Both Real Madrid and Villarreal scored a point at the Estadio de la Cerámica after drawing 1-1 on Saturday.
Real Madrid, plagued with injuries, had a tough game ahead when traveling to Villarreal.
Without Karim Benzema or Luka Jovic, Mariano Díaz led the attack and immediately made his presence known by scoring just two minutes into the game.
Early on, Unai Emery’s team peppered Zinedine Zidane’s defense with chances, but most were wasted. It wasn’t until minute 76 that they could find the back of the net.
Thibaut Courtois fouled Samuel Chukwueze in the area, prompting Gerard Moreno to move up to the point and Real Madrid conceding their fourth penalty in two games.
Diaz’s goal and Moreno’s penalty were the only two shots on goal throughout the game.
With the level of scoring, the hosts had an energy boost and almost found a winner late in the match in the 82nd minute if Raphael Varane didn’t make an interception.
Real Madrid loan player Takefusa Kubo also had the opportunity to seal a victory for Emery’s team.
With the result, Villarreal and Real Madrid maintain their second and fourth places in the table.