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Valencia - Real Madrid

2-1: Defeat at Mestalla

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REPORT | 03/04/2019 | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia

Benzema scored a headed goal for Real Madrid against Valencia.
  • La Liga
  • Matchday 30
  • 03/04/2019
Real Madrid could not continue their run of wins since Zidane's return. The Whites dominated as always but lost the  game against an inspired Valencia who were sólid at the back and converted their chances. Benzema scored the Whites' gol in the dying moments. The game started off as a cagey affair with very few chnces at either end. Real Madrid took the iniciative and managed to trouble the valencia defense. The home side sat back and waited for their moment to pounce, and sure enough on 22’, Kroos took his side's first shot goal from far out.

An isolated moment of play saw the deadlock broken on minute 35. Guedes scooped up Navas' parried save, played a neat one-two with Soler and smashed a shot in off the post to make it 1-0. After the goal, both teams looked to stretch the play and had some great chances. Valencia had another golden opportunity as Gameiro came close with a header and Rodrigo tried his luck. Zidane's side also came close to scoring, testing Neto with a long range strike from Marcelo which ballooned wide. Asensio was next to get involved, really testing the valencia goalkeeper with his effort.

The second half kicked off in more open fashion than the first. Madrid were driving forward in search of a goal but that only left more spaces in behind for their opponents. Carlos Soler took advantage of the fact, rushing through one-on-one with Keylor, who produced a fabulous stop to deny him (53’). Marcelo then responded with a left-footed drive from the edge of the box which was saved by Neto. The minutes ticked by and the dynamic of the game remained much the same. Real Madrid continued to build but Valencia were a constant threat on the counter. With 61 minutes on the clock, a swift move by Rodrigo was finished with a shot across goal which flew into the corner. 

Benzema goal
Zidane shuffled his pack and brought on Isco and Bale. The Whites launched repeated attacks on the opposition box but clear-cut chances were few and far between. Valencia had another chance to put the game to bed but Soler failed to put the finishing touch to another quick counter-attack. With 15 minutes to go, there was still all to play for and Mariano came on as the final madridista change. However, with 83 minutes gone, it was Garay who made it 2-0, turning in a Parejo corner. In time added on, the referee blew for a penalty on Ramos but changed his mind, adjudging the captain to have been off-side. Benzema did cut the deficit right at the end to make it 2-1 when he headed home Modric’s corner (93’). Real Madrid will now hope to get back to winning ways against Éibar at the Bernabéu on Saturday.