Real Madrid 1-1 Villarreal
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Real Madrid have failed to set a new La Liga record for successive victories although they did secure a 1-1 draw with Villarreal.
Real began the match on the front foot, dominating possession and territory, but they were limited to only half chances, the best of which fell to Karim Benzema, but his header was emphatically saved by Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.
The visitors struggled to create anything going forward until the 30 minute mark when Samu Castillejo and Denis Cheryshev combined nicely on the edge of the Real penalty area, before the latter saw his shot well saved by Kiko Casilla in the Madrid goal.
It looked like the half was destined to end all square, but then right on the stroke of halftime Sergio Ramos handled in the Madrid penalty area and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Up stepped Bruno Soriano and he coolly dinked the ball past the diving Casilla to give Villarreal a shock first-half lead.
Into the second period and Los Blancos, in particular Ramos were intent on turning things around.
The skipper first had a goal bound effort blocked by Villarreal defender Victor Ruiz, before just two minutes later he headed home a James Rodriguez corner to level up the match.
Real continued to dominate as the half developed, with Cristiano Ronaldo coming within inches of converting a Dani Carvajal cross, before Gareth Bale saw a left-foot curling effort fly just wide.
Los Blancos appeared to be getting more and more frustrated as they pursued a winning goal, with substitute Lucas Vazquez missing their best chance late on, as he was denied by some heroic blocking in the visitors defence.
The draw ends Real’s 100 percent start to the new league season, although both sides remain unbeaten in La Liga this term.