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Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane suffers first defeat since return

Valencia players celebrate
Valencia had gone almost 550 minutes without conceding at home before Karim Benzema scored late on

Real Madrid suffered their ninth La Liga loss of the season and their first under the returning Zinedine Zidane after being outclassed by Valencia.

They have now lost as many league matches this term as in their previous two campaigns combined.

Goncalo Guedes side-footed in a finish for the hosts in the first half and Ezequiel Garay headed in the second.

Karim Benzema pulled a goal back in injury-time for Real, but there was no time remaining to claim a point.

Up until Frenchman Benzema's header in the 93rd minute, Real created very little and were second best throughout the match - their only effort of note was Toni Kroos' long-range strike in the first half, which was easily dealt with by goalkeeper Neto.

With eight games remaining, Real are in third place, 13 points behind league leaders Barcelona. Meanwhile, Valencia move up to fifth place, just one point behind Getafe in fourth.

After Portuguese winger Guedes opened the scoring in the first half, exchanging passes with Carlos Soler and converting a smart finish at the near post, the home side had numerous opportunities for a second.

Geoffrey Kondogbia scooped over from close range, former Bolton loanee Rodrigo twice curled wide and Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas saved well from Soler's breakaway run.

But Argentine defender Garay did double the advantage in the 83rd minute with a thumping header and although Benzema netted for the visitors, they were unable to emulate Barca's epic late comeback in their 4-4 draw against Villarreal on Tuesday.

Line-ups

Valencia

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 18WassBooked at 5mins
  • 24Garay
  • 12Diakhaby
  • 14Gayá
  • 8SolerSubstituted forTorresat 80'minutes
  • 10ParejoBooked at 65mins
  • 6Kondogbia
  • 7Gonçalo GuedesSubstituted forCheryshevat 73'minutes
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 9GameiroSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doménech
  • 4Roncaglia
  • 11Cheryshev
  • 15Latorre Grueso
  • 16Lee
  • 20Torres
  • 22Mina Lorenzo

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 19OdriozolaBooked at 64mins
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12MarceloBooked at 76mins
  • 10Modric
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8KroosSubstituted forIscoat 64'minutes
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forMarianoat 78'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20AsensioSubstituted forBaleat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Vallejo
  • 7Mariano
  • 11Bale
  • 22Isco
  • 23Reguilón
  • 24Ceballos
  • 30Zidane
Referee:
Santiago Jaime Latre
Attendance:
44,274

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Valencia 2, Real Madrid 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Valencia 2, Real Madrid 1.

Goal!

Goal! Valencia 2, Real Madrid 1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Odriozola.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR: Penalty Kick. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Delay in match (Real Madrid). Video Review.

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Sergio Ramos is caught offside.

Hand ball by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.

Attempt missed. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Santi Mina replaces Kevin Gameiro.

Goal!

Goal! Valencia 2, Real Madrid 0. Ezequiel Garay (Valencia) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Parejo with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Foul by Mariano (Real Madrid).

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

Attempt blocked. Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Denis Cheryshev.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Ferrán Torres replaces Carlos Soler.

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

Attempt blocked. Marcelo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Mariano replaces Lucas Vázquez.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.

Booking

Marcelo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Marcelo (Real Madrid) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Daniel Wass.

Attempt saved. Carlos Soler (Valencia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Gameiro with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Denis Cheryshev replaces Gonçalo Guedes.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

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

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by José Gayá.

Attempt missed. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Carlos Soler.

Booking

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

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Parejo (Valencia).

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

Mouctar Diakhaby (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona30217279314870
2Atl Madrid30188445192662
3Real Madrid30183953361757
4Getafe301211737271047
5Valencia30101643324946
6Alavés2912893135-444
7Sevilla291271047371043
8Ath Bilbao30101373334-143
9Real Betis29117113337-440
10Eibar3091294041-139
11Real Sociedad29910103434037
12Leganés2999112934-536
13Espanyol3098133344-1135
14Girona30810123241-934
15Levante3088144254-1232
16Real Valladolid2979132440-1630
17Villarreal30612123843-530
18Celta Vigo3078154252-1029
19Rayo Vallecano3066183254-2224
20Huesca3058173353-2023
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