For­nals strike sinks Real Madrid

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Madrid: Pablo For­nals scored a su­perb late goal for Vil­lar­real as they won 1-0 at the Bern­abeu for the first time to load more pres­sure on Real Madrid boss Zine­dine Zi­dane. Real edged the first half and Gareth Bale had a header ruled out for off­side, be­fore Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s free-kick was tipped on to the bar.

How­ever, the vis­i­tors im­proved in the sec­ond pe­riod and de­servedly went ahead after break­ing at pace from a Real cor­ner. De­nis Ch­ery­shev found Enes Unal, whose shot was saved by Key­lor Navas - but For­nals then chipped the stranded keeper from 20 yards.

Fourth-placed Real Madrid, who won last sea­son’s La Liga ti­tle and the Cham­pi­ons League, re­main 16 points be­hind lead­ers Barcelona - and that gap could in­crease when Barca visit Real So­ciedad this morn­ing. Zi­dane’s side’s Cham­pi­ons League spot for next sea­son is look­ing per­ilous they now sit only one point above Vil­lar­real, who move up to fifth.

Pablo For­nals

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