Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid: As It Happened
Real Madrid edged out Valencia 3-2 in a thrilling game at the Mestalla. In doing so, José Mourinho's men continue to lead La Liga by three points ahead of Barcelona. 11 December cannot arrive any sooner.
Starting Lineups and Substitutes
Real Madrid: Iker Casillas, Álvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Lassana Diarra, Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema
Substitutes: Antonio Adán, Raúl Albiol, Esteban Granero, José Callejón, Hamit Altıntop, Nuri Sahin, Gonzalo Higuaín
Valencia: Diego Alves, Miguel, Victor Ruiz, Adil Rami, Jordi Alba,Tino Costa, David Albelda, Sofiane Feghouli, Jérémy Mathieu, Daniel Parejo, Roberto Soldado
Substitutes: Vicente Guaita, Antonio Barragan, Pablo, Mehmet Topal, Aritz Aduriz, Jonas, Pablo Piatti.
Fulltime: Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid
- Karim Benzema 20', Sergio Ramos 71', Roberto Soldado 75, 'Cristiano Ronaldo 79', Roberto Soldado 83'.
I'm so glad I covered this game. What a game. It started poorly but towards the end it became a riveting game...nail-biting if you were a Real Madrid or a Valencia supporter.
Man of the match: Roberto Soldado
Worst player of the match: Mesut Özil
Just looked disintested and couldn't affect the game.
Talking point: The handball at the end of the game. Though referee José Vitienes could not see it as his vision was blocked.
90+4'- But...it's not given. Hard for referee José Vitienes to see because there was so many players in front of him.
90+4'- Oh...it is a handball!
90+4'- Diego Alves is in the box. Valencia are insistent that it's a handball.
90+4'- Free kick to Valencia. I wonder if Diego Alves is going to come up.
90+3'- Mesut Özil gives the ball away forcing Esteban Granero to take a yellow card.
90+2'- Two minutes left. Could Valencia do it? If they can, it would be a great comeback.
90'- Four minutes of added time to be added.
90'- Valencia laying waste to Real Madrid's goal. My mouth was wide opened. I couldn't believe it. I thought Roberto Soldado had just scored but it was ruled off-side.
87'- That's a waste from Adil Rami who basically shot from France. Absurd range to shoot from.
86'- Good shot from Pablo. But he should have passed it to a free Jérémy Mathieu. The shot is easily saved by Iker Casillas.
86'- Could Valencia snatch a draw?
83'- Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot from way out and it goes high and wide. The less said about that miss the better.
82'- GOAL!!! Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid
Oh my...oh my...oh my. Pablo did brilliantly to get to the ball, crosses it, Roberto Soldado blind sides Sergio Ramos and scores.
82'- Well...it took a while but now the game not only is more exciting but both sides are playing well.
81'- Great work from Lassana Diarra to tackle Pablo.
78'- GOAL!!! Valencia 1-3 Real Madrid
No idea what Diego Alves was doing but he came rushing out, Cristiano Ronaldo beats him to the ball and coolly slots it into the unguarded net.
78'- Great block from Marcelo to stop Roberto Soldado from scoring.
77'- It looks like José Callejón may come on.
76'- Real Madrid can ill-afford to rest on their laurels.
74'- GOAL!!! Valencia 1-2 Real Madrid
Game on! Great finish from Roberto Soldado to beat Iker Casillas and Marcelo on the goaline.
73'- Now what's missing from this Real Madrid game is Cristiano Ronaldo scoring.
72'- Real Madrid SUBSTITUTION
OFF: Karim Benzema ON: Gonzalo Higuaín
Sergio Ramos celebrates by running towards José Mourinho.
OFF: Sofiane Feghouli ON: Pablo
Feghouli really didn't do much.
71'- GOAL!!! Valencia 0-2 Real Madrid
Well there goes the game. Strong downward header from Sergio Ramos to score.
70'- Excellent tackle from Adil Rami who came out on top after Cristiano Ronaldo attempted to beat him 1 on 1. Against Chelsea, Rami dominated Fernando Torres and today, Ronaldo really hasn't done anything.
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