid
69' GOALLL!! 2-2 REAL MADRID!! MILITAO!! Real Madrid equalise as Militao pokes the ball into an empty net! Benzema’s initial header is saved well by Jorgensen but the rebound goes straight to Militao. He takes a touch before sticking his right foot at the ball.
69' Asensio shoots from the free-kick but Jorgensen makes a fairly comfortable diving save.
José Luis Morales
Yeremy Pino
Villarreal
68' Morales replaces Pino in attack for Villarreal.
67' Real Madrid win a free-kick in a dangerous position after Ceballos draws a foul from Capoue.
65' BIG TACKLE! Rudiger makes an incredibly clutch tackle on the edge of his box to stop Pino from running through on goal!
63' Vinicius tries to take on three players but loses the ball. It falls kindly to Benzema, but the striker's first-time effort flies wide of the target.
61' Villarreal are doing well not to panic following Real Madrid's goal. They are continuing with the same game plan despite the extra pressure the visitors are putting on them.
59' Ceballos has contributed to three goals in his last three games in the Copa Del Rey (0 goals, 3 assists).
Dani Ceballos
Assist
Real Madrid
57' Ceballos plays the perfect pass for Vinicius to control under pressure before shooting. The midfielder makes an instant impact in this match.
Vinícius Júnior
Goal
Real Madrid
57' GOALLL REAL MADRID!! 2-1VINICIUS!! Vinicius pulls a goal back for Real Madrid with a composed finish. He uses his body well to fend off the defender before placing the ball past Jorgensen. Game on!
Marco Asensio
Rodrygo
Real Madrid
56' Asensio comes on for Rodrygo as Real Madrid look to find a way back into this game.
Dani Ceballos
T. Kroos
Real Madrid
56' Ceballos comes on for Kroos in midfield for Real Madrid.
54' The substitutions are slowing Villarreal down slightly when playing out from the back as Mandi adjusts to the pace of the game.
A. Mandi
J. Foyth
Villarreal
52' Mandi replaces Foyth as a precaution for Villarreal.
50' Villarreal are settling back into the game finding the rhythm the played the first half with.
48' Real Madrid are pressing very high to start the half as they look to get a quick goal and try gain some momentum to mount a comeback.
46' Gerard Moreno gets the second half underway for Villarreal!
Jorge Cuenca
Raúl Albiol
Villarreal
46' Cuenca replaces Albiol at the break for Villarreal.
Villarreal are on great form and they are playing like it. Their confidence and bravery on the ball is proving to be too much for Real Madrid at the moment. The main difference between the two sides is the frontline. Gerard Moreno, Chukwueze, and Pino and making good runs and holding the ball up well whereas Benzema and Vinicius Junior and failing to retain the ball and make an impact.
Villarreal quite simply dominated the first 45 minutes of this game. Capoue gave them a great start as he fired past Courtois in the fourth minute to give the hosts the lead, with Gerard Moreno providing a good assist. Real Madrid did have a few chances to score in the midst of Villareal's dominance but Mendy, Valverde, and Rodgryo all failed to hit the back of the net. Setien's side continued to push and they got their reward right before half-time as Chukwueze doubled their lead. Gerard Moreno once again provided the assist as his interplay and patience created the goal.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: VILLARREAL 2-0 REAL MADRID
45' + 2' SAVE! Courtois makes a good diving save to stop Pino from scoring from range. Real Madrid look absolutely stunned.
45' There will be a minimum of three additional minutes.
44' Gerard Moreno has been involved in 10 goals (five goals, five assists) in his last nine games against Real Madrid in all competitions.
Gerard Moreno
Assist
Villarreal
42' Gerard Moreno picks up his second assist of the game with a brilliant pass and move play. He picks up the ball and holds onto it for a second to draw Militao out of position. This allows Chukwueze to run into the space and score for Villarreal.
S. Chukwueze
Goal
Villarreal
42' GOALLL!! 2-0 VILLARREAL!! CHUKWUEZE!! Villarreal catch Real Madrid out before the break to double their lead! Gerard Moreno is at the heart of things again as he links up well with his team-mates before slipping Chukwueze in on goal to score.
40' Villarreal are continuing to move the ball around confidently, but they are slowing the tempo down as they look to see their lead through to the break.
38' Benzema is struggling to make an impact on this game. His link-up play is poor and he is not proving to be a threat in the box at the moment.
E. Camavinga
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
36' Camavinga receives a yellow card as he brings Capoue down to stop a counter-attack.
36' BIG CHANCE! Rodgryo misses a great opportunity to score for Real Madrid after Mendy puts the ball on a plate for him just 12 yards away from goal. He hits his effort straight at Torres on the line!
34' CHANCE! Mendy shoots with his right foot to try and curl the ball into the bottom corner, but he shoots straight at Jorgensen!
32' HUGE BLOCK! Nacho makes a great block to stop Baena from doubling Villarreal's lead. The midfielder was set to score but Nacho reacts quickly to slide in and stop the attempt.
30' Alberto Moreno plays a lofted pass to Capoue, who is close to 25 yards away from the goal. The midfielder shoots on the volley but does not catch the ball properly and Real Madrid win a goal kick.
28' Benzema is looking to lead the Real Madrid press and try help them win the ball higher up the pitch, but the hosts seem confident when passing and progressing forward.
26' Real Madrid are starting to move the ball a bit quicker but cannot find the final pass that they are looking for to get an equaliser. Villarreal are refusing to sit deep and let Los Blancos move the ball around.
24' Rodrygo is doing well to drive Real Madrid forward and push the Villarreal defenders back, but Vinicius is finding it difficult to have the same impact.
22' Villarreal are doing well to match the intensity and tempo that Real Madrid are trying to enforce, making Ancelotti's side struggle to retain possession.
20' Militao screams at his team-mates after their poor defending means he has to make a last-ditch tackle to stop Chukwueze from scoring.
18' CHANCE! Villarreal break forward through Pino, who plays the ball out to Capoue on the left wing. Capoue then returns the ball to Pino in the box with a low-driven pass but the forward cannot hit the target with his effort.
16' Parejo swings in a deep cross from a free-kick but fails to find any of his team-mates with the pass.
14' Vinicius is doing well to draw fouls from Foyth as the defender is getting very close to the winger at every opportunity.
12' Real Madrid are on the front foot now but Villarreal seem comfortable in defending their lead and trying to hit their opponents on the counter.
10' CHANCE! Valverde has a great chance to equalise for Real Madrid after Mendy bursts into the box to lay the ball off to his team-mate. Valverde leans back too much and shoots over the bar.
9' Vinicius drives into the box after Rodrygo plays him in, but the winger tries to take on one too many players before shooting and fails to test Jorgensen.
É. Capoue
Yellow Card
Villarreal
8' Capoue receives the first booking of the game after the referee recalls an earlier foul in the game.
6' Capoue scored after just 3:15, the fastest goal for Villarreal in the Copa Del Rey this season.
Gerard Moreno
Assist
Villarreal
4' Gerard Moreno does well to use his body to protect the ball before flicking it on from the throw-in. Capoue made no mistake with his finish to give Villarreal the lead.
É. Capoue
Goal
Villarreal
4' GOALLL!! 1-0 VILLARREAL!! CAPOUE!! Villarreal take an early lead as Capoue smashes the ball past Courtois! Gerard Moreno flicks the ball onto Capoue from a throw-in. The Frenchman then shoots first time and his effort is too powerful for the goalkeeper to save.
2' Rodrygo wins the ball high up the pitch for Real Madrid and finds Valverde, who passes to Benzema inside the box. The striker tries to lay the ball off for Kroos to shoot but misplaces his pass.
1' Benzema gets the game underway for Real Madrid!
The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch!
Three of the last five meetings between the two sides have ended in a draw. It has been a relatively low-scoring affair in recent matchups, averaging just 1.6 goals per game over the last five matches.
Setien makes six changes to his starting lineup from Villarreal’s most recent fixture as Reina, Albiol, Alberto Moreno, Capoue, Baena, and Pino all start. Ancelotti makes two changes to the side that lost to Barcelona as Rodrygo and Nacho replace Luka Modric and Daniel Carvajal in the starting 11.
SUBS: Pepe Reina, Jorge Cuenca, Johan Mojica, Manu Trigueros, Manu Morlanes, Jose Morales, Aissa Mandi, Diego Collado, Carlo Garcia, Fernando Nino.
Villarreal (4-3-3): Filip Jorgensen; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alberto Moreno; Dani Parejo, Etienne Capoue, Alex Baena; Samuel Chukwueze, Gerard Moreno, Yeremy Pino.
SUBS: Andriy Lunin, Luis Lopez, Jesus Vallejo, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola, Dani Ceballos, Mariano Diaz, Mario Martin, Vinicius Tobias.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Nacho Fernandez, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Villarreal are beginning to find their feet under manager Quique Setien as they are unbeaten in their last seven competitive matches. They have also recorded the biggest win in the cup this season, beating Santa Amalia 9-0 in the second round. The Yellow Submarines will provide a stern test for their opponents today as only Barcelona have conceded fewer goals in the league than them this season.
Real Madrid have won this competition 19 times before, with only Barcelona (31) and Athletic Bilbao (23) winning it on more occasions. The last time Los Blancos won the cup was back in 2014 when the beat Barcelona 2-1 in the final, but Carlo Ancelotti will not be getting ahead of himself today. His side have performed poorly in recent games, including a 2-1 loss to Villarreal in the league two weeks ago. They were also embarrassed by their El Clasico rivals in the Supercopa final last weekend, losing 3-1.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Copa del Rey last 16 clash between Real Madrid and Villarreal.