Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo were at the helm of the highlights in Spain as Real Madrid recorded another late win for the season at the Bernabeu to re-ignite their La Liga title challenge!
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It wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for Real Madrid as the reigning Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty after scoring a header goal which could’ve easily secured the game for Real Madrid but the host made late amends with Marcelo striking a brilliant solo goal to continue his stunning form and rescue the 3 points.
Valencia started off strong in the 1st minute itself as an awkward clearance from Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos allowed them a gilt chance to score just 57 seconds in. Santi Mina hit the post but after that, Madrid turned on their game!
Continued pressure from Real Madrid saw a few chances in the opening half as a glorious Cristiano Ronaldo cross from the right was headed straight to the keeper by Karim Benzema.
After hitting a free-kick just over the bar, Ronaldo scored the opening goal with some style.
A brilliant curling cross from Dani Carvajal saw Cristiano Ronaldo jump the highest and score a brilliant header to put Real Madrid ahead in the 27th minute.
There wasn’t much to report in the first half after Ronaldo’s goal as Madrid continued to push forward by the likes of Ronaldo, Benzema and James Rodriguez and built a commanding position.
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Moving on to the second half of the game.
The second half started with a lot of intent going forward from Real Madrid as Benzema saw his effort hit the post and then Modric was brought down inside the box to award Real Madrid a penalty and a chance to seal the tie. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to take it but his effort lacked the usual power and his spot kick was saved by Diego Alves.
The pressure continued to ramp up with Ronaldo missing from a tight angle from 3 yards after a sublime cross from Marco Asensio, who’s now a bit of a young sensation among the Bernabeu faithful.
Things went worse for Real Madrid as Valencia clawed an equalizer after a stunning free kick from Dani Parejo hit the top corner and Keylor Navas couldn’t save it even after getting a hand to it.
But well, it’s never over without a dramatic late show in the Bernabeu.
Marcelo, who had been amazing throughout the game was found on the left by a teasing cross, he cut inside and scored a GOLAZO as they call it past Diego Alves and sent the Bernabeu fans into euphoria.
The final score was indeed reflective of Real Madrid’s effort and they reignited their title challenge with a brilliant statement.
THE RACE TO THE TITLE IS ON!
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