Samuel Chukwueze’s impressive form continued under Quique Setien as Villarreal pulled off a stunning 3-2 victory against Real Madrid, the current World Champions. Real Madrid, who were already struggling in La Liga, saw their deficit at the top of the table grow larger after the defeat.

Real Madrid started strong, taking an early lead with a scrappy goal off a deflection from Villarreal defender Pau Torres. However, Villarreal fought back, and just before half-time, Samuel Chukwueze showcased his fancy footwork to level the score with a well-placed shot from inside the box.

Real Madrid regained the lead in the second half with a dazzling display of dribbling from Vinícius Jr., but Villarreal refused to back down. With 20 minutes remaining, José Luis Morales scored from close range to equalize once again.

In a dramatic twist, it was Villarreal who found the late winner, with Samuel Chukwueze stepping up once again to score a finesse shot past Thibaut Courtois. Real Madrid’s hopes for a late penalty were dashed after a VAR review, and despite seven minutes of added time, they failed to find an equalizer.

Villarreal’s victory was a shock to Real Madrid, known for their dramatic finishes at the Santiago Bernabéu, and it further extended Real Madrid’s deficit at the top of La Liga.