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Sports World News of Saturday, 13 January 2018

Source: Eurosports

Real Madrid lose at home as pressure on Zinedine Zidane mounts

Yet more misery was piled on Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid as Villarreal grabbed a late winner to consign the Spanish champions to a damaging 1-0 home defeat.

Pablo Fornals struck the all-important blow just three minutes from time after a rapid counter attack by the visitors, adding to what has been an extremely difficult domestic season for Real Madrid. Zidane was already under pressure before this game and that pressure will now only build further.

The home side had their chances, with Cristiano Ronaldo crashing a freekick against the woodwork and spurning a number of opportunities. Gareth Bale also had a goal disallowed for offside and could have been awarded a penalty for a handball from a header.

But Real Madrid simply didn’t do enough with the possession they had and were ultimately made to pay for it. Villarreal took their chance when it came, with Fornals chipping a cheeky finish over Keylor Navas after the Costa Rican had saved Enes Unal’s initial effort.

Real have not won a Liga match in over a month and look more likely to drop out of the Champions League places than get back into the title race.