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January 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 65000‎
 
 
 
Top of the Match
Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira
Real Madrid
Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil
Real Madrid
Flop of the Match
Jonas
Jonas
Valencia
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid

Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia: Benzema on target as Blancos earn first-leg advantage

The Frenchman opened the scoring in the first half with a cool finish before an Andres Guardado own goal handed Jose Mourinho's side the upper hand in the tie

By Tom Webber

Real Madrid secured a 2-0 lead in the first leg of its Copa del Rey quarterfinal with Valencia after a gutsy performance from the visitors at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Che put in a committed performance in the Spanish capital but it was Madrid which emerged on top with one goal either side of halftime. Karim Benzema put the hosts ahead against the run of play in the first half before an Andres Guardado own goal secured them a solid first-leg lead.

After two early Cristiano Ronaldo free kicks flew wide of the posts in the opening seven minutes, the clearest chance for Madrid to take the lead fell to Luka Modric. The Croatian was put through on goal by Benzema but, with plenty to aim, at he somehow contrived to shoot narrowly wide.

Valverde's men assumed control of possession and it was not until the 28th minute that los Blancos managed to wrest the ball away and worry the Valencia defense again.

Ronaldo held off the challenge of Joao Pereira to slip a pass to Mesut Ozil as he surged into the box from deep. However, in stretching to control the ball his touch was heavy and Pablo Piatti managed to steal in and poke possession to his toes.

Again Valencia bounced back with two decent chances for Jonas, one of which was only kept out by a magnificent reaction save from Casillas, but the misses proved costly as Benzema gave los Blancos the lead against the run of play.

Eight minutes from halftime a swift counterattack was lead by Michael Essien. He found Sami Khedira who put a first-time pass into the path of the Frenchman, who then guided the ball into the bottom corner.

The visitors continued to press after the break with some adventurous football that forced Jose Mourinho's men to defend in numbers. And they were let off the hook in the 50th minute as Victor Ruiz nodded over the bar despite beating Casillas to a cross into the box.

Los Blancos were struggling to forge any meaningful attacks in the second half and so Angel di Maria was introduced shortly after the hour mark.

But Valencia remained in control and it came agonizingly close to equalizing in the 66th minute. Roberto Soldado sprung the offside trap and Casillas could only palm his shot into the path of Jonas; however, he somehow struck the ball wide with almost the whole goal to shoot at.

Once more it was a miss from the Brazilian who was a prelude to Madrid finding the net, somewhat undeservedly. Fabio Coentrao raced to the byeline and his cutback was bundled into the net by a combination of Guardado and Gonzalo Higuain, though the Mexican appeared to take the last touch.

Valverde was sent to the stands by the referee in the aftermath of the goal but Guaita halted things from getting worse as he denied Ronaldo with two brilliant saves in the closing stages.

Therefore, Los Merengues only take a 2-0 advantage into the second leg at Mestalla in a fortnight.

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Real Madrid

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
2.00
33
Raúl Albiol
Defender
70′
2.00
12
Marcelo
Defender
46′
3.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
75′
3.00
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
62′
3.50
-
Michael Essien
Midfielder
2.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
3.50
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
37′ 93′
3.50
7
3.00
9
Karim Benzema
Striker
37′ 69′
3.00

Valencia

3.50
13
Guaita
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
Adil Rami
Defender
3.00
12
2.50
5
2.50
18
3.50
-
Ever Banega
Midfielder
84′
3.00
24
Tino Costa
Midfielder
47′ 79′
3.00
21
Parejo
Midfielder
2.50
9
2.00
7
Jonas
Striker
3.50
17

Substitutes

22
2.50
1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
 - 
17
Arbeloa
Defender
 - 
5
3.00
9
3.00
7
 - 
2
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
20
 - 
19
Barragán
Defender
 - 
1
Diego Alves
Goalkeeper
1.50
5
Fernando Gago
Midfielder
79′
 - 
-
Jonathan Viera
Midfielder
1.50
18
2.00
20

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

3.00
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atlético de Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2