Thursday, April 4, 2019

Valencia Inflict 9th La Liga Defeat on Real Madrid



Real Madrid’s harrowing campaign continued as they fell to a ninth defeat in La Liga and their first since manager, Zinedine Zidane returned.

NAN reports that Real Madrid were deservedly beaten 2-1 away by a resurgent Valencia on Wednesday.

Portugal international Goncalo Guedes fired Valencia into the lead in the 35th minute with a thumping shot from inside the area, which was too powerful for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Real Madrid had played well until conceding, but lost momentum after the goal and Valencia continued to threaten into the second half.

They finally doubled their lead with a header by defender Ezequiel Garay from a corner in the 83rd minute.

Karim Benzema headed in a consolation goal for Real Madrid in stoppage time.

This was shortly after Zidane’s side had a penalty kick decision overturned, after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review ruled Sergio Ramos was offside.

Real Madrid are stuck in third on 57 points, 13 behind La Liga leaders FC Barcelona and five behind city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Valencia, who have reached the Copa del Rey final and the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League, have UEFA Champions League qualification in their sights.

That was after climbing up to fifth in the table on 46 points, one behind fourth-placed Getafe.

The win extended their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions, their longest stretch without defeat in their 100-year history.

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