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Result: Real Madrid move into fourth with away win

Real Madrid move into fourth spot in the La Liga table as goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo see them past home side Villarreal.

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.

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.

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo 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

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.

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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
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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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