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Half-Time Report: Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo give Real Madrid half-time lead

Goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo give travelling Real Madrid a 2-0 half-time lead over Villarreal in La Liga.

First-half goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo have handed Real Madrid a 2-0 half-time lead over home side Villarreal in La Liga this afternoon.

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs Real Madrid CF at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on September 27, 2014© Getty Images

Madrid started at a bright pace and they almost took the lead after five minutes when defender Sergio Ramos rifled into the back of the net, only to have his effort chalked off for handling the ball in the box.

Back came Villarreal though, as striker Ikechukwu Uche drilled towards the bottom corner, forcing Iker Casillas into a smart stop down low.

As expected a stunt organised by Manchester United fans saw a plane fly above El Madrigal showcasing a 'Come home Ronaldo' banner, while below on the pitch Ramos was left to make a stunning interception to stop Uche from breaking the deadlock.

The hosts were made to pay in the 32nd minute as Modric showed his class by lashing home an effort into the bottom corner from outside of the box to make it 1-0.

Villarreal could have equalised just before the break, only for Cani to guide his header just wide of the right post with Casillas scrambling to make ground.

The miss was to prove pivotal as Madrid claimed their second of the afternoon just before half time, as Karim Benzema squared for an on-rushing Ronaldo to slide in and make it 2-0.

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