Result: Villarreal 1-1 Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho
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Nine-man Real Madrid are now only six points clear of rivals Barcelona after being held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal.

Real Madrid's La Liga title challenge suffered another blip tonight as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal at El Madrigal.

Los Blancos led fierce rivals Barcelona by 10 points at one stage but now find their advantage down to just six after recording consecutive draws.

After a goalless first half, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring on 62 minutes after combining with Mesut Ozil.

The Portuguese forward played the ball into Ozil's feet and then received the German's back-heeled return before rounding Villarreal keeper Diego Lopez and slotting into an empty net.

With Jose Mourinho's side seemingly headed towards victory, the Yellow Submarines grabbed an unlikely equaliser eight minutes from time.

Marcos Senna's free kick went straight through the Madrid wall and past Iker Casillas into the visitors net.

A remarkable spell of three red cards then followed as Mourinho was sent to the stands for sarcastically applauding the referee.

Ozil and Sergio Ramos joined their manager in seeing red as Madrid finished the match with nine men.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid15114040142637
2Barcelona1594237152231
3Sevilla148332520527
4Real Sociedad158252621526
5Atletico MadridAtletico1474328111725
6Villarreal146531910923
7Athletic Bilbao147252017323
8Las PalmasLas Palmas155642623321
9Malaga155642422221
10EibarEibar146352119221
11Celta Vigo146352426-221
12Espanyol144731717019
13AlavesAlaves144551417-317
14Real Betis144371728-1115
15Leganes154381226-1415
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo153482027-713
17Valencia153392129-812
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon143381528-1312
19Granada151681431-179
20Osasuna1514101332-197