Real Madrid vs Villarreal: Mariano Diaz’s brace returns Los Blancos to winning ways in La Liga

Real Madrid vs Villarreal: Mariano Diaz’s brace returns Los Blancos to winning ways in La Liga

- Real Madrid vs Villarreal saw Los Blancos return to winning ways in the La Liga after beating Villarreal 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at home

- Mariano Diaz neted the match opener for Real Madrid but Gerard Moreno level scores moments later for Villareal

- Jesus Vallejo restored Los Bancos lead in the 40th minute, while Diaz extended the lead in the second-half before Jaume Costa's late goal for Villareal

Real Madrid defeated Villarreal 3-2 in a La Liga clash on Sunday, May 5, at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

The result saw Real Madrid return to winning ways in La Liga after the five-goal thriller at their home ground as Zinedine Zidane made four changes to Real Madrid Starting XI from the squad that suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Rayo Vallecano.

The quartet of Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Lucas Vazquez and Mariano Diaz replaced the likes Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos were missing from the line-up.

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Los Bancos were in the front-foot early in the early exchanged as Mariano netted the opener after two minutes after disclosing Cardozola of the ball just before Villarreal box to score from close range.

Gerard Moreno levelled scores in the 11th minute with a decent strike from the edge of the box following a quick counter-attack.

After the equalizer, Real Madrid upped their game as they went in search of another goal, but chances were hard to come by as the match progressed.

Five minutes before the break, Jesus Vallejo scored the second goal for Real Madrid from close-range after finishing off a rebound from Marcelo’s initial effort.

In the early stages of the second, half, Diaz netted his second to complete his brace and Real Madrid’s third goal with the easiest of a touch to complete his brace, courtesy of a decent assist from Daniel Carvajal.

Zidane made changes to his squad with Isco and Marco Asensio replacing Valverde and Vazquez a both continue their quest to rediscover their form.

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With 12 minutes to the end of the match, Villarreal missed a chance to reduce the deficit through Mario Gaspar as his free-header missed target from close range

On the dot of 90 minutes, Jaume Costa pulled one goal back for The Yellow Submarine, but it was not enough as Los Blancos held out to claim all points after the added time.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Keylor Navas is reportedly set to be sold by Real Madrid this summer with Man United and Arsenal kept of red alert.

The Costa Rica international forced his way back into the Zinedine Zidane's starting XI after finding himself out of favour since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois last summer.

But the former Getafe shot-stopper is set to end his five-year spell at the Bernabeu with Zidane ready to put his trust in Courtois' hands next season.

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