Spanish La Liga
Valencia2Real Madrid1

Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid

Nicolas Otamendi celebration
Nicolas Otamendi's headed goal gave Valencia only their second win in 11 home games against Real Madrid

Real Madrid's club record 22-match winning run was ended by Nicolas Otamendi's fine header as Valencia came from behind to secure a famous victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty put Real in front, his 33rd goal of the season.

But Valencia made it 1-1 seven minutes into the second half through Antonio Barragan's deflected shot.

Otamendi then powered the ball in from a corner but Madrid stayed top of La Liga thanks to Barcelona's 1-0 defeat to David Moyes's Real Sociedad.

It was Real's first defeat since they lost to city rivals and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on 13 September.

The result lifted Valencia, beaten just once at home all season, into the Champions League places.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo's early penalty was his 26th league goal of the season

Carlo Ancelotti's side would not have envisaged that scenario when they took an early lead through Ronaldo.

After Gareth Bale had been fouled, a free-kick from Tony Kroos was flicked on by Bale against the arm of on-loan Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo.

Ronaldo converted from the spot but then missed an excellent chance to double Real's lead when he rounded goalkeeper Diego Alves but, from a tight angle, shot into the side netting.

Valencia had five players booked in a niggly first half but struck a post through a deflected Andre Gomes shot in stoppage time.

And they were the better side in the second half, levelling when former Liverpool player Barragan scored his first league goal for the club with a shot which was diverted past Iker Casillas by defender Pepe.

Bale was then denied by an excellent Otamendi tackle at the other end before the Argentina international won it with a towering header with 25 minutes to go.

Negredo impressed for Valencia, who could have spared themselves some anxious late moments, notably when Isco's close-range header was saved by Alves, had Barragan not wasted another excellent chance when he shot wide with just Casillas to beat.

Holders Real will now be looking to bounce back against their local rivals in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday night, when Fernando Torres could make his first appearance since re-joining Atletico on loan.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti:

"There were important points of the match where we didn't take our chances, but as I've said in football this happens. You can't always be efficient up front.

"I don't think it will affect the team. It has happened after 22 victories.

"The season is very long and we are well-positioned in La Liga and have a lot of competitions.

"This won't affect us because we know all the things we have done well until now."

Alvaro Negredo
On-loan Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo played against his former club
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo missed an excellent chance to give Real a 2-0 lead
Antonio Barragan
Antonio Barragan spent time at Liverpool earlier in his career but didn't make a Premier League appearance

Line-ups

Valencia

  • 1Diego Alves
  • 5MustafiBooked at 33mins
  • 23Otamendi
  • 6OrbanBooked at 59mins
  • 19BarragánSubstituted forFeghouliat 73'minutes
  • 10ParejoBooked at 43mins
  • 15PérezBooked at 29mins
  • 11PiattiSubstituted forGayá Peñaat 23'minutesBooked at 23mins
  • 21André Gomes
  • 7NegredoSubstituted forRodrigoat 80'minutes
  • 9AlcácerBooked at 42mins

Substitutes

  • 3Vezo
  • 8Feghouli
  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 17Rodrigo
  • 20de Paul
  • 22Gil
  • 31Gayá Peña

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 15CarvajalBooked at 63mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 4RamosBooked at 15mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 23IscoBooked at 39mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forKhediraat 71'minutes
  • 11BaleSubstituted forJeséat 71'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 80'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2Varane
  • 6Khedira
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 20Jesé
  • 24Illarramendi
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
50,738

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home11
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home24
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Valencia CF 2, Real Madrid 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Valencia CF 2, Real Madrid 1.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Attempt blocked. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Isco.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rodrigo (Valencia CF).

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia CF).

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Valencia CF).

Attempt missed. Pepe (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF).

Attempt missed. Javier Hernández (Real Madrid) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jesé with a cross.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Enzo Pérez.

Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sofiane Feghouli.

Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. Rodrigo replaces Álvaro Negredo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Karim Benzema.

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Álvaro Negredo.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Álvaro Negredo.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Foul by Pepe (Real Madrid).

Álvaro Negredo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Valencia CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia CF. Sofiane Feghouli replaces Antonio Barragán.

Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

Lucas Orban (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Valencia CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Gareth Bale.

goal

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Sunday 4th January 2015

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