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Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid

Valencia
Struggling Valencia are onto their third manager of the season

Leaders Real Madrid suffered just their second La Liga loss of the season in a shock defeat against Valencia.

Former West Ham striker Simone Zaza opened the scoring for the hosts with a spectacular strike and Fabian Orellana doubled the lead before Cristiano Ronaldo pulled a goal back.

Ronaldo could have snatched a point late on, but failed to hit the target with his looping header.

Zinedine Zidane's side remain one point clear of Barcelona with a game in hand.

Italian Zaza, 25, failed to score in 11 appearances for the Hammers and broke down in tears at the weekend after his first goal since May. His fourth minute strike against Real at the Mestalla was brilliant, spinning in the area and shooting into the top corner.

Just five minutes later, Orellana finished off a flowing counter-attack, but just before the break Ronaldo's towering header - on his 700th club appearance in his career - from Marcelo's cross gave Los Blancos hope.

Welshman Gareth Bale came off the bench for just his second appearance after a three-month injury layoff for the final half hour and nearly scored, but his point-blank header was blocked by Enzo Perez.

Victory allows struggling Valencia to move up to 13th in the table, with boss Voro their third manager of the season.

Line-ups

Valencia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Alves
  • 2Cancelo
  • 24Garay
  • 5MangalaBooked at 67mins
  • 14Gayá
  • 8PérezBooked at 54mins
  • 10ParejoBooked at 90mins
  • 9El HaddadiBooked at 43mins
  • 15OrellanaSubstituted forSolerat 56'minutes
  • 17Almeida da CunhaSubstituted forSiqueiraat 39'minutes
  • 12ZazaBooked at 19minsSubstituted forSuárezat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Siqueira
  • 7Suárez
  • 11Bakkali
  • 13Domenech
  • 18Soler
  • 20Medrán
  • 23Abdennour

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Navas
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 29mins
  • 5VaraneBooked at 59minsSubstituted forNachoat 73'minutes
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19ModricSubstituted forVázquezat 76'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forBaleat 62'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 11Bale
  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 21Morata
  • 22Isco
Referee:
Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Attendance:
45,833

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home8
Away22
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Valencia 2, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Valencia 2, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by João Cancelo.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Carlos Soler.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Valencia. Daniel Parejo tries a through ball, but Munir El Haddadi is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by José Gayá.

  10. Booking

    Daniel Parejo (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Parejo (Valencia).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

  16. Post update

    Diego Alves (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Casemiro tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

  20. Post update

    Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid22164257203752
2Barcelona23156263194451
3Sevilla23154446281849
4Atl Madrid23136443192445
5Real Sociedad2313283632441
6Villarreal23109430151539
7Eibar2310583631535
8Ath Bilbao2310582828035
9Celta Vigo2210393636033
10Espanyol238873031-132
11Alavés237972228-630
12Las Palmas237793235-328
13Malaga236893137-626
14Valencia2375113341-826
15Real Betis2266102235-1324
16Dep La Coruña2247112635-919
17Leganés2346131639-2318
18Sporting Gijón2344152547-2216
19Granada2337132149-2816
20Osasuna2317152452-2810
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