Draw leaves Real Madrid 1 win short of Liga win record
Villarreal held on for a 1-1 draw to shatter Real Madrid's hopes of setting a new record for consecutive victories in the Spanish league yesterday.
Zinedine Zidane's Madrid was aiming to break Barcelona's league record of 16 straight wins from 2010-11 under Pep Guardiola. Adding to its strong finish to last season, it had won the first four rounds and tied Barcelona's milestone by beating Espanyol on Sunday.
Sergio Ramos featured in both goals at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
The Madrid defender helped Villarreal go in front in the firsthalf injury time when he blocked Manuel Trigueros' shot with his arm, setting up Bruno Soriano to score the penalty kick.
Ramos made amends three minutes after the restart when he leapt higher than two defenders to head Madrid level.
Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Gareth Bale looked at their sharpest after both Madrid forwards were rested against Espanyol.
Bale was substituted with 20 minutes left, and Ronaldo wasted a chance to secure a late win when he shot into the arms of goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.
Madrid lost left back Marcelo to an apparent injury in the first half when he walked off the pitch.
Iago Aspas' penalty three minutes from time secured Celta Vigo its first win of the season as it edged Sporting Gijon.
Hugo Mallo put Celta ahead in the 66th before Duje Cop equalized with a spot kick of his own.