They could fall a gaping 19 points behind runaway leader Barcelona if Ernesto Valverde's side beat Real Sociedad Sunday. Real's slim chance of getting back into the title race after their 3-0 defeat by Barca before Christmas had faded further with last week's 2-2 draw away to Celta de Vigo and, coupled with the persistent rain, there was little enthusiasm for the game at the Bernabeu, which was three-quarters full. The home side began brightly as Gareth Bale had a goal correctly ruled offside and Ronaldo hit the woodwork twice. Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo tipped away a stinging distance strike from outside the area from Marcelo with little more than half an hour on the clock. Real also had a penalty appeal waved away when visiting defender Alvaro Gonzalez appeared to block a shot from Bale with his arm, while Asenjo made his best save of an outstanding overall display by thwarting Ronaldo from close range on the stroke of halftime. Villarreal slowly grew into the game as the second half progressed and capitalised on Real's desperation to try and win the game by outnumbering Zidane's side on the break after clearing Toni Kroos' corner.
MCFNews| Coach, José González returns to a home he knows well to take charge of the team! ?? Welcome back, you have all our support, Míster! #GoodLuck ➡️ https://t.co/PCTwBlvIt5 pic.twitter.com/ClRpRXo2eP— Málaga CF English (@MalagaCF_en) January 13, 2018
RESULTS Eibar 0 Atletico 1 (Gameiro 27) Real Madrid 0 Villarreal 1 (Fornals 87) Girona 6 (Stuani 24-P, Olunga 57, 70, 79, Borja 63, Portu 74) Las Palmas 0 Deportivo 1 (Andone 88) Valencia 2 (Guedes 37, Rodrigo 64) SUNDAY'S MATCHES Levante v Celta, Alaves v Sevilla, Espanyol v Bilbao and Sociedad v Barcelona
This is how #LaLigaSantander looks heading into Sunday...Like what you see? ?? pic.twitter.com/PLwz13k5eE — LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 13, 2018