Spanish La Liga
ValenciaValencia2Real MadridReal Madrid1

Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid

By Pete OliverBBC Sport
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

  • 1Alves Carreira
  • 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 forRodríguez Ruizat 71'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 80'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2Varane
  • 6Khedira
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Valencia CF 2, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rodrigo (Valencia CF).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia CF).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Enzo Pérez (Valencia CF).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Enzo Pérez.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 4th January 2015

Top Stories