By Robert O’Connor
Last Updated: 13/01/18 5:24pm
Pablo Fornals (R) scored Villarreal’s winner
Real Madrid all but relinquished their grip on their La Liga crown as they conceded a late goal to lose 1-0 at home to Villarreal on Saturday.
The misfiring champions were beaten by an 87th-minute strike from Pablo Fornals at the end of a superb break as Real pressed for a winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo was out of sorts as Real toiled in the rain at the Bernabeu, and the forward was left aggrieved when he was denied a penalty after a trip from Mario Gaspar late in the first half.
The defeat leaves Real trailing Barcelona by 16 points, with the leaders due to play Real Sociedad on Sunday.