MADRID: Real Madrid’s final Champions League rehearsal was running perfectly on Saturday (May 19) until Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted and Villarreal scored twice to snatch a 2-2 draw. Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) scores a header during the Spanish league football match between Villarreal CF and Real Madrid CF at La Ceramica stadium in Villarreal on May 19, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Jose Jordan) Gareth Bale and Ronaldo put Real in cruise control at the Estadio de la Ceramica but the Portugese, along with Luka Modric, was taken off shortly after the hour and Villarreal came surging back. It was two substitutes that did it, Roger Martinez unleashing a stunning strike into the top corner before Samu Castillejo struck the equaliser five minutes from time. Castillejo took advantage of some hesitation from Luca Zidane, Zinedine Zidane’s 20-year-old son, who was making his debut for Real in goal. The draw means any hopes Real had of snatching La Liga’s runner-up spot off city rivals Atletico are ended but their attention will quickly turn to Liverpool and next weekend’s showdown in Kiev. Villarreal jump above Real Betis into fifth. If Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had been spying for signs of weakness he… Read full this story
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