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Ronaldo, Bale set to return

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Casillas keeps Real from suffering Villarreal surprise at the Bernabeu

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth breaks down Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Villarreal.

Real Madrid's lead at the top of La Liga has been cut to two points after Carlo Ancelotti's men were forced to accept their first league draw of the season, 1-1, against a much-changed but equally-impressive Villarreal side at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night.

Gerardo Moreno's second-half leveller secured the Yellow Submarine a point and ensured Madrid were no longer than only side in La Liga without a draw to their name. Cristiano Ronaldo had fired the hosts ahead in the 52nd minute from...

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Carlo Ancelotti stands behind decision to sub off Isco in Real Madrid draw

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth breaks down Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Villarreal.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was in no mood to apologise for removing midfielder Isco from his side's 1-1 draw with Villarreal on Sunday.

The Italian manager subbed off the popular Spanish international for more defensive-minded midfielder Asier Illarramendi with 10 minutes remaining and Real in search of a winning goal.

Speaking to the media after the game, the coach stood firm behind his decision.

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"A coach makes the changes he believes are best for his team. If the fans don't understand [the...

Real Madrid held to 1-1 draw with Villarreal in wild back-and-forth match

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ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth breaks down Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Villarreal.

Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by Villarreal to remain only two points ahead of rivals Barcelona in the Primera Division.

Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half penalty looked to have set Madrid on their way to victory.

But Villarreal, who impressed for long stretches of the game and whose goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo was outstanding, got their reward with Gerard Moreno's equaliser.

Surprisingly it was Villarreal who started on the front foot and they almost took the lead in the 12th minute.

Moi Gomez's...