LA LIGA: VALENCIA VS REAL MADRID, 1-4

Real Madrid surprised Valencia by having 4-1 away win at the Mestalla, Valencia were no pushovers and battled Madrid all evening. It was Marcelo and Toni Kroos ’s late goals that sentenced Valencia to defeat. It was an encouraging game for Madridistas with great individual performances from the likes of Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Modric, and Ronaldo. What did transpire at the Mestalla was a comprehensive scoreline but a far less convincing performance as a pair of Ronaldo penalties in the first half put the game out of Valencia's reach before the break despite their second half push for parity. Martín Montoya lunged at Cristiano Ronaldo in the penalty area after a slick counter that saw Marcelo and Karim Benzema combine to tee up the Portuguese. The referee pointed for the penalty spot and Ronaldo rolled it home.
Montoya was on the wrong side of another decision in the penalty area on 38 minutes when he jumped into Benzema's back as the striker jumped to head the ball at the back post. The referee's decision was the same and ditto outcome from Ronaldo's spot kick. For as clumsy as Montoya was, Ronaldo was equally clinical with his execution. Valencia responded after the break and got their reward when Santi Mina headed home from a corner after a period of sustained pressure on 58 minutes. That pressure was about to reach breaking point when Real Madrid started to slowly turn the tide. Marcelo put the game beyond Valencia when he linked well with Marco Asensio on the left before driving low and hard beyond Neto, who might have hoped to do better at his near post. Kroos put a nice lacquer on the scoreline when he curled home after a nice combination with Mateo Kovacic to make it 4-1.
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