Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo, Mario, Musacchio, Dorado, Jaume Costa; Javier Aquino, Bruno, Trigueros (Tomás Pina 71'); Cani; Giovani (Hernán Pérez 75'), Jonathan Pereira (Uche 64'). 4-4-2. Madrid: Diego López; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Nacho; Illarramendi (Khedira 62'), Modric, Bale (Di María 62'), Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema (Morata 73'). 4-3-3.
1-0. 20. Cani. Forced shot past Diego López from inside area after Pereira tackled.
1-1. 38. Bale. Slid ball in from close to goal after Carvajal crossed in from right.
1-2. 63. Ronaldo. Deflected ball in to net after first shot came back off a defender.
2-2. 70. Giovani. Drove ball back past Diego López after keeper saved Cani shot.
Yellow cards: Aquino 33', Nacho 36', Sergio Ramos 56', Morata 77', Pina 78'.
Real Madrid drop two points behind joint leaders Barcelona and Atlético after they were held to a 2-2 draw by a Villarreal side who also began the weekend on maximum points. The locals started strongly, Diego López having to save from Pereira and Aquino before Cani latched on to a loose ball in the area to open the scoring. López made two more top class saves from Aquino again, but Asenjo had to keep out Ramos and Ronaldo headed a good chance wide before Carvajal crossed in for record signing Gareth Bale to open his account from close to goal. Early in the second half Jaume Costa missed the easiest of chances, but Ronaldo gave the visitors the lead after Asenjo could only push out Benzema's shot, his follow up coming back off a defender and hitting him on the leg before bouncing back in to the net. With twenty minutes to go however Giovani made it all square once again after López made another good save from Cani, and both keepers had work to do before the referee finally called it a day.