Real Madrid seem to have a flair for the heroics as they left it late but came away with a 2-1 win against Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium.
The home side took the lead in the second half after a calamity in the Real Madrid box. A cross was deflected off of Lucas Vazquez and reached Hugo Duro who sliced a shot past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Real Madrid’s unbeaten streak continues and are now top of the league
With the win, Real Madrid extend their unbeaten streak to 23 games and go two points clear at the top of La Liga table. The Merengues took full advantage of Atletico Madrid dropping points a day earlier.
Valencia were not as dominant as Inter Milan were midweek but they were getting the better of Real Madrid. In the first half, the home side had more of the ball and looked more dangerous going forward. But as we’re learning, Madrid are more than capable of absorbing that pressure and so they did.
The second half was more balanced despite Valencia having an opportunity to take the lead shortly after the whistle. They eventually took the lead in the 66th minute courtesy of Duro, the former Madrid player.
Looking to get some fresh legs out there, manager Jose Bordalas opted to make three changes with a little over 10 minutes left in the game. Carlo Ancelotti made his own changes a few minutes prior, subbing on Isco and Luka Jovic.
The mistake made by Bordalas wasn’t so much the changes rather the decision to sit back and try to soak up the pressure and see out the game. Against Real Madrid, that is a recipe for disaster.
It didn’t take long after the changes for Vinicius Junior to equalize. He was fortunate as his shot deflected off a defender as the goalkeeper was going the other way. Those are the kind of breaks a player gets when they’re in a good moment.
Vinicius is on an excellent run of form to start out the season. He’s scored five goals in five games and also provided the assist for Benzema’s winner. The Brazilian forward seems to have put his finishing troubles behind him and become an integral part of Ancelotti’s team.
This edition of Real Madrid may no be the most flashy or as full of star-studded names, but they maintain that attitude of never giving up and never thinking that they’re out of a game. Ancelotti is looking more and more like he was the right choice to take over for Zinedine Zidane.
Given Atletico Madrid’s scoring troubles and the general uncertainty surrounding Barcelona, it is not out of the realm of reality to think Real Madrid can run away with the league. At the very least, it is going to take some doing to knock them off of first place considering the competition.
They were the only Spanish team to win in the Champions League last week. They’re pulling out the results and that is with a handful of their starters out injured. Anything can happen but Los Blancos have already pulled ahead from the rest of the pack.