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3 talking points as Real Madrid pick up a point against Villarreal

Real Madrid, despite taking an early lead, could only pick up a single point on their visit to Castellon in Saturday’s La Liga fixture.

Villarreal held Real Madrid to their second winless result in as many La Liga outings, drawing 1-1 at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday evening. Los Blancos now have two draws and two defeats to their name in the Spanish top-flight and the defence of their crown is already being questioned as a result of inconsistent performances.

Mariano Diaz scored in next to no time to give Zinedine Zidane’s men the lead, but the Whites did not create any significant chance following the opening strike. A second-half penalty conceded by Thibaut Courtois was converted by Gerard Moreno as the spoils were shared and that was certainly a fair result.

Here is a look at the three takeaways from the match.

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MARIANO SHOWS WHAT HE IS CAPABLE OF

Mariano scored his first goal of the season on his first start inside two minutes. The Dominican striker is effective the third choice for Zidane and was handed a rare start in the absence of Karim Benzema as well as Luka Jovic. As a matter of fact, it was only his first start in La Liga since May 2019- when he struck twice versus the same opponent at home.

The former Lyon superstar has barely played, but whenever he has, it has been a treat to watch. In the Clasico during March, the 27-year-old came off the bench and made an instant impact, getting onto the scoresheet and this time around, it was no different. Los Blancos surely need to use him more, and after a performance like this, they may.