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Madrid draws 2-2 at Villarreal before Champions League final

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Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Real Madrid squandered first-half goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in drawing at Villarreal 2-2 on Saturday in its last match before the Champions League final.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane aligned what could be his starting 11 for the final against Liverpool next Saturday, except for giving son Luca Zidane his competitive debut in goal. The 20-year-old Luca Zidane regularly plays for Madrid's reserve team in the third division.

Zidane left striker Karim Benzema on his bench in favor of starting Ronaldo and Bale alone up front and playing Francisco "Isco" Alarcon along with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as playmakers in front of holding midfielder Casemiro.

That group dominated the first half, but Villarreal improved after Ronaldo and Luka Modric were replaced by Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with half an hour remaining.

The draw in the final round meant Madrid finished the Spanish league in third place behind Atletico Madrid and champion Barcelona.

Bale opened the scoring with a solo effort in the 11th minute, and Ronaldo headed in a superb cross by Marcelo just after the half-hour mark.

Villarreal outplayed the visitors in the second half and leveled through goals by substitutes Roger Martinez in the 70th and Samuel Castillejo in the 85th.

Updated May 19, 2018

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