Real Madrid’s title aspirations were dealt a further setback by amu Chukwueze’s brace as it was defeated 3-2 at home by Villarreal in LaLiga on Saturday despite twice taking the lead.
Wednesday in the Copa del Rey semi-finals, Carlo Ancelotti’s squad dominated its rival Barcelona 4-0 at the Camp Nou.
However, they were unable to capitalize on this momentum as they fell to a defeat that left them in second place with 59 points and allowed Barcelona to take a 15-point lead if they beat Girona on Monday.
Real hosts Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday.
Ancelotti told Movistar Plus, “It was a difficult game, we had chances and could have made it 3-1 and slowed down the tempo of the game, but it didn’t happen.”
“We could have defended better. It wasn’t easy for us to be completely motivated, but that’s normal.”
We are certain that Wednesday will be a different story. Today’s temperature has fallen slightly, but on Wednesday it will be at its peak.
Real seized the lead after 15 minutes when Villarreal’s Pau Torres scored an own goal off a cross from Marco Asensio.
Chukwueze scored the equalizer for Villarreal in the 39th minute by cutting inside from the center of the box and beating Nacho before striking low past Thibaut Courtois.
Two minutes into the second half, Vinicius Jr scored his ninth league goal of the season with a straightforward finish in front of the Villarreal goal to restore Real’s lead.
Real hosts Chelsea on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
VAR overturned the initial offside call, enabling Jose Luis Morales to score for Quique Setien’s team in the 71st minute after Madrid’s defense failed to clear the ball, allowing Jose Luis Morales to score from close range.
Ten minutes before the final whistle, Chukwueze scored a remarkable goal from the left side of the box into the upper-left corner to win the match for Villarreal and quiet the Santiago Bernabeu crowd.
Chukwueze stated, “It’s a preposterous objective.” “To score this goal and triumph here is a fantasy. I’m thrilled about this game. The future will be significantly improved. I must take advantage of this opportunity and continue to improve.”
Villarreal, which moved up to fifth place in the race for a Champions League berth, will host Valladolid on Saturday.