Both Real Madrid and Villarreal earned a point at the Estadio de la Cerámica after drawing 1-1 on Saturday.
Injury-plagued Real Madrid had a tough match ahead of them when travelling to Villarreal.
Without Karim Benzema or Luka Jovic, Mariano Diaz led the attack and immediately made his presence known scoring just two minutes into the match.
Down early, Unai Emery’s side peppered Zinedine Zidane’s defence with chances but most went wasted. It wasn’t until the 76-minute where they were able to find the back of the net.
Thibaut Courtois fouled Samuel Chukwueze in the box leading to Gerard Moreno stepping up to the spot and Real Madrid conceding their fourth penalty in two games.
Diaz’s goal and Moreno’s penalty were the only two shots on target all game.
With the score level, the hosts had a boost of energy and almost found a late-match winner in the 82-minute if Raphael Varane didn’t make an interception.
Real Madrid loanee Takefusa Kubo also had a chance to seal a victory for Emery’s side.
With the result, Villarreal and Real Madrid maintain their second and fourth place positions in the table.