The game: 2-1
Forced to win so as not to give Barça the opportunity to take the lead in the Championship, Real Madrid missed their chance. Dominated, the men of Carlo Ancelotti yielded this Saturday afternoon against a Yellow Submarine which started with its feet on the floor. If the first shot fired by Alejandro Baena flew away (1st), Francis Coquelin almost scored an extraordinary goal on a luminous inspiration: six meters away, the Frenchman deflected a cross from Alberto Moreno with a sole kick, in pivot, and found the opposite post of Courtois (5th).
To preserve the parity score at the break, the Belgian goalkeeper had to work to prevent Yeremi Pino from winning his face-to-face (23rd), just like his counterpart Pepe Reina, decisive in front of a Vinicius launched by Benzema (40th ).
Villarreal attacked the second half like the first, with the success to boot. On a recovery error from Ferland Mendy, Gerard Moreno dismissed the game on Pino on his left, who deceived Courtois with a shot from the right halfway up, 18 meters (1-0, 47th). The result was drawn on two penalties: first, Juan Foyth offered the equalizing ball to Benzema by committing a hand fault prior to taking the ball from Vinicus (1-1, 60th). The Madrid captain turned the sentence around, just like Gerard Moreno for Villarreal, three minutes later, executing a penalty conceded by David Alaba, at fault with his hand by slipping on a transmission from Foyth (2-1, 63rd). Despite their efforts to equalize at the end of the match, Real Madrid conceded their second defeat of the season in the Championship. On the other hand, Quique Setien signs his 6th victory in a row with Villarreal, in all competitions.
The fact: two hands and two penalties in three minutes
With Villarreal leading 1-0, Karim Benzema missed the wide-open goal from close range, on a serve from Vinicius. Except that, before the Brazilian seized the ball, Juan Foyth had deflected the trajectory of the latter with his arm. VAR then intervened and Cesar Soto Grado awarded Madrid a penalty, converted by Benzema. In the process, on a pass from Juan Foyth, David Alaba committed a hand in turn, falling. The central referee whistled a new penalty, and like Benzema, Gerard Moreno took the opposing goalkeeper on the wrong foot.
By converting his penalty, Karim Benzema scored in a 19th consecutive calendar year. A series started with Olympique Lyonnais, in the Champions League against Rosenborg on December 6, 2005.