MADRID (AP) – Real Madrid’s attack lacked the explosiveness of other occasions and the Whites went 0-0 on Saturday as hosts of Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga.
Despite the lackluster result, the Merengues remained undefeated in the championship to reach 17 points, three above Sevilla, who won on the day, and the champion Atlético de Madrid, who lost.
“It’s a bit bitter, in the end at home you want to win. Obviously, if a direct rival loses today you want to score three points, ”said Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. “We have not been able to put our intensity like the other day against Mallorca (in a 6-1 win) and that is why the point is not enough for us.”
The “Yellow Submarine” also remains undefeated by billing its fifth equality of the course to have eight units in 10th position.
With 21 goals, this Madrid looked like the highest scorer since the 1987-1988 season with the legendary “Quinta del Buitre” directed by the Dutch Leo Beenhakker. But he ran into Villarreal’s defensive wall and the figure that stood out was Courtois, with a couple of saves that saved his goal before the break.
The Belgian goalkeeper first avoided a goal from Dutchman Arnaut Danjuma, deflecting a cross shot and down in the 12th minute. When he was running the first half hour he reappeared to reject another shot from Paco Alcacer.
This match of the seventh date was the first of the season in which Real Madrid went blank, despite having the best scorers of the season, the French Karim Benzema (8) and the Brazilian Vinícius Júnior (5).
The best meringues options reached the final stretch with a header from Isco Alarcón and a Chilean shot from the young Frenchman Eduardo Camavinga, which were contained by Argentine goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli.
With this insipid draw – just the third 0-0 that the team has under the command of Italian Carlo Ancelotti in its two stages – Madrid stacked 24 games without defeat in La Liga duels (17 wins and seven draws) after their last 2-1 loss at home to Levante on January 30.
Atleti champion suffers first defeat
The champion Atlético de Madrid lost the mystique of the previous days to give up its first defeat after losing 1-0 to Alavés in the Mendizorroza field.
The defender Víctor Laguardia sent a header into the nets in a corner kick center after four minutes to convert one of the few goal options.
The colchoneros suffered a puncture in their attempt to assume the top provisionally. Instead, they were left with 14 units and even gave up the sub-leadership to be 3rd after the day’s games.
“Something bad has happened, we conceded the goal very quickly, a goal from a failure of ours, that lately this is happening to us too much. We have to go into the game with more concentration, with more personality and do it better, ”said Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Atlético has a week of two relevant matches coming to visit Milan in their second Champions League match. Next weekend he will receive the pressed Barcelona in the League.
The Basque team left the basement thanks to the collection of their first points of the course, to have three units in 19th position.
For the third day in the last four games, Atleti rowed against the current as they found themselves at a disadvantage; in the duels against Espanyol and Getafe they came back with so many in the final minutes. Now he did not emulate those feats.
Seville is now 2nd
Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri scored in the 13th minute and Rafa Mir extended at 87 for Sevilla, who beat Espanyol 2-0 to occupy second place.
Sevilla – who finished with 10 elements due to the expulsion of Danish Thomas Delaney (65) – has 14 points and a better goal difference compared to Atlético to be 2nd. The parakeet stalled in 15th position with six units.
Valencia saves equality
Brazilian Marcos André scored in the fifth minute of the re-entry, thus saving Valencia from a tight draw at home, 1-1 against Athletic Club, which had taken the lead through Iñigo Martínez (69).
Valencia overcame the expulsion of Uruguayan Maxi Gómez (82), to avoid the fall and stay in 5th position with 11 points. The Basque team is 7th with 10.