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Real Madrid v Valencia Live Commentary, 01/12/2018

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2 - 0
RMA
VAL
D. Wass (8 og)
Lucas Vázquez (83)
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Commentary

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Real Madrid rode their luck in the second half, but Solari will be delighted that his side picked up all three points after the shock defeat to Eibar last weekend. Marcelino will be happy with what he saw from his team in the second half, though Valencia will be frustrated that their struggles in front of goal continued. Both teams will rest plenty of players in the Copa del Rey in midweek before returning to league action next weekend.
Real Madrid return to winning ways in LaLiga thanks to Wass’ first-half own goal and Vazquez’s close-range finish late in the second half. Mina’s missed chance soon after the break was the closest Valencia came to finding the net.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-0 VALENCIA
90' + 2' Gaya receives the ball on an underlapping run into the box again and Carvajal does well to block his cross.
90' + 1' Llorente gives away a free-kick in the centre circle which allows Real Madrid to get back into their defensive shape.
90' There are three minutes of added time.
89' Isco breaks the passing pattern and dribbles the ball past a couple of opponents in midfield. He is quickly fouled and Real Madrid return to passing the ball between their midfield and defence.
87' Real Madrid are comfortably tapping the ball around in midfield. The crowd seems to have relaxed after a few tense moments in the second half.
85' Gaya hits a low, driven cross to Parejo on the edge of the box but the midfielder cannot control it and loses possession.
K. Benzema
Assist
Real Madrid
83' Benzema gets the assist for an unselfish pass to Vazquez inside the area. The striker had controlled the ball in the box after Carvajal's bursting run down the right and calmly rolled the ball to Vazquez.
Lucas Vázquez
Goal
Real Madrid
83' VAZQUEZ MAKES IT 2-0 TO REAL MADRID! Vazquez passes the ball into the net with his left foot from close range after an electric Real Madrid counter-attack.
Isco
Dani Ceballos
Real Madrid
80' Ceballos has worked very hard tonight and he is replaced by Isco.
79' Real Madrid have several chances to shoot inside the Valencia box, but a string of last-ditch challenges stop the hosts getting a clear opportunity.
78' GREAT SAVE! Batshuayi gets in behind the Real Madrid defence and has time to pick a place to finish. He goes for a side-footed effort and Courtois pulls off a close range save. The flag goes up for offside shortly after so it would not have counted anyway.
76' Kondogbia receives the ball on the half-turn in midfield and begins to spin towards goal. Llorente makes a sliding challenge and gives away a free-kick. Valencia chip the set piece into the box and Real Madrid head the ball away from danger.
75' Guedes is left in a lot of room out on the left and Piccini attempts to switch the play to him. The winger is standing way offside and the flag goes up.
73' BLOCKED! Llorente is clear down Real Madrid's right and passes across the box to Asensio. Valencia's defence is all over the place, but Asensio's shot is a poor one. Piccini blocks the ball on the line and Valencia are still in the game.
M. Batshuayi
K. Gameiro
Valencia
72' Gameiro struggled to impact the game. Batshuayi comes on in his place as the visitors chase an equaliser.
F. Valverde
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
71' Modric has looked tired in the second half and is replaced by Valverde.
Dani Ceballos
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
71' Ceballos gets the first Real Madrid booking for tripping Gaya.
70' Vazquez carries the ball towards the Valencia box, but the winger is short of options and is tackled.
G. Kondogbia
F. Coquelin
Valencia
68' Kondogbia is brought on for Coquelin and will slot into midfield alongside Parejo.
C. Piccini
D. Wass
Valencia
68' Valencia make their first substitution as Piccini replaces Wass.
67' Bale has failed to score in his last 10 LaLiga appearances, the worst run in his LaLiga career.
65' Over the bar! Coquelin flicks a free-kick on and Gabriel arrives at the back post. The central defender volleys from close range and hits it way too high.
Marco Asensio
G. Bale
Real Madrid
63' Bale is replaced by Asensio as Solari looks to freshen his side up for the remainder of the match.
63' Offside! Parejo looks to have found Mina in behind the defence again. The striker controls and tries to take the ball past Courtois. The flag eventually goes up, but it is another scare for the Real Madrid defence.
62' Gaya makes an intelligent underlapping run into the box and is found by Guedes. His cut back is misplaced and Real Madrid clear the ball once again.
60' Parejo picks out Soler with a driven pass. The wide midfielder gets the ball out of his feet and crosses, but it is blocked behind for a corner by Reguilon. The resulting corner does not get past the first man and Real Madrid clear.
59' Real Madrid have Valencia sat on the edge of their own box. Carvajal is foolishly caught offside out on the wing to release the pressure.
57' Soler snatches the ball off Reguilon out by the touchline and threads a pass towards Mina. The striker goes down under a challenge from Llorente, but the referee waves away Valencia's appeals for a penalty.
55' The game has really opened up in the last few minutes. Valencia are committing more men forward than they were in the first half, which is giving Real Madrid space on the break.
53' Huge miss! Mina makes a run off Ramos' shoulder and takes Parejo's ball down perfectly while sprinting. With the ball bouncing, the forward gets under his shot and it goes well over the bar.
52' Soler ambitiously tries to take on Ceballos and Reguilon on the left. He loses the ball and fouls Ceballos. Real Madrid get the chance to build from the back again.
51' Carvajal bursts away from Guedes and drives with the ball into the Valencia half. Parejo cannot keep pace with the full-back, who pokes a throughball to Benzema. It's ever so slightly overhit and Valencia get the ball back.
49' Mina squares up Ramos on the right of the Real Madrid box. He finds enough space to hit the ball across goal. Gameiro is on his heels at the back post and cannot get anywhere near the cross.
47' Benzema drops deep to receive a throw in, which he controls well. The striker plays a short pass to Vazquez, but it is misplaced and goes out of play.
46' The referee blows his whistle to get us back underway for the second half.
Solari will be pleased with what he has seen so far, though the hosts will be disappointed they have not taken advantage of their control of the game. Marcelino can take positives from his side's defensive display, but the chaos at the back that led to the goal will be a concern. Kondogbia is an option off the bench for the visitors as they try and win some more possession. Asensio could replace Vazquez for Real Madrid, who has been very quiet in the first half.
Real Madrid lead 1-0 after Wass’ early own goal. The hosts are unrecognisable from the side that lost to Eibar last weekend and have completely controlled the match. Valencia have struggled to win the ball and have been dominated in midfield.
45' HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 1-0 VALENCIA
43' Soler misses a chance to intercept Ramos' pass out to Reguilon. The left-back receives the ball and picks a short pass to Bale in the box. The winger tries to find Benzema in the middle but it is cut out.
41' Carvajal begins to carry the ball down the right wing. Guedes closes him down and pokes it out for a throw.
39' Soler threads a throughball to Gameiro. The striker dribbles to the byline and cuts the ball back into the box. The support is not there in time and Ramos clears.
37' Carvajal plays a great pass to Modric down the inside-right channel. The midfielder has space and gives it straight to Benzema who spins and shoots from the edge of the box. His shot goes over the bar.
36' Real Madrid press very high and force Valencia to play the ball back to Neto. The goalkeeper does not panic, though, and plays a calm pass to Parejo in space.
34' Reguilon beats Wass to the ball and pokes it through his legs. Valencia's right-back gives away a free-kick for a late challenge.
33' Benzema finds Reguilon in space on the left. The left-back puts a cross in and Valencia concede a corner. Modric takes it and Varane gets his head to the ball but it drops and Valencia clear it.
31' Parejo has a right-footed shot from about 30 yards out. His effort is saved comfortably by Courtois.
29' Superb save! Bale controls the ball on the corner of the six-yard box after a cross and jinks to get space on his left. He smashes a shot at goal and Neto gets a strong hand to it. Benzema complains to the referee that his shirt was pulled while the cross was in the air.
27' Vazquez has an opportunity to take on Gaya out on Real Madrid's right. He surprisingly decides against it, and attempts a crossfield ball to Bale. Valencia intercept the pass and regain possession.
25' Real Madrid have had 63 per cent possession so far, and completed 92 per cent of their passes, but they have managed just one shot inside the Valencia box.
23' Real Madrid have pinned the visitors in their half for the last few minutes and are pressing well when they lose the ball.
21' Modric takes the resulting free-kick from the right. Bale misses the header after a near post run and Gameiro heads the ball away from the penalty area.
José Gayà
Yellow Card
Valencia
20' Gaya is the latest player to be shown a yellow card. He was beaten by Vazquez by the touchline and cynically held the winger back.
18' Soler receives the ball in between the lines and tries a chipped pass in behind the defence. He gets too much on it and Courtois claims.
16' Reguilon finds Bale down the left, who threads a ball down the line to Ceballos. The midfielder cannot the ball under control and Valencia get the ball back.
14' Bale cuts in onto his right foot and fires a low shot towards goal from the corner of the box. Neto easily saves at the near post.
13' A few sharp passes from the hosts end when Bale tries to whip a cross in towards Benzema. Valencia head clear.
Carlos Soler
Yellow Card
Valencia
11' Soler is the second Valencia player in the book after a late challenge on Reguilon.
10' Neto attempts a pass out to Valencia's right flank. He overhits and it goes out for a Real Madrid throw in.
D. Wass
Own Goal
Valencia
8' 1-0 TO REAL MADRID! Wass sticks it into his own net as he tries to head Carvajal's cross clear.
Gabriel Paulista
Yellow Card
Valencia
6' Gabriel is rolled by Benzema on the halfway line and takes him down. He goes into the referee's book.
5' Parejo's pass out to Gaya is misplaced, which causes a clash between the left-back and Carvajal. The Real Madrid man gives away a free-kick for a high foot.
3' Close! Ceballos plays Bale in down the left flank and the Welshman is given space to cross. His left-footed delivery is a bit behind Benzema on the edge of the box, but he gets a good connection and volleys just wide.
1' Bale gives away an early free-kick for a trip on Soler near the halfway line.
1' The referee blows his whistle and we are underway!
Only against Espanyol (67) have Real Madrid won more home league games than against Valencia (60) in their history.
Coquelin is named in Valencia's central midfield ahead of Kondogbia after impressing against Rayo Vallecano last weekend. Rodrigo Moreno is unavailable with a hamstring injury for the visitors and is replaced by Gameiro in the starting line-up.
Casemiro is still recovering from an ankle injury and does not Real Madrid's matchday squad. Toni Kroos also misses out, which sees Ceballos and Llorente start alongside Modric in midfield. Isco and Asensio only make the bench as Vazquez starts in the front three with Benzema and Bale.
SUBS: Geoffrey Kondogbia, Toni Lato, Cristiano Piccini, Michy Batshuayi, Jaume Domenech, Mouctar Diakhaby, Ferran Torres.
VALENCIA (4-4-2): Neto; Daniel Wass, Ezequiel Garay, Gabriel, Jose Gaya; Carlos Soler, Daniel Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Goncalo Guedes; Santi Mina, Kevin Gameiro.
SUBS: Javi Sanchez, Isco, Mariano, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Keylor Navas, Federico Valverde.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Reguilon; Luka Modric, Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos; Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale.
Let's take a look at the two teams for tonight, starting with the hosts.
Valencia started the season poorly. However, they have turned things round of late with back-to-back LaLiga victories. Valencia are only six points outside the top four and can overtake Real Madrid with victory this evening.
Real Madrid recovered from embarrassment against Eibar last weekend by beating Roma in the Champions League in midweek. Santiago Solari has led his team to five victories in six matches, but this is his biggest domestic test so far.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Real Madrid and Valencia.