Real Madrid 3 – Valencia 2 match report: Los Blancos keep pressure...

Real Madrid 3 – Valencia 2 match report: Los Blancos keep pressure on Barcelona


Real Madrid will fight for the La Liga title until the last match of the season. Zinedine Zidane men beat Valencia 3-2 thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and a goal from Karim Benzema.

Atletico Madrid lost against relegated Levante, so Los Blancos moved into the second position in the table and they are now the only team that can prevent Barcelona from conquering the title.

Ronaldo made it 1-0 after 25 minutes as he received a pass from Marcelo and took one stride beyond Abdennour before flashing a superb right-footed finish into the bottom left corner.

Valencia could have levelled in a counter-attack, as Alcacer run through on goal one-on-one with Kiko Casilla. However, the Spanish striker opted to pass sideways for Cancelo, but the defender sent his effort over the bar.

Los Blancos doubled their lead right before the brake after Diego Alves made an unbelievable save to deny Benzema. However, the ball came back into the feet of the striker, who sent it into the bottom corner.

The visitors hit the bar at the start of the second half as Parejo hit a spectacular free-kick up, but the ball just didn’t dip enough and hit the woodwork.

Rodrigo shortened Real’s lead as he picked up a loose ball and fired a brilliant strike into the top right corner.

However, Ronaldo made it 3-1 only four minutes later in a counter-attack. The Portugal international received a pass from James Rodriguez and sent a strike into the roof of the net.

Valencia scored with ten minutes to go as Andre Gomes received the ball from Parejo and sent a stunning shot high into the top corner.

However, two minutes later, Rodrigo was shown a red card and that ended Valencia’s hopes of levelling.