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Madrid return to La Liga action after a successful Club World Cup campaign in the UAE, and can ill afford a slip-up against struggling Villarreal.

Varane added a second in the 20th minute with a header of his own from a Toni Kroos cross following a set piece.

Cazorla has relaunched his injury-hit career back in Spain this season, returning to his homeland after a six-year stint with the Gunners that was cut short by a bad run of injuries.

With barely moments gone, Real were level after Benzema rose high to meet a looping cross from Lucas Vazquez for a free-header into the bottom corner.

The diminutive 34-year-old Spaniard ghosted into the box undetected to nod home at the back post in the 82nd minute.

"I'm very happy, my goal is to win many titles at Real Madrid".

"Every player here has to be committed, dedicated and keep working with hope and excitement; they are all fundamental to us", Solari told reporters ahead of Real's clash with Villarreal.

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The New Year did not bring a new Madrid; while there has been incredible success in Europe in the past three years, their league form has often suffered, and they now sit seven points behind leaders Barcelona.

Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric, who helped set up the equaliser, followed Bale off the pitch midway through the second half.

The alarm bells for Real Madrid started ringing in the 38th minute, when Bale received a ball before being fouled by Javi Fuego.

A rare header from the diminutive Spaniard, which left the home crowd in raptures following Pablo Fornals' cross, also proved Cazorla had lost none of his nous on when to arrive in the penalty area. We chased the victory and had it in our hands.

Bale had to be substituted off because of a physical issue for the 14th time during Thursday night's 2-2 draw at Villarreal.

Villarreal, who have reached the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League in spite of a dire domestic season, clawed their way out of the relegation zone.

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