This is one of the most famous Spanish clubs in the world, if not the most famous.
But for the first time in history, according to sports data companies Opta Sports and Gracenote, Real Madrid had no Spanish players in the starting lineup for a LaLiga match when Carlo Ancelotti picked one Belgian, two Brazilian, one Austrian, two German. , three French, one Croatian and one Uruguayan against Villarreal on Saturday.
However, despite the international talent on display, Los Blancos suffered a 1-2 defeat to Villarreal at the Estadio de la Cerámica, and turned down the chance to rise to the top of LaLiga.
It was only Real Madrid’s second loss of the season and an important win for the Yellow Submarines that put them on points with fourth-placed Atlético Madrid on the table.
The first half ended goalless, although Villarreal almost scored in the fifth minute when Francis Coquelin headed home from the center of the box.
However, it didn’t take long after the first half, the Yellow Submarine took the lead thanks to Yeremy Pino’s goal in the 47th minute.
Karim Benzema equalized shortly after, taking a penalty into the right corner of the goal, after the Video Assist Referee (VAR) confirmed Villarreal handball.
But just three minutes later, Villarreal took the lead with a penalty after another handball in the box.
Gerard Moreno made no mistake and converted from the penalty spot as Villarreal held on to the win.