Villarreal defeat Real Madrid 3-2

2009-05-18 10:13 BJT

Football news from the Spanish Primera Liga, where Real Madrid's title defence ended after their 3-2 crash to Villarreal. Meanwhile, newly-crowned Barcelona also lost to Mallorca.

Real needed to win to stand any chance of catching up with leaders Barcelona. but were stopped at Villarreal.

After 17 minutes, Real suffered a blow, Ariel Ibagaza's cross found Robert Pires, who rose above to head home. Villarreal 1-0 Real Madrid.

Right before the break, Real levelled the match, Miguel Torres curled a deep cross, Higuain laid it back to Rafael Van der Vaart for the equalizer.Real Madrid 1-1 Villarreal.

In the 62nd minute, Villarreal regained lead, Fabio Cannavaro failed to clear a cross, Ruben Cani lashed home. Villarreal 2-1 Real Madrid.

Three minutes from time, Real equalized, controversial goal: Raul's shot blocked, Higuain prodded home on offside position. Real Madrid 2-2 Villarreal.

In the dying seconds, Iker Casillas failed to clear a corner, Joan Capdevila tapped home for winner. Final score: Villarreal 3-2 Real Madrid.

The loss meant Real Madrid ended title defence while Barcelona automatically won the title.

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