Real Madrid stumble against Villarreal to allow Barcelona back into title race

Real Madrid have let Barcelona back into the title race with an undisciplined 1-1 draw with lowly Villarreal.

Real Madrid have let Barcelona back into the title race with an undisciplined 1-1 draw with lowly Villarreal.

The visitors conceded an equaliser to Marcos Senna, had boss Jose Mourinho sent from the dugout and Sergio Ramos and Mesut Ozil red-carded all in the space of three minutes late in the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo's excellent 62nd-minute opener had put a below-par Madrid in front, but Senna equalised with a 25-yard free-kick in the 83rd minute.

The real drama came in the aftermath, though, as Mourinho was ordered from the touchline for his reaction to the equalising goal.

Ramos was shown a second yellow in the 85th minute for an aggressive challenge on Nilmar and Ozil was given a straight red moments later, apparently for dissent.

The draw left Madrid just six points clear of Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division.

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