. . BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Weakened by injuries and coronavirus infections, Real Madrid lost points for the second consecutive year in the Spanish league on Saturday when they drew 1-1 in Villarreal. Without Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema's goal, Madrid had to secure a point from Zinedine Zidane at El Estadio de la Cerámica. Madrid got off to a promising start when rarely used striker Mariano Díaz scored a cross from Dani Carvajal three minutes after kick-off. Madrid controlled the rest of the first half but Unai Emerys Villarreal improved after the restart. After Dani Parejo and Gerard Moreno were both close with shots, Emery sent Samuel Chukwueze and Pervis Estupiñán. The reinforcements bonded to level when Estupiñán sent a long ball into the box to hit Chukwueze's run and Courtois rushed out and swept Chukwueze off his feet. Moreno stepped up to pay the penalty to Courtois in the 76th. to fire. Villarreal were looking for the winner but had to settle for the point that kept them in second place and remained unbeaten at home this season. "The draw with the defending champions can please you, but the way we played made me feel like we could win the game," said Emery. Villarreal, who managed without injured striker Paco Alcácer, are one point behind leaders Real Sociedad, who will face Cádiz on Sunday. Madrid missed Ramos, Benzema and Federico Valverde due to injury. Casemiro, Éder Militão and Luka Jovic were unavailable after testing positive for the coronavirus. But they still had a starting XI including Eden Hazard, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, and Zidane used Francisco "Isco" Alarcón and Marco Asensio to replace them. Madrid, who lost 4-1. . .