Draw leaves Real Madrid 1 win short of Liga win record

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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