On Sunday the 26th of February, the spotlight was on Real Madrid to deliver what many thought would be a routine win for the Spanish giants against 6th place Villarreal. The first half at the Estadio de la Ceramica ended all square at 0-0. The start of the second half, however, was much more lively. Villarreal took a 2-0 lead after 56 minutes with goals from Manuel Trigueros and Cedric Bakambu. This put huge amounts of pressure on the La Liga leaders to make a comeback and make a comeback they did. Eight minutes after conceding the second, Madrid fired back through a Gareth Bale goal. 10 minutes later was when Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo broke yet another record, most penalties scored in La Liga history.
The Record Breaking Moment.
Ronaldo knew what he had to do from the spot. He took his run up and pelted the ball to the right of Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo. The away end erupted into cheers as the cheeky grin on Ronaldo’s face lit up. That was Ronaldo’s 56th penalty in La Liga, he snatches the record off of ex-Real and Atletico Madrid forward Hugo Sanchez.
2-2 the scoreboard flashed. All Real Madrid needed now was one more goal to finish off the game. The game was approaching the dying stages when Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane decided to change up the attack force and replaced Karim Benzema with Alvaro Morata. The Frenchman’s tactics worked like a charm as just six minutes later, Morata scored the winning goal.
Real Madrid currently sit second in La Liga on 56 points. Barcelona are one point ahead but have played a game more. Their next game sees them travel to surprise packages Eibar where, after recent slip-ups, nothing other than a win is acceptable.