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Marcelo blasts Los Blancos after shock defeat… I feel like we're sinking

Marcelo blasts Los Blancos after shock defeat… I feel like we're sinking

The under-pressure Zidane, who led Madrid to the La Liga title and Champions League titles previous year, insisted that his side can still "turn this around".

Villarreal slowly grew into the game as the second half progressed and capitalized on Real's desperation to try and win the game by outnumbering Zidane's side on the break after clearing Toni Kroos's corner.

However, even with the outcome of the first leg, they mustered some courage which is backed by some level of mental focus and tactical discipline to engage a high profile opposition like Real Madrid.

The Submarino Amarillo spent most of the match hunkering down in the defensive third against Real's relentless, but often off-target, attack.

Kroos: Of Course, if you are not having the best time and start to thinking, it's always more hard, it's always more easy if you have a good run, a good game to give you confidence.

Fornals provided the moment of the half when his exquisite through-ball foxed the Real defence and reached Carlos Bacca, but the Colombian was squeezed out by Keylor Navas. Something has been missing from this side in La Liga play this year and Zidane hasn't been able to figure it out.

Los Blancos had the ball in the back of the net in the 14th minute but Gareth Bale's header was ruled out for offside.

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Zidane's side's Champions League spot for next season is looking perilous - they now sit only one point above Villarreal, who move up to fifth.

Costa was suspended because of a red card for celebrating too close to the fans in the previous game.

Despite losing 2-1 at Villarreal, who are now sixth in La Liga, Leganes progressed on away goals having won the first leg 1-0.

Ruben couldn't do much to stop Valencia's second goal, however, as Rodrigo's shot from outside the area deflected off a defender.

At the other end of the table, basement club Las Palmas were hammered 6-0 by Liga debutants Girona, while 19th-placed Malaga sacked hapless coach Michel a day after Friday's 1-0 defeat at Getafe, a fourth consecutive loss in the league.

Hosting Villarreal at the Bernabeu was never going to be an easy match.