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Where did this come from!?
Real Madrid—who so nearly overturned Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 aggregate Champions League lead during the week—may have been looking forward to a comfortable match against Valladolid this weekend. Instead, Miroslav Dukic's side came to play.
Jose Mourinho rested a number of key defensive players, and boy, did it show. Pepe's early handball set the tone for a back four that forced Madrid's attacking prowess to bail them out across the match. Oscar found space inside the area to give Valladolid a shocking lead with eight minutes gone.
Madrid created a number of opportunities in the minutes following the opener, with Angel Di Maria, Luka Modric and Kaka all racking up attempts on goal. Di Maria made it 1-1 with 26 minutes gone, his deflected shot capitalising on a spell of pressure from the home side.
Cristiano Ronaldo's prominence soon emerged. Di Maria was once again involved as Madrid took the lead just after the half hour. The Argentinian's corner met the head of his Portuguese colleague, with only one result to follow.
The flurry of goals continued three minutes later as a speedy Valladolid breakaway caught the Bernabeu defence napping. Javi Guerra rounded off Omar Ramos' pass to square things up at half-time.
The drama continued straight after the break when Kaka found the top corner from the left side of the box. Another Madrid set piece looked to have eased the pressure with 20 minutes to go, as Ronaldo added his second header of the game from Mesut Ozil's cross.
Valladolid continued to threaten after the gap opened and managed to add a third with three minutes left, as Lluis Sastre came off the bench to power a drive beyond Diego Lopez.
Madrid halt Barcelona's title celebrations for one more week with the victory.
Total shots (on target shots): Real Madrid 27(11)-14(6) Valladolid
Possession: Real Madrid 49-51 Valladolid
Yellow cards: Real Madrid 1-2 Valladolid