Fornals strike sinks Real Madrid
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.