Real Madrid's attack blunted by Villarreal

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With Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior finally contained, Real Madrid have had their five-match winning streak come to an end with a goalless home draw against Villarreal in La Liga.

It was the first time this season Madrid were failed the find the target, having outscored their opponents 22-8 in their first seven matches in all competitions.

Los Merengues' 21 goals in six league games was their best mark since 1987-88.

Benzema and Vinicius Junior had been carrying Madrid's attack so far, with at least one of them scoring in five of the first seven matches.

Benzema leads the league's scoring charts with eight goals, followed by Vinicius Junior with five.

The draw left Madrid three-points ahead of Sevilla, who earlier on Saturday defeated Espanyol 2-0 at home.

Sevilla have a game in hand.

Defending champions Atletico Madrid dropped to third place after a stunning 1-0 loss at Alaves, who moved off the bottom of the table with the shock win.

Villarreal are 10th.

"It's a bit frustrating to draw at home, but we faced a good team, a Champions League team," Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said.

"We didn't have many clear chances. They had better ones. It was important to keep a clean sheet."

Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were held again as Atletico missed a chance to regain the lead.

Victor Laguardia scored with a header off a fourth-minute corner to give Alaves their first points of the season and end Atletico's unbeaten run.

The defending champions hadn't lost in seven matches in all competitions this season.

"Alaves played very well defensively and deserved the victory," Simeone said.

"It's normal to go through difficult moments during the season and that's probably happening to us right now."

Sevilla moved to second place by beating Espanyol at home with goals by Youssef En-Nesyri in the first half and Rafa Mir near the end of the match.

Julien Lopetegui's team played a man down from the 65th after losing midfielder Thomas Delaney with two yellow cards after complaining to the referee.

Valencia rallied late with 10 men to draw 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao at home.

Bilbao took the lead with a goal from Inigo Martinez in the 69th but Marcos Andre equalsed five minutes into stoppage time at Mestalla Stadium.

The hosts had lost Maxi Gomez with a red card in the 82nd.

The victory moved Valencia to fifth place, while Bilbao stayed in seventh.

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