Madrid were struggling to make inroads and one Hazard pass that went behind Benzema summed up the home side’s untidy attempts at breaking down Valencia’s defence. When Geoffrey Kondogbia thundered a shot from distance Courtois saved well to keep the scores level at half-time. In the five minutes added to the first half Hazard forced Cillessen into another save but Zidane looked less than happy with the first period when the whistle was blown for the break. Ramos tried to spark Real Madrid into life charging forward and laying the ball off to Valverde but Cillessen saved his shot. Just as patience began to fray Hazard and Benzema got on the same wavelength to break the deadlock. The opening goal was the prelude for the Asensio show that followed.
We're still very much in the race. "Madrid certainly are, but they still require favours from their rivals, while Sunday's crunch affair will be missing key men. After suffering a minor knee injury against Manchester City on Wednesday, Gareth Bale is out. So are Dani Carvajal and Keylor Navas. Karim Benzema is 50-50 too. "Injury problems are inevitable in the final stages of the season, " said Zidane. "We've got a big enough squad to deal with it. "Such headaches will add to the tension at the Bernabeu amid this furious two-hour dash around La Liga. From minute to minute, everything can change.
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Asensio wore a big smile as he made his entrance on 72 minutes to end a miserable year in which he went under the knife last August having sustained the left knee injury in a friendly against Arsenal. The grin broadened as he made the most incredible of returns to action within seconds of coming on. Toni Kroos swung a corner over from the right and Sergio Ramos got his head to it but the ball ran out to Ferland Mendy down the Madrid left. Marco Asensio's face was a picture of joy after be banished the demons of a long lay-off to score with his first touch The Spaniard volleyed home Ferland Mendy's cross expertly just moments after being brought onto the pitch Eden Hazard (left) and Luka Modric (right) combined before feeding Karim Benzema, who slotted home for the opener The Frenchman broke the deadlock in the 61st minute of the LaLiga clash on Thursday evening and scored a second later on MATCH FACTS: Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, (Asensio), Benzema, Hazard (Vinícius Júnior)Unused subs: Areola, Militão, Bale, Marcelo, Rodríguez, Díaz, Altube, Rodrygo, Hernández Goals: Benzema (61, 86), Asensio (74)Valencia: Cillessen, Wass, Guillamón, Mangala, Gayà, Torres (Guedes), Parejo, (Coquelin), Kondogbia, Soler (Cherychev), Rodrigo (Lee), Gómez (Gameiro)Unused subs: Doménech, Correia, Costa, Diakhaby, Vallejo Galván, Sobrino, Florenzi Bookings: Gaya, Guillamon, Lee (sent off) He tricked his way to the byline and crossed with pace for Asensio to beat Jasper Cillessen with a sweetly executed side-foot volley into the far corner.
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Indeed, despite their indifference, genuine occasions have still drawn something out of Valencia: Against Barcelona, they've taken four points from six in the league; in January, they held Madrid to a 2-2 draw. More of the same here, then? "Everyone likes to show what they can do on such a stage, " said Ayestaran on Saturday, per the club's website, "it [the Bernabeu] is a place where you either go charged up or you will have problems. "He's right.
Real Madrid vs Valencia - live score and updates from LaLigaReal Madrid 3-0 Valencia: Super-sub Marco Asensio hits brilliant volley with first touch to banish demons of long injury lay-off as Karim Benzema brace helps hosts cut Barcelona's LaLiga lead back to two pointsValencia thought they'd taken lead after Rodrigo converted Carlos Soler's wonderful through ball in first halfBut one of his team-mates was deemed offside and VAR intervention disallowed the would-be opener Jasper Cillessen was in fine form in goal for Valencia and managed to keep Zinedine Zidane's side at bay Real finally broke the deadlock in the 61st minute with Karim Benzema sweeping home after neat one-two Frenchman is now joint-fifth alongside Ferenc Puskas (242 goals) in Real Madrid's all-time leading scorers list Marco Asensio came off the bench and marked return from injury by scoring with first touch moments later Benzema then scored his 243rd goal for the club, moving ahead of Ferenc Puskas outright and sealing victory Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19 Published: 19:36 GMT, 18 June 2020 | Updated: 01:33 GMT, 19 June 2020 Advertisement Marco Asensio scored with his first touch after 10 months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury as Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 to move back within two points of Barcelona.
On 21 minutes Rodrigo thought he had gone went one better, sliding the ball past Courtois from Carlos Soler’s pass. Rodrigo was onside but Maxi Gomez wasn’t and VAR decided that the Uruguayan centre forward was interfering with play. Benzema rounded off the night with another superb effort to put the icing on the cake for the hosts on Thursday The Real players came together in celebration after finally scoring the first goal of the game midway through the second half Valencia thought they'd taken the lead through Rodrigo but his strike was ruled out for an offside after a VAR check The visitors looked certain they'd edged in front but one of Rodrigo's team-mates was adjudged to have been offside Sergio Ramos went to check on Rodrigo Moreno, who went down clutching his face after a particularly robust challenge Real boss Zinedine Zidane was frustrated by his side in the first half as they failed to create many clear chances Thibaut Courtois was kept relatively busy although it was Real Madrid dominating most of the possession Eden Hazard was busy for Los Blancos and showed signs that he is reaching fitness after an underwhelming campaign Cillessen saved again with his feet, this time from Carvajal who shot from close range having tricked his way past Jose Gaya.
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Second-placed Atletico Madrid travel to Levante, while third-placed Real Madrid welcome Valencia to the Santiago Bernabeu. The respective points tallies: 85, 85 and 84. For Madrid, their meeting with Pako Ayestaran's side probably stands as the most testing of the three. Two-and-a-half years have now passed since Madrid last defeated Valencia in late 2013, and though Los Che are approaching the end of an extremely tumultuous campaign, enough talent resides in their squad to cause damage when it clicks. For Valencia, though, that's the issue: when. Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty ImagesAll season, the men from Mestalla have existed in some sort of funk, riddled with tension and only pulled out of it temporarily by meetings with the big boys.
This will feel like a proper jornada, and it should be captivating. Unlike the league's customary weekend schedule with its disjointed feel, this will add that sense of freneticism to proceedings. Around the country goals will fly in, and as they do, equations will change and so will the complexion of the table. Each minute, each act and each game: all connected. In an already-juicy title race, it will add another dimension. On Sunday, league-leaders Barcelona host Espanyol in a spicy Catalan derby.
Madrid's recent record at home is fearsome—15 wins in their last 16 at the Bernabeu in all competitions—and there's now a very real sense of Zinedine Zidane's men building momentum and strength, the entire dynamic of their season having shifted with this storming late run. "The plan is to go out on to the pitch at full throttle, believe in our strength at home and do all we can to get the three points, " said Zidane at his pre-match press conference. "We've won 10 La Liga games in a row and we have to keep this run going.
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