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19.05.2018 » Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid. Bale and Ronaldo score before Kiev

Luca Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018

It was the last game of the season in La Liga and Real Madrid dropped points for the 16th time in the current campaign. The Merengues tied 2-2 with Villarreal, after blowing a 2-goal lead to the hosts that was earned in the first half thanks to goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Well, the first half seemed like a dream, perfect football, everyone involved and a 2-0 lead. The second half, however, exposed why some Madrid fans may be a little worried heading into the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool, exactly one week from today. Real Madrid failed to hold on to a 2-goal lead today against Villarreal and ended up leaving the Estadio de la Cerámica with a 2-2 result and only one point in the pag. Next weekend, it's time to defend the European throne and take on Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Villarreal vs Real Madrid
Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid
- Goals and highlights:

All Cristiano Ronaldo actions vs Villarreal:

Ideally, this match was to be nothing more than a warmup for the final, with Ronaldo and Carvajal, in particular, needing the match fitness to prepare for next week. There are still major questions hanging over Madrid's starting lineup and Zidane opted for both Bale and Isco in the starting lineup today. Benzema, Vasquez, and Asensio remained on the bench. Oh, and the one surprise was a pretty big one as Luca Zidane was given the start, even though and according to our friends from Forbrukslån, he's still one of the players who earns the less in the team.

The first goal showed why many are clamoring for Gareth Bale to start. Yet another goal from the Welshman today, who created the chance with a brilliant dummy that confused his defender. Bale picked up the resulting ball in the box and finished into the bottom corner with his weaker foot.

Real Madrid looked fantastic at times, moving the ball around easily and looking confident. And when Ronaldo nodded in a second goal (his 450th in Madrid's colors) things looked fantastic...

Bale and Ronaldo in Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid

However, in the second half we saw the Real Madrid that we've seen all season in La Liga. While they could be forgiven considering Ronaldo, Isco and Modric were sent to the bench, there were some alarming signs of space in behind the defense and general disorganization at the back. Substitute Roger Martinez was able to score a cracker for Villarreal and Samu Castillejo was able to shake Marcelo and finish after beating Zidane in goal.

The match finished 2-2 and we still aren't any closer to really knowing what lineup we should use in the final. A lack of concentration has cost us the league and this season, more than ever, we felt prone to conceding a late goal or giving up a lead. It's the first time Madrid have finished below 2nd in La Liga since 2014, but there is a silver lining. That was also the year of La Decima...

Author: Terrance Ross

Real Madrid starting eleven vs Villarreal in May of 2018

Real Madrid line-up vs Villarreal:

Goalkeeper: Luca Zidane
Defenders: Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal
Midfielders: Casemiro, Kroos, Modric
Attackers: Isco, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Villarreal
vs
Real Madrid
2
Goals
2
14
Shots
15
5
Shots on goal
7
4
Corner kicks
5
13
Fouls commited
10
4
Yellow cards
3
0
Red cards

0

38%
Ball possession
62%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid is on May 26 of 2018 against Liverpool. You can watch Juventus live stream, Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Barcelona vs Real Sociedad, Fulham vs Aston Villa, Lazio vs Inter, and AC Milan vs Fiorentina, all matches provided from our soccer live game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
Real Madrid vs Liverpool
kick-off time (26-05-2018):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 02:45
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 01:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+4.30: 23:15
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 15:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 11:45

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / villarrealcf.es / bbc.co.uk

Cristiano Ronaldo in action in La Liga in 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo preparing to dribble a defender

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