First-half goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo have earned Real Madrid a comfortable 2-0 victory over hosts Villarreal in La Liga this afternoon, moving Carlo Ancelotti's men into fourth spot in the table.
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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.
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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The second half saw both sides start off at a rather sluggish pace, though Jonathan dos Santos did well to force a great defensive header from Ramos, as he produced an almost-telling ball in from the left.
Dos Santos threatened again nearing the end of the game, with Madrid seemingly keen on eking out time, as he found space outside the box, only to shoot straight into the arms of the Madrid goalkeeper.
Ronaldo might have completed a brace late on in the second half as he turned at pace to collect a lofted through-ball, only for goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo to rush out and collect, leaving the final score at 2-0.